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That One Time They Forgot to Kill Hitler

Published 7 months ago

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As the legend goes, on September 28, 1918, as World War 1 was nearing its end, Private Henry James Tandey came across a wounded and unarmed German soldier and spared his life. He was Adolf Hilter.


Tandey supposedly encountered the future dictator during the battle of Marcoing, after which he was awarded the Victory Cross and emerged as a hero.


One of the most decorated privates of the British forces during World War 1, Tandey eventually became famous because of what he reportedly did when he faced Hitler, a rumor that seems to have been spread by the Fuhrer himself.


Decades later, Tandey would remark: "If only I had known what he would turn out to be. When I saw all the people, women and children, he had killed and wounded, I was sorry to God I let him go."


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -


austin marino

Published 7 months ago

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As the legend goes, on September 28, 1918, as World War 1 was nearing its end, Private Henry James Tandey came across a wounded and unarmed German soldier and spared his life. He was Adolf Hilter.


Tandey supposedly encountered the future dictator during the battle of Marcoing, after which he was awarded the Victory Cross and emerged as a hero.


One of the most decorated privates of the British forces during World War 1, Tandey eventually became famous because of what he reportedly did when he faced Hitler, a rumor that seems to have been spread by the Fuhrer himself.


Decades later, Tandey would remark: "If only I had known what he would turn out to be. When I saw all the people, women and children, he had killed and wounded, I was sorry to God I let him go."


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -


austin marino

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