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Route knugget: Link between invasion in Normandy, James Bond's M., and Englands finest painter of horses

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General Dwight Eisenhower planned some of the operation from the Royal Oak in Withypool, UK
Source Picture: Wikipedia (Public Domain)


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Painting of Alfred Munnings
Source Picture: Wikipedia

Ian Flemming based his famous character M. on an English spymaster Maxwell Knight. This Maxwell Knight owned the Royal Oak Inn of Withypool.

In the same Royal Oak Inn, Eisenhower stayed during World War II. The nearby Woolacombe beach was used to simulate the invasion of Normandy, and General Dwight Eisenhower planned some of the operation from the Royal Oak.

Alfred Munnings is known as England's finest painter of horses. He had a studio in the loft of the same Royal Oak Inn of Withypool.


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