The Man Who Never Was (1956)

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Second World War spy drama based on true events. Prior to the Allies' assault on Sicily, British Intelligence attempts to convince the Nazis that their aim is really to land in Greece, thereby diverting many German troops to the wrong place and saving the lives of up to 30,000 Allied soldiers. The task is given to Lieutenant-Commander Ewen Montagu, of the Navy, who hatches a plan, codename Operation Mincemeat, to float ashore in Spain the dead body of a supposedly drowned officer carrying top secret documents about a planned landing in Greece. With little time, Montagu and his team set about ingeniously making the hoax as convincing as possible (not the least obstacle being the finding of a recently dead body they may use which the Germans will believe was drowned after crash-landing in the sea). Once the plan is underway, the Germans, suspicious, send an Irish man, Patrick O'Reilly, to London to follow some clues to establish whether this officer really existed. The Irish spy's findings will cement or destroy the success of the operation.

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