Operation Mincemeat FIRST LOOK: Extras film intense scenes for Colin Firth’s new war epic

Filming for Colin Firth’s new World War II drama Operation Mincemeat began in Devon on Thursday.

The war epic, which is being directed by John Madden, will present the true story a British deception operation that helped to disguise the 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily.

Extras dressed in soldiers uniforms could be seen filming action-packed scenes at Saunton Beach in North Devon, where they ran across the beaches with their guns in hand, proving they were ready for battle.

Action-packed: Extras filmed fight scenes on a beach in Devon as production gets underway for Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald’s new war epic Operation Mincemeat on Wednesday

According to Devon Live, explosions were set off on the beach during filming, while gunfire could also be heard as they shot intense battle scenes.

Colin was not seen on set, nor was his co-star Kelly Macdonald who is taking on an as-yet-unnamed role in the film.

Operation Micemeat saw two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, successfully execute an elaborate ruse against German forces. 

Drama: The war epic tells the true story a British deception operation that helped disguise the 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily, and Colin (pictured in 1917) is set to play lead Ewen Montagu

Drama: The war epic tells the true story a British deception operation that helped disguise the 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily, and Colin (pictured in 1917) is set to play lead Ewen Montagu

Yet to appear: Colin was not seen on set, nor was his co-star Kelly Macdonald who is taking on an as-yet-unnamed role in the film

Yet to appear: Colin was not seen on set, nor was his co-star Kelly Macdonald who is taking on an as-yet-unnamed role in the film

At war: According to Devon Live, explosions were set off on the beach during filming, while gunfire could also be heard as they shot intense battle scenes

At war: According to Devon Live, explosions were set off on the beach during filming, while gunfire could also be heard as they shot intense battle scenes

Taking the corpse of homeless man Glyndwr Michael, the duo dressed him up in a Royal Marines uniform, and plant fake documents on him that suggested the Allied forces was a planned invasion on Greece and Sardinia.

They took the body to the southern coast of Spain in a submarine and releasing it closer to shore, where it was picked up by a fisherman and taken to the Abwehr, a German military intelligence organisation, who fell for the ruse.

As a result, German forces sent their reinforcements to the locations named in the documents, allowing the Allied forces yo liberate the island of Sicily.

Intense scenes: Extras dressed in soldiers uniforms could be seen at Saunton Beach in North Devon, where they ran across the beaches with their guns in hand

Intense scenes: Extras dressed in soldiers uniforms could be seen at Saunton Beach in North Devon, where they ran across the beaches with their guns in hand



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