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Name: Ewen Montagu  
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Date of Birth: 29th March 1901
Place of Birth: London, England, UK
Profession: Writer
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Captain Ewen Edward Samuel Montagu (March 19, 1901-July 19, 1985) was a British judge, writer and intelligence officer.

The second son of Louis Samuel Montagu, 2nd Baron Swaythling, Ewen was a machine gun instructor during World War I in a United States naval air station even while in his teens. After the war he studied in Trinity College, Oxford and in Harvard University before he was called to the bar in 1924.

During World War II, Montagu served in the Naval Intelligence Division of the British Admiralty, where he conceived Operation Mincemeat, a major deception plan against the Germans during the war. For his role in Mincemeat, he was awarded the Military Order of the British Empire. From 1945 to 1973 he held the position of Judge Advocate of the Fleet. He wrote The Man Who Never Was (1953), a fair, responsible account of Mincemeat, which was later made into a movie three years later.

Other Books by Ewen Montagu

  • The Archer-Shee Case (1974)
  • Beyond Top Secret (1977)


  • Montagu himself appeared in the film The Man Who Never Was, playing an RAF officer who disparaged his own character (played by Clifton Webb) in a briefing.
  • His brother Igor was a lifelong Communist who spied for the GRU. His code name according to the VENONA intercepts was Nobility.

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