At the beginning of the First World War, 27-year-old British soldier Henry Tandey was serving with the 5th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. On September 28, 1914 a weary German soldier wandered into Tandey’s line of fire. The German soldier was wounded and did not even attempt to raise his own rifle. Tandey chose not to shoot. The German soldier saw him lower his rifle and nodded his thanks before wandering off.
The German soldier was Adolf Hitler.
Historical research throws serious doubts on whether the incident actually ever occurred. Question is how do you even prove or disprove it? And that’s the dilemma every historian faces — what to accept as historical facts and what to discard as apocryphal account.
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