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Hess, Hitler & Churchill : the real turning point of the Second World War : a secret history / Peter Padfield.

By: Padfield, Peter.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge : Icon, 2013Description: xxxvi, 428 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781848316027 (hardback); 9781848316027.Other title: Hess, Hitler and Churchill.Subject(s): Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 | Hess, Rudolf, 1894-1987 | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Deception -- Great Britain | History -- Errors, inventions, etc | World War, 1939-1945 -- Causes | Germany -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain | Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- GermanyDDC classification: 940.54/8641
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: ch. One Death in the summer house -- ch. Two The big question -- ch. Three Hess -- ch. Four The Jewish question -- ch. Five Struggle for peace -- ch. Six Churchill - and the Jews -- ch. Seven Clandestine approaches -- ch. Eight Deception operations -- ch. Nine Two-front war -- ch. Ten Take off! -- ch. Eleven Reactions -- ch. Twelve Conflicting statements -- ch. Thirteen Negotiations? -- ch. Fourteen The story leaks -- ch. Fifteen The `final solution' -- ch. Sixteen The real story? -- ch. Seventeen Spandau -- ch. Eighteen Final audit -- ch. Nineteen The answer?.
Summary: When Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess set off for Britain on a peace mission in May 1941, he launched one of the great mysteries of the Second World War. Had he really acted alone, without Hitler's knowledge? Who were the British he had come to see? Was British intelligence involved? Now, award-winning historian Peter Padfield presents striking new evidence that demands the wholesale reappraisal of the episode, both in terms of what actually happened - and who knew what - and its significance in the wider context of the war. For, allied to a powerful argument that Hess must have had both Hitler's backing and considerable encouragement from Britain, Padfield demonstrates that he also brought with him a draft peace treaty committing Hitler to the evacuation of occupied European countries. Made public, this would have destroyed Churchill's campaign to bring the United States into the war. Expertly woven into a compelling narrative that touches on Lord (Victor) Rothschild and the Cambridge spy ring, possible British foreknowledge of Operation Barbarossa and the 'final solution', MI6's use of Hess to prevent the bombing of London and the mysterious circumstances of his death in Spandau prison - including the previously unseen witness accounts from that day - Hess, Hitler and Churchill is among the most important history books of recent years.
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When Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess set off for Britain on a peace mission in May 1941, he launched one of the great mysteries of the Second World War. Had he really acted alone, without Hitler's knowledge? Who were the British he had come to see? Was British intelligence involved?Award-winning historian Peter Padfield presents striking new evidence that demands the wholesale reappraisal of the episode. For, allied to a powerful argument that Hess must have had both Hitler's backing and considerable encouragement from Britain, Padfield demonstrates that he also brought with him a draft peace treaty committing Hitler to the evacuation of occupied European countries. Made public, this would have destroyed Churchill's campaign to bring the United States into the war. Expertly woven into a compelling narrative that touches on Lord (Victor) Rothschild and the Cambridge spy ring, possible British foreknowledge of Operation Barbarossa and the 'final solution', MI6's use of Hess to prevent the bombing of London and the mysterious circumstances of his death in Spandau prison - including the previously unseen witness accounts from that day - Hess, Hitler and Churchill is among the most important history books of recent years.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Machine generated contents note: ch. One Death in the summer house -- ch. Two The big question -- ch. Three Hess -- ch. Four The Jewish question -- ch. Five Struggle for peace -- ch. Six Churchill - and the Jews -- ch. Seven Clandestine approaches -- ch. Eight Deception operations -- ch. Nine Two-front war -- ch. Ten Take off! -- ch. Eleven Reactions -- ch. Twelve Conflicting statements -- ch. Thirteen Negotiations? -- ch. Fourteen The story leaks -- ch. Fifteen The `final solution' -- ch. Sixteen The real story? -- ch. Seventeen Spandau -- ch. Eighteen Final audit -- ch. Nineteen The answer?.

When Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess set off for Britain on a peace mission in May 1941, he launched one of the great mysteries of the Second World War. Had he really acted alone, without Hitler's knowledge? Who were the British he had come to see? Was British intelligence involved? Now, award-winning historian Peter Padfield presents striking new evidence that demands the wholesale reappraisal of the episode, both in terms of what actually happened - and who knew what - and its significance in the wider context of the war. For, allied to a powerful argument that Hess must have had both Hitler's backing and considerable encouragement from Britain, Padfield demonstrates that he also brought with him a draft peace treaty committing Hitler to the evacuation of occupied European countries. Made public, this would have destroyed Churchill's campaign to bring the United States into the war. Expertly woven into a compelling narrative that touches on Lord (Victor) Rothschild and the Cambridge spy ring, possible British foreknowledge of Operation Barbarossa and the 'final solution', MI6's use of Hess to prevent the bombing of London and the mysterious circumstances of his death in Spandau prison - including the previously unseen witness accounts from that day - Hess, Hitler and Churchill is among the most important history books of recent years.

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