Secrets of World War Two

The Corpse That Fooled the Axis

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Corpse That Fooled the Axis



How an elaborate hoax duped the Germans into thinking the Allies were marshalling their forces in Sardinia in preparation for an invasion of Europe, diverting Nazi forces away from the real point of attack - Sicily. Planting false battle plans on the corpse of a pneumonia victim and ensuring the body washed up on the shores of a Nazi stronghold, the scene was set for one of the most successful disinformation exercises of the war.