Hess and the mi6 sting

John Harris, author of an important book on Rudolf Hess and his flight to Scotland, has secured new evidence that suggests this part of WWII history might have to be re-written...

 

John Harris' book - Rudolf Hess: The British Illusion of Peace, explores the change of strategy employed by the German High Command when it became obvious that an invasion was not going to be militarily possible.

It was apparent to the Nazi leaders that the military option of invasion of Britain was no longer viable, therefore a tactical change was implemented. Firstly, the 'Blitz' commenced in an attempt to bomb Britain to the negotiating table and secondly, Rudolf Hess decided to implement his own diplomatic peace mission. This was to directly lead to his bizarre flight to Scotland on the night of 10 May 1941 (which was also to coincide with the last major raid of the Blitz).

If Britain could not be defeated militarily it was vital to Germany that Britain was at least neutralised prior to the commencement of Operation Barbarossa, which originally was planned for 15 May 1941. The 'two front war' had long been cited as a principal reason for the 1918 German defeat and yet whilst Britain remained unbowed and a Russian invasion was planned the repetition of a disastrous two front war began to look all the more likely.

The stakes were to about to get even higher. In December 1940, Hitler approved the military plans for the Russian invasion. The invasion was on and still Britain had to be subdued...

On 31 August 1940 Rudolf Hess, one of Hitler's oldest confidants (the two men had been imprisoned in Landsberg prison together in 1923 following their attempted coup) met with his former university tutor and long time friend, Karl Haushofer. The meeting was recorded as taking place from 5.00pm to 2.00am the following morning and included a three hour walk in the Grunwalder Forest, south of Munich. Haushofer was a former Army General and is credited with the Nazi policy of Lebensraum, or 'living space'. It was this meeting that was to instigate the chain of events that was to lead to the flight....

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