London: A new book has shed light on one of the enduring mysteries of World War Two-why did Adolf Hitler`s deputy Rudolf Hess come to Britain?
The new book-Rudolf Hess: The British Illusion of Peace-has revealed how a heroic spy played a huge part in his capture.
Cunning MI6 agent Tancred Borenius tricked Hess into visiting Britain on the pretence of brokering a peace deal.
However Hess was captured and spent the rest of his life behind bars `considerably` weakening the German Army and `directly contributing to the Allied victory` according to the book`s author, John Harris.
Earlier this year he established that Borenius, a Finish born agent, was involved, something that has never been revealed until now.
The revelation came after Harris secured a rare interview with Borenius` late son Peter.
During the interview, Peter said that his father remained tight-lipped about his wartime exploits, but revealed his involvement in the Hess affair on his deathbed.
He said his father was sent by MI6 to Geneva, Switzerland, to deliver a secret message to Hess via a third party.
The message was a verbal invite to visit the English Royal Family on the pretext of forging an Anglo-Nazi alliance.
It was always Hitler`s ideal plan to work with Britain, rather than fight it, in a bid to overthrow and conquer Russia.
"From my research, I have concluded that Hess wanted nothing other than to bring Britain to its knees," the Daily Mail quoted Harris as saying.
"His intention was to depose Churchill, who would never agree to peace with Germany, and replace him with a pro-Nazi leader," he said.
Harris said the link was one of the most important discoveries in modern military history.
"The incredible plot that led to Hess`s capture bought the UK time from a planned German invasion and ultimately was a pivotal turning point in defeating Hitler and winning the war.
"Without Tancred`s involvement, there can be little doubt that Great Britain, and much of Europe, would be speaking German today," said Harris.
Rudolph Hess was a prominent Nazi official acting as Adolf Hitler`s deputy in the Nazi Party.