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The Oxfordshire housewife who almost killed Hitler: Incredible story of undercover Soviet agent who hatched plot to blow up the Fuhrer in restaurant that was called off at the last minute
Top Soviet spy Ursula Kuczynski (main), code-named Sonya, was involved in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler as he ate at one of his favourite restaurants, the Osteria Bavaria in Munich (inset), new book Agent Sonya reveals. Alexander Foote, one of Kuczynski's agents, was dining at the Osteria Bavaria in Munich when he noticed the Führer's personal guards were lax. Foote told Kuczynski that it would be possible to plant a bomb in a suitcase next to the partition in the main restaurant and the plot came together. But just weeks before the attempt was halted as the Germans and Soviets signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, a non-aggression agreement. Kuczynski, now known as Ruth Werner, married her English recruit Len Beurton for a passport and moved to Oxfordshire after World War Two.
Beauties who had babies for Hitler: After occupying Norway, the Fuhrer ordered German soldiers to impregnate local girls who he thought had the purest Aryan blood. But after the Nazi retreat, mothers and children were brutally vilified by their own people
If you thought that, 75 years on from Hitler's death, there could surely be nothing new to learn about him, then this book by U.S. architectural historian Despina Stratigakos is an eye-opener. Hitler's Northern Utopia by Despina Stratigakos. Pictured: Adolf Hitler visiting the Norwegian fjords aboard a war ship (left); German women carrying children of an alleged 'Aryan purity' in Lebensborn, during The Second World War (top right); Lebensborn Nazi maternity hospital (inset); Wreckage after Luftwaffe air raids secured the Nazi occupation of Norway. Narvik, Norway (bottom right).
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The century-old mummy mystery that haunts an Outback sheep station: Untold story of two near-perfectly preserved bodies found in a remote cave - and a missing tooth could explain who they are
Mummified bodies of two traditional Aboriginal men were found in Mullamullang Cave on the Nullarbor Plain in July 1991, but who they were and when and how they died remains a mystery. Never reported missing and almost forgotten by time, the bodies lay in their rocky graves until a cave explorer stumbled upon them by chance. Forensic and anthropological evidence could only confirm the men were Aboriginals living a traditional lifestyle, and could have died as early as the 1880s.
Open-topped Lincoln Continental that JFK rode in on the morning he died sells for $375,000 at auction
A limo which John F. Kennedy rode on the morning of his assassination has sold for $375,000 at auction. The 1963 Lincoln Continental was used to chauffeur the President, Jackie Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally on the morning of the fateful day of November 22. They travelled in it to a Fort Worth airbase to board a flight to Dallas where Kennedy was shot in another Lincoln Continental, which is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Escape from Nazi firing squad: Handcuffed and led into the woods at dawn, two SAS men prepared to die... What followed was one of the most breathtaking episodes of the war, writes LORD ASHCROFT
LORD ASHCROFT: After weeks of imprisonment, including brutal interrogation at the hands of the Gestapo, their end was near. German SS men, armed with automatic weapons, led the seven SAS men, all of whom were in handcuffs, from a lorry to a clearing some 100 yards into a wood. 'Are we going to be shot?' asked Corporal Jean Dupontel, right, one of the prisoners. As the men prepared to be executed, Dupontel glanced at his best friend Corporal Thomas 'Ginger' Jones, left, short and stocky, who was the last man in the line.
Britain's first black fighter pilot: ID tag of Jamaican immigrant who flew biplane in World War and survived being shot in the spine in dogfight with Germans goes up for sale
Sergeant William Robinson Clarke (pictured left) was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1895. In December 1916, he began pilot training, gaining his 'wings' the following April (pictured right). Sgt Clarke's aluminium disc is stamped 'SGT W R CLARKE RFC' on a leather wrist strap with a buckle end (pictured bottom). It has emerged for sale with an estimate of £150 and will go to auction on Wednesday. The bracelet is believed to have been found on the Western Front after the war and has been consigned for sale by a private collector.
The ancient cat that was hidden for 2,200 years: Geoglyph is uncovered etched into a hillside at site in Peru that was home to mysterious desert-dwelling civilization
Archaeologists have discovered an etching which depicts a giant cat on the hillside of a Peruvian desert (pictured). The new Nazca Lines etching is 120-foot long and is about 2,000 years old. Known as a geoglyph, it is one of hundreds of images etched into the sand in Nazca, Peru, which were officially 'discovered' in 1927