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This is an auction for THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS by Ewen Montagu. review:

"FIVE STARS!!! This is the true story of a plan to deceive the Germans during World War II, written by the man who actually led the whole operation. Due to its high level of secrecy it could not first be revealed until the mid-1950s when this book first came out. Even then the full story could not be told because of another great secret of WWII (the fact that the British had cracked the German code 'Engima'). The idea was simple: dump a body with highly secret documents in a place where the Germans will be party to the find, make it so convincing that they take the bait and fail to realise the true place where the allies wanted to land (Sicily) so getting them to fortify the Dodecanese and Sardinia instead. It was a plan to save lives by reducing German resistance. And it worked - beautifully. Montagu gives us the inside story with all the twists and turns to how the idea was conceived and how it was implemented. And for such a simple idea it was of course relatively complicated to implement. How to find an appropriately dead body to dump - where to dump it - how to make sure the Germans would find it without being suspicious of the material and so on. All very fascinating stuff - it is very well-written and is such an amazing story it is hard to put down. This story is well publicised now - it has been the subject of at least one film and one documentary in the "Secrets of World War II" series - however it is highly readable and very well worthwhile picking up."

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Hardback 1953.

144 pages + photographs and other illustrations.

A previous owner's name. Otherwise, good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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