A revealing look at the mysterious death and mythology behind the 20th century’s most destructive dictator.
Did Hitler shoot himself in the Führerbunker or did he slip past the Soviets and escape to South America? Countless documentaries, newspaper articles and internet pages written by conspiracy theorists have lead the ongoing debate surrounding Hitler’s last days. Historians have not yet managed to make a serious response. Until now.
This book is the first attempt by an academic to return to the evidence of Hitler’s suicide in order to scrutinise the arguments of conspiracy theorists using scientific methods.
Through analysis of recently declassified MI5 files, previously unpublished sketches of Hitler’s bunker, personal accounts of intelligence officers along with stories of shootouts, plunder and secret agents, this scrupulously researched book takes on the doubters to tell the full story of how Hitler died.
- A new look at one of the great mysteries of World War II. Did Hitler survive?
- Analyses a mass of previously classified documents from politicians and secret agents as well as correspondence between some of the earliest historians to tackle the subject.
- Academically rigorous but accessible in tone, this book debunks some widely held conspiracy theories regarding Hitler’s death.
Luke Daly-Groves is a PhD researcher based at the University of Leeds. This book is an adaptation of his award-winning BA thesis completed at the University of Central Lancashire for which he achieved First-Class Honours. In 2016 he obtained an MA in Modern History with high distinction for his Master’s thesis at the University of Leeds.
His doctoral research analyses the activities of Anglo-American intelligence in post-war Germany.