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Sex hormone plan to feminise Hitler

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Summary of story from The Telegraph, August 17, 2011

Some tried bombs to neutralise the Führer, others tried bullets. All failed.

Now it has come to light that British spies looked at an even more audacious way of derailing the man behind the German war machine – by giving him female sex hormones.

Agents planned to smuggle doses of oestrogen into his food to make him less aggressive and more like his docile younger sister Paula, who worked as a secretary.

Spies working for the British were close enough to Hitler to have access to his food, said Professor Brian Ford, who discovered the plot.

He explained that oestrogen was chosen because it was tasteless and would have a slow and subtle effect, meaning it would pass Hitler’s food testers unnoticed.

Speaking about the scheme, Professor Ford, a science writer and fellow of Cardiff University, said: “There was an Allied plan that they would smuggle oestrogen into Hitler’s food and change his sex so he would become more feminine and less aggressive.

“Their research had showed the importance of sex hormones – they were beginning to be used in sex therapy in London.”

He went on: “There were agents who would be able to get it into his food – it would have been entirely possible.”

Because Hitler had tasters, Professor Ford said there was “no mileage to putting poison in his food because they would immediately fall victim to it.”

The oestrogen plan is outlined in a new book Professor Ford has written 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.

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