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The capture of Hitler's deputy after he parachuted into Scotland during the Second World War remains one of the strangest episodes of the war.
The Nazi leader's right-hand man Rudolf Hess flew to Britain in a secret attempt to broker a peace deal in May 1941 but was forced to bail out of his plane.
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He was captured and jailed as a prisoner of war and put on trial when the war ended, before being sentenced to life in Spandau prison in Germany in 1947.
Now newly-released files have revealed that officials were engaged in a behind-the-scenes battle against claims the man who was jailed was actually an imposter.
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By 1979 Hitler's deputy had been behind bars for almost four decades after flying to Britain in 1941 on a bizarre one-man peace mission to end the Second World War.
However a former British Army surgeon who examined him in Spandau Prison claimed the man was an imposter and accused the British government of a cover-up.
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Dr Hugh Thomas said Hess's plane had been shot down on take-off from Germany on the orders of his rival, SS chief Heinrich Himmler, and that someone else was in the plane.
Although the theory did not gain traction, secret National Archives files show that Foreign Office...
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