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The unauthorised solo flight to Britain by Hitler’s Deputy Rudolf Hess in May 1941 still stands out as one of the most bizarre and intriguing episodes of World War II.
In a new expanded and updated Paperback Edition of his book “The Truth about Rudolf Hess” James Douglas-Hamilton examines the background to this extraordinary affair and the myths which surround it. He traces the developments which persuaded Hess to undertake his deluded attempt to broker a peace deal and remove Britain from the War, so that Hitler would not have to fight on two fronts when his planned attack on Russia was launched.
The author also examines the unsought involvement of his father the Duke of Hamilton in the story when, although they had never met, Hess asked to speak to him after he parachuted into Scotland.
The part played in this affair by the previously little known Professor Albrecht Haushofer, an academic and Anglophile, who acted as Hess’ consultant, is highlighted and his doomed journey through the horrors of Nazi Germany leading him to a terrible fate is recounted.
Material contained in the most recently released Foreign Office papers is also analysed in this new Edition and the author looks at how Germany has attempted to confront and deal with its Wartime past.
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