Frederick Mayer and Operation Greenup:The Real Inglorious Bastards.

History of Sorts

One of my favourite WW2 movies is Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds”

Although the movie was mostly fictional it is based,albeit loosely, on Frederick Mayer and the operation he was to head up, “Operation Greenup”

During World War II, the U.S. government’s newly formed Office of Strategic Services trained thousands of men and launched hundreds of undercover missions. The Real Inglorious Bastards recounts the thrilling story of one of the most successful of these missions—Operation Greenup, comprised of two young Jewish refugees and one Wehrmacht officer.


Three unlikely brothers-in-arms parachuted one perilous winter night into the Austrian Alps, risking their lives to strike back at Nazi Germany.

Friedrich Mayer was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden, Germany, into a Jewish family. He was the son of Berthilda (Dreyfuss) and Heinrich Mayer.His father had served in the Imperial German Army during World War I, and was decorated with the Iron Cross Second…

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