1943: 'Operation Mincemeat'
On 15 April 1943, plans for 'Operation Mincemeat' were approved by Winston Churchill. Wishing to invade Italy via Sicily, the Allies needed to convince the Germans that they would in fact surge north via Sardinia and Corsica.
To achieve this, a body was floated ashore in southern Spain, carrying papers which identified him as Major Martin of the Royal Marines. He also had material detailing the false invasion routes. To make this more credible other documents were added. These included a letter from Ernest Whitley-Jones, then Joint General Manager of Lloyds Bank (Chief General Manager from 1946), requesting repayment of a ￡79.19s.2d overdraft.
The operation was a success.
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