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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat was a successful British deception operation of the Second World War to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Two members of British intelligence obtained the body of Glyndwr Michael, a tramp who died from eating rat poison, dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed personal items on him identifying him as the fictitious Captain (Acting Major) William Martin. Correspondence between two British generals that suggested that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, with Sicily as merely the target of a feint, was also placed on the body. Part of the wider Operation Barclay, Mincemeat was based on the 1939 Trout memo, written by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division, and his … more »

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So! Ladies and 
No! so ladies and 
Try again, here we go 
Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered today to present our plan. 
A genius scheme, 
A brand new team. 
We truly are a well oiled 

Johnny, picture the scene: 

What if a British pilot crashed his plane, 
Then washed ashore in the south of Spain 
His body forgotten 
Rotting in the sun. 
So we've lost our man, 
Our hideous hero, 
The Spanish get a whiff of him, 
Oh Dios mio 
And then 
I'm sorry 
Now you go 
"You can do this Charlie" 
So they find our man 
Yes I get the gist! 
And the brief-case we've fixed to his wrist 
Jam packed with details of our next attack. 

"If you see what we're saying" 

But how does this send the Germans to Sardinia 
Oh Johnny I know that the suspense is killing ya! 
Relax! And we'll tell you all that you need to know 
So as you're aware 
Spain is rife 
With German spies who are bound to umm 
Right! Once they know the Spaniards have our boy 
So our Allied Sardinian invasion plans 
Will fly on the sly into enemy hands 
Telling Adolf exactly where to go 

"He'll go to Sardinia" 
"Was that clear?" 

They'll do background checks 
We'll get his papers set 
We could fake his ID? 
You know I'm pleased we met 
Jean that's enough 
You need me here to pick up the slack 
If we could maybe get back on track 
We'll rewrite history 
Our cadaver will be as traceable and real as you or me 
And I trust that a body can be found that will look to an expert freshly drowned 

"Now that is an interesting little" 
"That's one for you Charles I think" 
"Umm well," 
"I see" 
"Wait John, you wanted bold ideas, this is your chance
Mincemeat is the plan you've been waiting for to get us into Sicily" 

We need to trick the Hun, 
Get them off our tails 
Mincemeat is the plan that could tip the scales 
A Trojan horse 
Or rather Trojan corpse 
The key to taking Sicily back by force 
To win the fight it must be water tight. 
Find a body 
Yes Johnny now give us the green light 
We've told you all you need to know 
So just say yes and then we'll go 
Fine! You have your orders 
You have your orders! 
You have your orders! 
Now go.

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Written by: Natasha Hodgson, David Cumming, Zoe Roberts, Felix Hagan

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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