‘Operation Mincemeat’ on Netflix: The true story behind the Colin Firth film

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“Operation Mincemeat,” which is now out there on Netflix, showcases one of many greatest stunts the British military pulled throughout World Warfare II. Within the movie, Colin Firth clothes up as a corpse to idiot the Germans. 

Right here’s what actually occurred. 

In 1943, Ewen Montagu, who’s performed by Firth, and the British navy misdirected the German navy away from the Invasion of Sicily with a useless physique for the German forces to seek out. On the useless physique had been paperwork for the Nazis to seek out, which urged there was an invasion of Greece and Sardinia. 

Colin Firth attends the

Colin Firth attends the “Operation Mincemeat” UK premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on April 12, 2022 in London, England.
(Picture by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Photos for Warner Bros)

Two British officers carried out this plan, Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley, who’s performed by Matthew Macfadyen. The 2 males obtained the physique of a useless, homeless man and gave him a brand new id, Captain William Martin. The homeless man had died of rat poisoning.

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The British military then launched the physique on the Southern coast of Spain, and it was found by fisherman. Earlier than the lads on the ocean returned the physique and paperwork to the British, they notified the Germans.

Later, decryptions of German messages proved that the British navy’s plan labored. German forces went to Greece as an alternative of Sicily, which led to a profitable invasion.

Writer Ben Macintyre wrote “Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II,” which the Netflix movie relies on. Macintyre has been outspoken prior to now about how this film is an outline of what actually occurred in World Warfare II. 

(L-R) Thelma Adams, John Madden, Colin Firth, Michelle Ashford, and Thomas Newman speak onstage during Netflix's

(L-R) Thelma Adams, John Madden, Colin Firth, Michelle Ashford, and Thomas Newman converse onstage throughout Netflix’s “Operation Mincemeat” particular screening in Paris in Might.
(Picture by Theo Wargo/Getty Photos for Netflix)

“It wasn’t until MI5 began declassifying its files that you could really begin to tell true stories about a subject that’s been so heavily mystified and fictionalized,” he stated within the press notes interview. 

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“And so I began to look into the MI5 files, and they really are the most extraordinary cornucopia of detail because they’re written by and for people who never expected them to be made public. They were always intended to be kept secret. And so they’re honest in a way that most official files are not. Most people who know that this material is going to come out one day try to shade it slightly. They try to slightly cover up or make themselves look better or other people look worse. Not in these files. They’re absolutely genuine accounts of what is going on.”

The homeless man who obtained a brand new id is who some consider was Glyndwr Michael. It was by no means formally confirmed who the useless physique was, and Montagu refused to establish the individual his personal ebook, “The Man Who Never Was: The Remarkable Story of Operation Mincemeat.” 

Kelly Macdonald attends the UK Premiere of  

Kelly Macdonald attends the UK Premiere of  “Operation Mincemeat” at The Curzon Mayfair in April.
(Picture by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Alongside Firth, the Netflix movie stars Kelly Macdonald, Lorne MacFadyen, Matthew Macfayden and Paul Ritter.

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