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PostSubject: Print Maximize Death by chocolate: How Nazis planned to blow up Churchill    Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:58 pm

Hitlers agents coated explosive devices with a layer of dark chocolate and packaged it in expensive-looking gold paper;it was to be served in the dining room of the War Cabinet

LONDON He loved his cigar,champagne,brandy and roast beef.But it seems the Nazis were hoping Sir Winston Churchill had a sweet tooth as well.Germansecretagentsapparently plotted to assassinate Britain's wartime leader using a bar of exploding chocolate.

It was a dastardly plan which,if successful,could have meant sweet victory for the enemy.

Adolf Hitlers bomb-makers coated explosive devices with a thin layer of rich dark chocolate,then packaged it in expensive-looking black and gold paper.

The bomb would be packed with enough explosive to kill anyone within several yards.It would be set off when one end was broken.
TheGermansplannedtousesecret agents to discreetly place the bars of chocolate branded as Peter's Chocolate among other items on trays in thediningroomusedbytheWarCabinet during Second World War,the Daily Mailreported.

But Hitlers plot was foiled by British spies who discovered they were being made and tipped off one of MI5s most senior intelligence chiefs,Lord VictorRothschild.Heaskedillustrator Laurence Fish to produce a poster warningthepublicofthedangerofthe chocolate bars.
Lord Rothschilds letter to Fish,dated May 4,1943,was marked 'secret'in red letters.

I wonder if you could do a drawing of an explosive slab of chocolate, he wrote.We have information that the enemy are using pound slabs of chocolate made of steel with a very thin covering of real chocolate.

He added: Inside there is high explosive and some form of delay mechanism ... when you break off a piece of chocolate,a piece of canvas is revealed stuck into the middle... when the piece of chocolate is pulled sharply,the canvas is also pulled and this initiates the mechanism.

The letter was found by Fish's wife,journalist Jean Bray,after his death three years ago.

Jean,80,said Lord Rothschild told her husband that Churchill and his War Cabinet had been the intended targets.
Thank goodness we discovered what they were up to, she said.If the Germans had been successful,the whole outcome of the war could have been quite different. AGENCIES

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