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William Martin
Original name: Glyndwr Michael
Birth: Mar. 29, 1907
Death: Apr. 24, 1943

World War II Figure. He was known as "The Man Who Never Was." The figure of Major William Martin was used by British Naval Intelligence and MI5 to dupe the Nazis into believing that planned Allied landings in Southern Europe would take place in Greece and Sardinia. The name of the operation was Mincemeat. That operation consisted in the use of a body of a dead man, dressed him in the uniform of Royal Marines, given a false identity and place his body with false documents into the sea. The body was discovered in Huelva (Spain), and soon, the fascist regime of General Franco informed the Nazis. The success of Allied landing in Sicily partly attributed to these plans of deception. The real identity of the body was Glyndwr Michael born in Aberbagoed, South Wales, born in January 4th, 1909 and died in London in January 28, 1943. The story was reflected in the film "The Man Who Never Was" (1956). (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) 
 
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William Martin
born 29 March 1907
died 24 April 1943

beloved son of John Glyndwyr Martin and the late Antonia Martin of Cardiff, Wales

Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori

R.I.P.

Glyndwr Michael
Served as Major William Martin, RM
 
Burial:
Cementerio de la Soledad
Huelva
Provincia de Huelva
Andalucia, Spain
Plot: San Marcos Section, Grave 14
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
Record added: Jun 26, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11237449
William Martin
Added by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
 
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To the man who was never known, Thank you for your great sacrifice may your memory be blessed...
- yonatan ratner
 Added: Jul. 30, 2014
Peace!
- J. Bruce Fox
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014

- Joe Gibbens
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
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