A newly-discovered diary belonging to the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, which was found in an old lady's attic in Shropshire, contains previously unknown facts about the despot, and highlights reasons for his downfall, which include British comic, Spike Milligan.
Indian-born Milligan, who wrote about his wartime role in Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall, died in February 2002 before his claims could be properly authenticated, but this new find is proof beyond all doubt that he was, indeed, a thorn in the side of Hitler.
Gunner Milligan served with the First Army in the North African campaign and the succeeding Italian campaign, and was loved for his ability to entertain troops and raise their morale in the face of German aggression.
He regularly did impersonations of Hitler, and when news of this reached the Fuhrer in his bunker in Berlin, Hitler would fly into a rage, often wearing only Wellingtons and polka-dot boxer shorts.
The diary, which was unearthed in a search for jumble during an episode of the Angela Rippon entertainment vehicle, Cash In Th Attic, also contained detailed plans for the extermiantion of Milligan, such was Hitler's ire at being made to look like a figure of fun by the future comedian.
Entries also referred to an intense hatred Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, had for Milligan, after the latter satirized his adventures in North Africa battling it out with Rommel's Panzer divisions in Rommel: Gunner Who?
Despite Hitler's dislike of Milligan, there were were distinct similarities between the two. When Milligan died in 2002, he had the inscription "I told you I was ill" etched on his headstone in Irish; Hitler's epitaph in German reads: "I told you I was mad".