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Hitler wanted mansion in UK

world Updated: Feb 21, 2012 01:19 IST
Midlands market town

Hitler would have set up his headquarters in a sleepy Midlands market town in Britain if he had succeeded in invading the country.

Historians believe the dictator had selected Apley Hall, near Norton, in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, and it would have been the nerve-centre of his operations. A bundle of 1940s papers recovered in a bunker in Belgium at the end of the war contained maps highlighting strategic sites for attack by the Germans, including railway stations, power plants and bridges.

An enormous amount of attention was focused on Bridgnorth. Historians believe Hitler’s interest in the area was due to it being geographically in the middle of England.