Glyndwr Michael - 'Major William Martin Royal Marines'

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Reference WMO/279196


Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: This memorial commemorates an elaborate deception plan whilst using the body of a dead homeless man called Glyndwr Michael, and so honours his, albeit deceased part in "Operation Mincement" which was highly successful and saved thousands of lives during the invasion of Sicily in WW2.
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"The man who never was" 'Operation Mincemeat' Wars are won by acts of strength, bravery and guile. But they are also won by feats of imagination. 'Operation Mincemeat' is the incredibly true story of an elaborate deception plan by Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley, officers of MI5 who fooled the German High Command.

Glyndwr Michael (Major William Martin) Ewen Montague MI5 Charles Cholmondeley MI5 Rear Admiral John Godfrey

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