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Humanitarian act but caused more than 30 million deaths in World War 1
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In the book "The Blitzed City" by Karen Farrington, about the horrific Nazi bombings of Britain's leading industrial city of Coventry during World War II, there is a remarkable detail related to concerning the fate of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Accordingly, a witness to the bombing, Henry Tandey, one of the most honored former British soldiers of World War I, claimed that he had spared the life of a wounded German soldier who later became a soldier. became the fascist leader Adolf Hitler, according to Sudinfo.
The incident happened on August 29, 1918. During a skirmish between British and German troops near the village of Maroing, France, Private Henry Tandey saw a German soldier lying on the battlefield. He raised his shotgun and prepared to pull the trigger. At that moment, the smoke cleared, and Tandey recognized it as a contact soldier, wounded and unarmed. The German soldier's desperate gaze moved Tandey and lowered his gun.
The story was confirmed by Hitler himself in September 1938, when then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in an effort to avert World War II flew to Munich to meet the Nazi boss. Hitler invited Mr. Chamberlain to his private villa in the mountains of Bavaria. The Führer's residence is decorated with many paintings, of which the Prime Minister paid special attention to the work depicting the battlefield scene after the 1914 campaign in England.
Hitler explained that among the figures in the painting was a British soldier, Henry Tandey, who spared the Führer's life in 1918. It was a replica of the painting painted by an Italian artist and hung in the picture. Green Howards museum room of the military unit where Henry Tanday served.
"That soldier was going to kill me, I thought I would never see Germany again. But god saved me from his bullet," Hitler insisted.
At Hitler's request, after returning home, Prime Minister Chamberlain phoned Tandey's house to convey his thanks from the Führer.
Contrary to Hitler's attitude, the story above is a psychological burden, haunting the life of Private Henry Tandey.
After the terrible German bombings of the industrial city of Coventry in November 1940 that left thousands dead, including many women and children, a reporter asked Tandey about his act of forgiveness. his life. Hitler. Tandey was very apologetic.
"I didn't know what kind of person that soldier would become. As I watched my fellow countrymen, innocent women and children die because of Hitler's atrocities, I asked God for forgiveness. me for letting him live."
However, Dr David Johnson, Henry Tandey's biographer, thinks the story may have been a fabrication by Hitler to polish and "mythologize" his image, and points out some point. unclear about the story told by Hitler.
Johnson believes that Hitler chose September 28, 1918 as the date of the story because it was a highly symbolic date. On that day, Private Tandey was awarded the British Army's prestigious Victoria Cross Medal, becoming one of the honored heroes of World War I.
Johnson asserted: "If Hitler really was spared a British soldier's life, it most likely wasn't Tandey. Hitler chose a man who symbolized combat heroism to enhance his worth. ".
Moreover, if the time given by Hitler is correct, the possibility that the fascist boss can recognize Tandey through the picture is not high, because that day Tandey was injured, covered in mud and blood, completely different from the picture. picture in the picture. .
Johnson analyzed that Adolf Hitler and Henry Tandey were unlikely to encounter each other on September 28, 1918, because just 10 days earlier, Hitler's unit was moving 80 kilometers north of Tandey. Also, in the Bavarian state archives, Hitler was on leave from September 25 to 27, 1918. So, on September 28, 1918, Hitler was probably still on leave, or on his way. return to the unit, or be at the unit 80 km away from Tandey.
Another suspicious point is that the British press reported that after returning, Prime Minister Chamberlain phoned Tandey to thank Hitler. Through research, Johnson said this was unlikely because the British Prime Minister was an extremely busy person, and British Telecom data showed that the Tandey family did not have a phone at the time.
In addition, Tandey herself was not 100% sure that the person whose life she had spared was Hitler. After media coverage of the story told by the Führer, Tandey admitted that he had spared a German soldier's life and said that without more information it would be difficult to identify the man as Adolf Hitler. .
"According to people's accounts, I faced Hitler. Maybe people are right. But I don't remember anymore," Tandey expressed.
Despite the illogical points, the story of the encounter of World War I hero Henry Tandey and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is still circulated as an event that changed world history.