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The Kaiser's Dawn: The Untold Story of Britain's Secret Mission to Murder the Kaiser in 1918
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The Kaiser's Dawn: The Untold Story of Britain's Secret Mission to Murder the Kaiser in 1918 (Paperback)

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In mid summer 1918 the First World War was still finely balanced. A top secret

mission, which has remained classified information for a century, was set in motion

to kill Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was felt that by killing their head of state and commander

in chief it would serve as a mortal blow to the German forces and they would

collapse very quickly after the assassination.

In 2002 one of the participants on a battlefield tour sent a disc to Col. John Hughes-

Wilson. On it was an historical treasure trove containing a Royal Flying Corps log

book and photographs of service with 25 Squadron. Included among the effects of

Lt A.R.Watts MC, of the newly formed Royal Air Force, was the breath-taking claim

that he had taken part in a secret British mission to kill the Kaiser.

This extraordinary secret was confirmed by further research at the RAF museum and

the RAF Historical Branch. This startling but never before revealed story was true.

On 2nd June 1918, at the height of the final German attack of WW1, the British RAF

tried to assassinate the Kaiser when he was visiting a chateau near the front.

The facts are borne out in never-before-published notebooks, maps and pilots' flying

records, kept secret for a hundred years. Copies of these records are in the author's

possession and are backed up by details tucked away in 25 Squadron's records. But

the implications of this secret attack raise many new - and explosive - questions.

Exactly who ordered an attack to kill the Kaiser? Was it sanctioned by the C-in-C, Sir

Douglas Haig? By the War Office? Unlikely. Was the King informed of the attempt to

kill his royal cousin? Was Lloyd George, the Prime Minister asked? We do not know;

but someone in London must have sanctioned the attack. The Official History makes

no mention of any attack, and public records say nothing. Even the RAF Museum has

no official record: but the attack really did take place, of that there is no doubt. Other

documents and various 25 Squadron log books prove it. So someone did give an

order to kill the Kaiser. But who?

John Hughes-Wilson has woven an exciting and well-paced historical novel to mark

this centennial event from the research on discovering this mission. The story, based

on true events, looks at this long hidden secret and puts it into the context of the

time. It explores areas rarely examined: secret service operations in 1914-18; dirty,

undercover intelligence work; the very real political intrigues between Whitehall and

the generals and the heroics of the aircrew of the day, whose life expectancy at one

point in 1917 was only eleven days in action.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesIntelligence, Strategy & tacticsMilitary tactics Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group Publication Date: 01/06/2018 ISBN-13: 9781911604396  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Hughes Wilson was a serving officer in the British Army for over thirty years, serving in the Intelligence Corps and as a Special Forces operations officer, ending his career as a senior intelligence officer with SHAPE and NATO in Brussels. Since retirement he has written seven books of non-fiction and eight novels.

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