British Legion’s shameful visit to Hitler revealed after 75 years

November 1st, 2010 - 5:08 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 01 (ANI): A Press officer for the Royal British Legion has found a book with a Nazi emblem, which reveals the British Legion’s shameful visit to Hitler.

The book shows an image of the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, meeting the man who was chairman of the British Legion in the run-up to the Second World War, Major Francis Fetherston-Godley, reports the Daily Mail.

The book has 148-photograph document of a trip that a six-man delegation from the British Legion made to Nazi Germany in July 1935, during which they met not only Hitler but also the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering - and Major Fetherston-Godley is pictured shaking hands with the Fuhrer’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

There are also photographs of German ex-servicemen in wheelchairs giving Nazi salutes as delegation parade past with the Union flag, and pictures of the delegation at Commonwealth war graves in Germany, their flag flanked by swastikas as First World War veteran Major Fetherston- Godley lays a wreath.

Historian Professor Richard Griffiths was called in to help put the photographs into context. He deciphered the gothic writing in red and black ink on the opening page of the album, which commemorates the visit of the ‘British Legion in Deutschland’.

The inscription calls for the British and Germans to understand each other in the way ‘Tommy’ and ‘Fritz’ - shorthand for each country’s combatants - did at the end of the First World War.

The album includes pictures of members of the Hitler Youth laying flowers at Commonwealth graves and Major Fetherston-Godley laying flowers at the grave of the Red Baron, First World War German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen.

The photographs showing members of the British Legion taking part in what appear to be Nazi events on a visit to Germany make for uncomfortable viewing. (ANI)

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