it about time that somebody revealed the truth surrounding the death
of Glenn Miller in December 1944? The myth of his demise over the
English Channel has been around too long, and questioned too many
times for it to continue.
the beginning of that fateful month in the winter of 1944 Glenn
Miller was ordered to meet with General Eisenhower at his Paris,
France HQ. The reason for this summons was kept a closely guarded
secret but it is likely that it related to the Battle of the Bulge
fought in northern Europe between 16th December 1944 and 28th January
1945. As well as his orchestra's immense morale building contribution
to the war effort, Glenn Miller had been broadcasting propaganda
messages to Germany, in the German language, extolling its citizens
to stop fighting and help bring the war to a speedy conclusion.
the end of 1944 Germany was quite clearly losing the war, and the
Battle of the Bulge was seen by the allies as the final push towards
Germany's ultimate defeat. It would therefore have been quite
reasonable for Eisenhower to ask Glenn Miller to broadcast again in
an attempt to reduce the length of the campaign and so save hundreds,
if not thousands of allied lives. Unfortunately this series of
broadcasts never happened and British researchers into the death of
Glenn Miller have come up with a more plausible theory to explain the
bandleader's sudden disappearance.
December 1944 the German Army, under the command of Waffen-SS
commando Otto Skorzeny, instigated Operation Greif (Grab) which used
specially-trained German soldiers in captured Allied uniforms and
vehicles to stir up panic and confusion behind allied lines. In
addition it was thought that one of these units had been ordered to
kidnap or kill General Eisenhower at his Paris headquarters. The
conjecture is that such a unit almost succeeded in their mission and
that Glenn Miller received serious head injuries during the ensuing conflict.
Eisenhower was quickly spirited away in an armoured vehicle which
became his standard mode of transport from that time on, whilst Glenn
Miller was flown home to the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio
for emergency medical treatment. It is assumed that he never
recovered and was buried secretly in their military cemetery.
research of the British enthusiasts indicates that Glenn Miller's
wife Helen never believed that Glenn Miller died in the English
Channel, and she is reported to have spent three years bombarding the
authorities with letters demanding the truth of his death. But
mysteriously, after three years and a visit from the military it is
said that she stopped writing and moved her family to California.
Could it be that the authorities did indeed tell her the truth and
gave up her husband's remains for re-burial in the newly purchased
family plot on the west coast in return for total secrecy?
the veil that surrounds Glenn Miller's death is lifted we shall
probably never know. But why should that veil even exist nearly sixty
years after the event? And why should the researchers, mostly amateur
enthusiasts with a passion for Glenn Miller's music, be concerned
about what may happen to them if they dare to peep through?
all accounts Glenn Miller was a hero, an American patriot who gave
up a lucrative musical career to serve his country and subsequently
paid the ultimate price. Perhaps revealing the truth of his death
could dent Eisenhower's reputation a little if it was discovered for
example that security in the 1944 Paris HQ was not all that it could
have been. But surely, given Eisenhower's subsequent exemplary
record, is this not a small price to pay to put the record straight
for a man whose music and reputation have been the inspiration of
generations for the past seventy years?