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A British amateur diplomat tried to make a peace deal with Germany in World War II, National Archive files reveal.
Old Etonian James Lonsdale-Bryans travelled to Italy to meet German diplomat Ulrich von Hassell.
He proposed to him that Germany could have a "free hand" in Europe while Britain ran the rest of the world.
MI5 files released under the Freedom of Information Act show that security service officials knew of the Rome trip but did not try to stop it.