Spies plotted to give Hitler sex hormone
Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00
Some tried bombs to neutralise the Fuhrer, others tried bullets. All failed.
Now it has come to light that British spies looked at an even more audacious way of derailing Hitler, by giving him female sex hormones.
Agents planned to smuggle doses of oestrogen into his food to make him less aggressive.
Oestrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect.
The plan is outlined in a new book by Professor Brian Ford called 'Secret Weapons: Technology, Science and the Race to Win World War II'.
He said the idea was just one of many strange attempts to bring a swifter end to the war.
Others included dropping glue on Nazi troops and disguising bombs in tins of fruit. They also considered dropping boxes of poisonous snakes on enemy troops.
However, he said a plan for a giant water-borne Catherine wheel full of explosives -- dubbed the Great Panjandrum -- for an assault on the Normandy coast was the oddest of the lot. (© Daily Telegraph, London)