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Hess's Flight to England in 1941
An examination of the controversy surrounding the flight of Nazi Germany's Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess to Scotland on May 10, 1941.
# 25961 | 3,481 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 04, 2003 in History (European - World Wars)


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This paper discusses the history and the events surrounding Rudolf Hess's daring flight to Scotland in May 1941 and how it turned out to have been a fool's errand, which was probably made possible by a combination of Nazi ignorance and British guile. It provides a brief biography of Hess' life and military career and the purpose of his flight, to help negotiate peace terms between England and Germany under which Germany could pursue unhindered its war aims in Eastern Europe and Russia. It evaluates the surrounding controversy that came to light after the war that the British explanation of Hess's journey was false and how Hess was actually hoodwinked by the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) into making the flight.

Outline
Hess's Background
Preparations and Inspiration for the Flight
Was Hess's Flight Authorized by Hitler?
Subsequent Disclosures
British Motives
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Hess was a skilled aviator. In 1934, he won a hazardous air race around the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak. He flew unaided to the right destination in Scotland a ME-100, a fighter plane which was provided to him by its designer, Professor Willi Messerschmidt, in late 1940. According to most accounts, Hess took as many as 20 practice flights to familiarize himself with the plane. According to Kilzer, Hitler's personal pilot, Hans Bauer, accompanied Hess on some of the flights (p. 266). On at least two occasions, January 11, 1941 and March 18, 1941, Hess flew toward the North Sea only to turn back because of failure of an aileron or the weather (pp. 207-210). Before the last two flights, he gave his adjutant, Karl-Heinz Pintsch a secret letter for Hitler."

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