I've just finished the book " Operation Mincemeat" by Ben Macintyre which describes the astounding true story of the most audacious and successful deception ever carried out during the second World War.
A British Naval Intelligence Team which included a young Ian Flemming used a stolen corpse disguised as a Royal Marines Officer with some false papers to fool the Axis into thinking Greece rather than Sicily would be invaded in July 1943.
I'm posting this for two reasons.
Firstly the attention to detail in the planning and execution of this operation will appeal,I believe to many warch collectors?
Secondly the mystery, I believe, surrounding the watch worn by the corpse?
The only description I can find in the list of personal effects is " watch , wrist" to describe the said timepiece.
There is one photograph I could find which shows surprisingly a dress watch rather than a field watch?
The watch is on a leather strap and appears to have a small seconds complication. That's about it!
Why was this supposed Royal Marines Major wearing a dress watch rather than an issue Field watch?
Can anyone identify the watch worn?
Sorry its not much to go on! I have done a bit of research but have so far drawn a blank.
Anyone more expert in Vintage dress watches or vintage in general able to shed some light on this fascinating mystery?
I'm recently afflicted and now spend many happy hours watching and reading anything watch related. Eager to converse with like minded fools...