Sunday, November 01, 2009
When the Hitler Salute Came to London
Here’s a hitherto unseen clip of the funeral of the German Ambassador to Britain being held at the Germany Embassy on Carlton House Terrace, overlooking The Mall, in 1936. This is the first time the video has been made public and it shows Grenadier Guards and Nazi soldiers marching together and carrying a coffin with a swastika draped on it. What's astonishing are the number of people watching, overlooking the Mall, giving the Hitler salute.
The video is a clip from the Discovery Channel’s World War II season and it’ll be the subject of a programme that airs on the 8th of November entitled Wartime London with Harry Harris, a London taxi driver and historian.