The Man Who Never Was

Based on actual events, this 1956 spy thriller stars Clifton Webb as Lt. Commander Ewen Montagu, author of the book by the same name. It’s 1943 and the Allies are about to invade Sicily. British Intelligence develops an ingenious plot to fool the Germans into thinking the invasion will take place elsewhere.

Using a recently deceased corpse, they create a man who never existed, with a briefcase full of official looking documents handcuffed to his wrist. The body of the fictitious “Major Martin” is released from a submarine off the coast of Spain. As planned, the body floats to shore, is recovered by authorities and repatriated to the British, but not before German intelligence agents get a look at the briefcase’s contents. The trap has been sprung, and the outcome had a major impact on the war in Europe.

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Steve Corbo

A founding member and corporate secretary of the Italian American Veterans Museum, Steve Corbo is the museum’s curator and a military consultant for Fra Noi. He has served for 25 years as president of S.A. Corbo & Associates Inc., providing professional liability insurance to health care providers. The son and nephew of World War II veterans and a passionate military historian for over 50 years, he has written and published articles on a variety of topics, including military history, and serves as the military consultant for Fra Noi, the Chicago-area Italian-American magazine.

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