Interesting new footage has been discovered showing a secret meeting between delegates of the Royal British Legion and Adolf Hitler in the time leading up to the Second World War.
Also in attendance to meet Legion Chairman Major Francis Fetherston-Goldley during the July 1935 meeting was the Fuhrer's Deputy Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering, the head of the German Luftwaffe, and Heinrich Himmler, the head of the German Special Police.
According to the Telegraph, the footage was unearthed with a book of photographs from the charity's archive.
[T]he meetings are believed to have been orchestrated by the Nazi-propaganda machine. Photographs show that on at least one occasion the British visitors were surrounded by Nazi film cameras during those meetings.
According to research by a documentary crew, the men were invited by German ex-service organisations but, in a Nazi propaganda coup, ended up meeting Germany's political leaders, turning the trip into an embarrassing series of public events that seemed to suggest a union between Britain and Germany.
"The purpose of the visit was very honourable," said Liam Maguire, spokesperson for the British Legion. "It was done with the best intentions. They were really there on a fact-finding mission to see how German ex-service organisations treated their ex-servicemen and their visit was very much hijacked – the Legion was exploited by an evil group of people for their own purposes."
Update: Ok all you smarty-smart smarty-pants out there in comment land... it's come to my attention that there may have been confusion with my previous title which called this "WWI Footage." Many were quick to point out that this footage is from 1935 and not from World War I. This is true, however the British delegation led by Fetherson-Godly was a delegation of World War I Legion soldiers who traveled to Berlin for the meeting. So as not to confuse anyone else, I've edited the title. Thanks for keeping us on our toes!