Synopses & Reviews
On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess - Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich - embarked on his astonishing flight from Augsburg to Scotland. At dusk the same day, he parachuted on to a Scottish moor and was taken into custody. His arrival provoked widespread curiosity and speculation, which has continued to this day. Why did Hess fly to Scotland? Had Hitler authorized him to attempt to negotiate peace? Was British intelligence involved? What was his state of mind at the time? Drawing on a variety of reliable archive and eyewitness sources in Britain, Germany and the USA, authors Roy Conyers Nesbit and Georges van Acker have written what must be the most objective assessment of the Hess story yet to be published. Their compelling narrative not only dispels many of the extraordinary conspiracy theories, but also uncovers some intriguing new facts.
This book resolves many of the riddles that still be devil this bizarre episode of the Second World War.
On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess - Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich - embarked on his astonishing flight from Augsburg to Scotland. At dusk the same day, he parachuted on to a Scottish moor and was taken into custody. In this work, the authors shed light on the reasons behind Hess's bizarre actions.
The story of Rudolf Hess has been the subject of more speculation than any other Nazi leader except Adolf Hitler. Hesss flight from Augsburg to Scotland in May 1941 in an attempt to negotiate peace continues to fascinate, while his long incarceration in Spandau Prison before his death in 1987 at the age of 93 still casts a long shadow on the consciences of many observers and commentators. The authors use archive sources in Britain, Germany, and the U.S., eyewitness accounts, and the assistance of Hesss son, Wolf Rüdiger Hess, and the Duke of Hamilton to shed new light on the life of Hess. Their account is fully referenced and will resolve many riddles which still bedevil this fascinating episode of World War II.
About the Author
Roy Conyers Nesbit has written more than 16 books on aspects of aviation history, including three volumes of The RAF in Camera, Eyes of the RAF, Coastal Command in Action 1939-1945 and RAF: An Illustrated History from 1918. Georges Van Acker is a Belgian historian who has spent five years researching the Hess story.