So TIL that, when planning the invasion of Sicily the Allies "allowed" a corpse wearing the uniform of the British Royal Marines to wash up on the Spanish coast carrying plans for a false invasion of Greece which the Germans obviously intercepted and believed to be authentic
The body belonged to a homeless dude who apparently died due to ingesting rat poison
Now despite having a graduate degree in History I've not studied the military history of the Second World War so this information is new to me, even though it's probably OLD NEWS to all the WWII buffs out there. I apologize for being ignorant up until now
So you might be wondering "Elle why did you learn this today?"

Well last night I had a really weird and involved dream that I was a former museum tour guide who somehow became involved in the planning of the Allied invasion of Sicily, an event I didn't really know much about
And I was curious how my random weird dream matched up with reality. I realize now the dream probably mostly came from my vague memories of the movie Patton, which I was forced to watch about a billion times as a child
In a weird twist of fate three of my father's uncles took part in the invasion of Sicily. One uncle had actually been born in Sicily & from what my mother can recall he was some kind of scout or something for the Allies. Unfortunately he's no longer living so I cannot confirm
AND he also was my godfather.
My father came from a very large Italian family; he was adopted when his mother was older so her siblings & in-laws were kind of all World War II veterans. Not all of them talked about it but one of his uncles would tell me like, really detailed stories about his service
He fought at Monte Cassino and was involved in the breakthrough to Rome. He spoke Italian so the army used him to speak with locals but he was also treated like shit by his fellow servicemembers, who'd call him traitor & similar. Very complex stories!

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