• The  high-ranking Nazi was carrying out orders from the Fuhrer
  • Offered the  British a deal that would see Germany pull out of Western Europe – so long as  the fascists could attack the USSR without  intervention

By  Anna Edwards

PUBLISHED: 12:16 EST, 26  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 12:36 EST, 26 September 2013

Rudolph Hess, Hitler's Deputy, offered peace for Western Europe - in exchange for a clear path to attack the SovietsRudolph Hess, Hitler’s Deputy, offered peace for Western  Europe – in exchange for a clear path to attack the Soviets

 

The Nazis attempted to broker a peace  offering with Britain – if they were allowed a free path to attack the USSR, a  new book has revealed.

Rudolf Hess’s flight to Britain during World  War Two to sign a peace deal ordered by Adolf Hitler has long been recorded as a  bizarre one man mission to try and reconcile warring West Europe and the  Nazis.

But the high-ranking Nazi was actually  carrying out orders from the Fuhrer when he flew to Messerschmitt to Scotland in  May 1941.

He was to offer the British government a deal  that would see Germany pull out of Western Europe – so long as the fascists  could attack the USSR without intervention.

But historian Peter Padfield has discovered  evidence he claims proves that the deputy Fuhrer held a detailed peace  treaty.

It proposed that the Nazis would withdraw  from western Europe, in exchange for British neutrality over a planned attack on  Russia, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The researcher claims in a new book that a  German-speaking unnamed informant told him he was called in to translate the  documents that showed Germany wanted a clear path to attack the Soviets within  five weeks.

Hess’ mission began with him parachuting out  over Renfrewshire where he was arrested by a farmhand with a  pitchfork.

The Third Reich deputy wanted to contact the  Duke of Hamilton to set peace talks with Winston Churchill in motion.

No deal: Sir Winston Churchill refused to agree to Hitler's peace deal offered by Hess1934: German dictator Adolf Hitler

No deal: Sir Winston Churchill refused to agree to  Hitler’s peace deal offered by Hess

 

But despite the offer, Churchill’s morals  were not swayed by the offer.

He refused to allow the Third Reich a clear  path to attack the Eastern Front – because he did not trust Hitler’s promises  and it would have jeopardised his efforts to involve the U.S in the raging war,  Mr Padfield says.

The author claims the Prime Minister was  determined to beat Hitler and he did not want to destroy a coalition of European  governments, so the offer was not made public.

Mr Padfield, who makes the claims in a new  book, Hess, Hitler and Churchill, said: ‘This was not a renegade plot.

‘Hitler had sent Hess and he brought over a  fully developed peace treaty for Germany to evacuate all the occupied countries  in the West.’

Hess survived the war and was tried at  Nuremberg for war crimes.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and  spent more time behind bars than any other Third Reich leaders before taking his  own life in Spandau Prison near Berlin in 1987, aged 93.

At Nuremberg Hess appeared to be the  delusional, forgetful, mentally ill figure that Hitler claimed he was after the  abortive mission.

THE MYTH THAT HESS ACTED ALONE  ON A ‘MAD MAN MISSION’

David Maclean, the ploughman who caught Rudolph Hess 

David Maclean, the ploughman who caught Rudolph  Hess

 

It was an act recorded as a one-man mad  mission.

Hess was, apparently, trying to set peace  talks with Winston Churchill in motion under his own initiative.

Hitler was even supposed to have scrambled  aircraft to try to stop Hess, his deputy, from leaving Germany.

But a 28-page notebook discovered in a  Russian archive in 2011 disputes this theory and indicates that Hitler was in on  the mission.

It was written in 1948 by Major Karlheinz  Pintsch, a long-time adjutant to Hess.

He was captured by the Soviets and spent  years undergoing  torture and interrogation at  their  hands.

In the notebook he writes that Hitler hoped  that an ‘agreement with the Englishmen would be successful’.

Pintsch notes that Hess’s task – five weeks  before Germany launched its invasion of Russia – was to ‘bring about, if not a  military alliance of Germany with England against Russia, then to bring about a  neutralisation of England’.

Pintsch’s interrogation transcripts found in  the same archive in Moscow show that Hitler was not surprised when news came  through of Hess’s capture.

The relevant section reads: ‘Nor did he rant  and rave about what Hess had done.

Instead, he replied calmly: ‘At this  particular moment in the war that could be a most hazardous  escapade.’

‘Hitler then went on to read a letter that  Hess had sent him.

‘He read the following significant passage  out aloud: “And if this project . . . ends in failure . . . it will always be  possible for you to deny all responsibility. Simply say I was out of my  mind”.’

This is what would happen after the mission  failed, with both Hitler and Churchill claiming Hess was deranged.

 

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