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18th Jul 2012, 21:05
BBC2's evening scheduling inserted a programme about Operation Mincemeat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mincemeat) tonight instead of the advertised event. Did anyone see it?
18th Jul 2012, 21:33
Yes, I did. :ok:
It is also the subject of a cracking 1956 movie The Man Who Never Was (1956) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049471/)
PS. It's Operation MINCEMEAT - the codeword is in capitals :ok:
18th Jul 2012, 21:39
Had "Operation Crossbow" on last night. about the Photo Interpeters at Medmedham. Cracking prog. [If missed, "may" be avbl on Iplayer]
18th Jul 2012, 21:46
That'll be Operation CROSSBOW, then? :ugh:
I enjoyed the film, wish we had the other programs out here.
Will have to find them on line somewhere and watch them.
Re Operation MINCEMEAT in Wiki (Yes, I know), interesting to see that the
security services had to release the whole story in the 1950's because
of an amateur who wrote a fictional book so close to the truth.
("At this point the British security services decided that the best response was to publish the story.)
Not often you see that but you have to wonder if the author with the posts he held during the war didn't have inside knowledge.
18th Jul 2012, 21:59
Who are you?.....The thread police?
Come on mate chill.....:ok:
18th Jul 2012, 22:58
I bought Ben Macintyre's book 'Operation Mincemeat' to read on a flight a couple of years ago and it was unputdownable!
ISBN 978 1 4088 0600 5 - available from all the usual retailers.
I recall my father saying how good the film was when he went to see it with some friends at the local fleapit - and that it was very close to the true story!
19th Jul 2012, 06:08
Leon Jabachjabicz. I know what you mean but remember that JSP101 has now been reduced to the status of "guide". Comms anarchy isn't, apparently, considerd undesirable. :sad:
19th Jul 2012, 07:38
The Operation Crossbow programme was a rewrite of history, It for example mentioned Cherwell who totally opposed the idea that Germany had rockets yet makes no mention of professor RV Jones who proved their existence or Constance Babbington-Smith the lead Photo Interpreter. It also said that Medmedham instigated the raids on Peenemünde and the Ski sites, which is rather beyond their authority, and why was the programme full of Yanks who played no part in Peenemünde?
19th Jul 2012, 08:23
Who are you?.....The thread police?
Come on mate chill.....http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/thumbs.gif
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19th Jul 2012, 10:38
The TV prog referred to a picture of Cholmondeley and Montagu posing with the van shortly after crossing the Scottish border. In the book the same (I think) pic is annotated "at Langbank on the River Clyde". Langbank ain't close to the border.
'Just pretend to be lovers to give a ring of truth to our letters.' Yeah, right, Monty! :}
19th Jul 2012, 10:52
One thing that always amuses me about this site is how quickly the pedantic tribe swing into action. It must be hell, hovering, waiting for a typo. (Sorry, I meant typographical error)
And I haven't had too many posts either. So I suppose that means I should also keep my thoughts to myself. :confused:
19th Jul 2012, 11:09
BBC iPlayer - Operation Mincemeat (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wllmb/Operation_Mincemeat/)
BBC iPlayer - Operation Crossbow (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011cr8f/Operation_Crossbow/)