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PanzerMeyer
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Amazing historical ironies

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I was reading about Robert T. Lincoln (one of the sons of Abraham Lincoln) today and found out that he was nearly accidentally killed on a train platform during the ACW. Who saved him? This guy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Booth


Incredible how certain events transpire.
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Well, there is this one irony where PVT Tandey from the British Army in 1918 during a battle, had his sights on an unarmed German soldier who was wounded and trying to get to safety, and he declined to shoot him, sparing his life. He didn't know it at the time but it turned out that the German was none other than a Lance Corporal named Adolph Hitler.

Hitler claimed to remember the incident, being grateful that his life was spared.

But there has been alot of back and forth about whether or not the story was true, or misconstrued, or manipulated. You can see the debate here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28593256

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Bones wrote:
03 Apr 2024, 09:18
Well, there is this one irony where PVT Tandey from the British Army in 1918 during a battle, had his sights on an unarmed German soldier who was wounded and trying to get to safety, and he declined to shoot him, sparing his life. He didn't know it at the time but it turned out that the German was none other than a Lance Corporal named Adolph Hitler.

Hitler claimed to remember the incident, being grateful that his life was spared.

But there has been alot of back and forth about whether or not the story was true, or misconstrued, or manipulated. You can see the debate here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28593256

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No hard evidence has ever been found of that incident and besides, how could Hitler claim to have remembered that incident anyway? Did he claim to see the British soldier who was aiming his rifle or MG at him but hesitated to fire? I'm 99% sure this incident is urban legend.
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Yes he did claim to see him, to the point of recognizing him in the picture. But, if you look at that BBC article you will see all the debunking evidence.

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Now here is some very interesting Hitler trivia that is 100% accurate. This always surprises people when I tell them about it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stuart-Houston


So Hitler had a relative who served in the USN during WWII.
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Oh, yes, I've read many articles about that.

BTW, back in 2012 we saw Hitler's parents' grave. It was odd because we also saw pictures of Hitler visiting the site when he annexed Austria and it was weird standing in the same spot as him.

Well, we found out later that they moved the grave to a secret location to deter neo-Nazis from paying homage there. So we were glad to visit it when we did!

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