Monday 23 October 2017

Exploding chocolate – Nazi plot to assassinate Churchill

British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) arrives at Claridges Hotel in London, 13th May 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) arrives at Claridges Hotel in London, 13th May 1952. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Independent.ie reporters

OFFICIALS in Nazi Germany plotted to assassinate British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate, wartime letters have shown.

The Telegraph reports that Nazi scientists perfected a technique were by they could coat small explosive devices with a thin layer of dark chocolate, which would then be disguised as a bar of chocolate.

The plan was for the chocolate, which would be disguised as a ‘Peter’s chocolate’ bar, to be taken into the war cabinet dining room, killing Churchill and any other high ranking officials who may have been there.

The mechanism in the device would have activated when a piece of the chocolate was broken away, which would reveal an attached canvas running through the centre of the bar.

The explosives were set to go off seven seconds after the piece of chocolate with the attached canvas were taken off.

However the plot was foiled by British spies undercover in Germany who warned MI5 about the plot.

Intelligence chiefs at MI5 then ordered posters of the image of the bar to be put up in order to warn the public against the potential danger of the chocolate.

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