The Man who never was

From Wikinormous

alleged tomb of Major William Martin
or was he?

The tomb of William Martin is till located in Spain although it is well known that there is no William Martin buried there...

diversion deluxe

Aiming to divert through false flag espionage, intelligence or operation, with an extra twist one simply tells everything. Give the opponent both the true and false scheme, and then put all the effort into the subsequently more manageable (human) markers. If rumors were to spill of the "real operation" then it could more easily be redirected with further smoke and mirrors, if at all necessary. Means of manipulation gets added maneuverability in a "play both sides tactics".

In The Man who never was, they apparently did just that. Focus on giving ”credibility” to the false information. This tangents to the oft mentioned "hidden in plain site" method.

the joke

One way of adding "credibility" to the factual deception, the false flag, is to "hush-hush" mention about the operation preferably with a touch of humor, while the real operation is kept dry and serious. In The Man who Never Was, the mention of "bringing home some sardines, they are so expensive these days you know", was the lure (one of them). At this time around 1943, Sardinia was one of many military hotspots, but in this case the false mission. The real being Sicily.

According to the author of the book The Man who Never Was, Ewen Montagu, the mission was a success, in that they indeed got the enemy focused on the wrong island, very likely with less casualties, on the Allied side at least.


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