Operation Mincemeat

Codenames in the Second World War

During the Second World War, Before any operation could be formally launched it required a codename.

Codenames were complied by the Inter-Services Security Board, covering almost every aspect of the war: nations, cities, plans, locations, military operations, diplomatic meetings, places, individuals and spies were all disguised under false names.

These codenames where selected so as to be deliberately meaningless. Random lists of codenames were issued in alphabetical blocks of ten words, and then selected by chance as needed, six months after it became defunct, a codeword could be reassigned and reused.

Operation Mincemeat was a codename previously used for mine-laying operations which had now become available.

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My name is Ian Ecclestone and I am currently experimenting with the capabilities of CSS and HTML. Over the forthcoming months I shall visualise one aspect of the book which I am currently reading.

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Obvious codenames of World War Two


the planned invasion of Britain a most unsuitable reference to the lions on the royal coats of arms and the planned seaborne attack.


the Nazis long-range radar system named after the Norse god with the power to see great distances.


the codename for Britain meaning golf course.


the codename for the United States and a reference to Uncle Sam.

Agent Tate:

was so-called because he looked like the music-hall performer Harry Tate.

Agent Zigzag:

was named this because no one could be sure which way he would turn.