Rudolf Hess: The enduring riddle of Hitler's deputy's flight to Scotland





NAZI commander Rudolf Hess parachuted into a Scottish field 70 years ago.

Hitler's deputy was arrested by pitchfork wielding ploughman David McLean on Floor's Farm near Eaglesham, south of Glasgow, in what was to become one of the strangest episodes of World War II.

Ever since, mystery has surrounded the top Nazi's dramatic arrival.

Conspiracy theories have raged about exactly what Hess was doing in Scotland at the height of the war and why the authorities are as stubbornly tight-lipped over the matter now as they were then.

Official records of the incident are currently under seal until 2017 after the official secrecy of the event was extended from 30 to 75 years.

Many people believe he was on a peace mission, possibly having been sickened by the atrocities of war.

But the lack of hard facts over why Hess flew to Scotland has given rise to some wild theories, including one claiming it wasn't even him in the plane.

Hess's wife Isle Hess certainly seemed to believe her husband was on a peace mission.

She quoted him in her book, Rudolf Hess: Prisoner Of Peace, as having said of his decision to fly to Scotland: "I do not think I could have arrived at my final choice unless I had continually kept before my eyes the vision of an endless line of children's coffins with weeping mothers behind them, both English and German, and another line of coffins of mothers with mourning children."...


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