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Originally posted by Leveller
Hess followed Hitler's earlier idea that Britain could be talked out of war.
He planned to make a visit to England to make peace. He couldn't blatantly make overtures to England as Hitler was by then resigned to war and Churchill would not accept any German delegations.
So he decided to take matters into his own hands. He came to Britain in a light aircraft and if I remember rightly, parachuted into the country where he was swiftly arrested.
After the war he was placed in Spandau prison where he was subject to a 24 hour suicide watch by allied soldiers. I believe that he was used as an example. The allies made him represent the fate of Nazism. When the Berlin Wall fell he was no longer needed and he "died",
If he had pulled off the peace deal that he genuinely thought he could bring about, he would have been a European legend. As it was, I believe he was overcome by his whole sense of importance and totally misjudged the situation.