(1872–1945), retired British First World War hero of the Zeebrugge raid and a member of parliament who served as Churchill's envoy to King Léopold of the Belgians during the fighting which led to the fall of France in June 1940. In July 1940 Churchill, a friend, made him director of Combined Operations. Keyes fostered the commandos and was a vociferous supporter of aggressive action, but was inclined to be overly bellicose. He was replaced by Mountbatten in October 1941 after he had disagreed with a directive from the British Chiefs of Staff that altered his title to ‘Adviser’. He was knighted in 1918 and created a baron in 1943.
From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Second World War.