27th June 1940


German Leader Adolf Hitler was in the tower yesterday; unfortunately though he was a tourist at the Eiffel Tower and not a prisoner in the Tower of London.

He visited Paris for the first time in his life just five days after the French government had agreed to the terms of the armistice on June 22. His first visit was to Napoleon’s tomb in Les Invalides at the 7th arrondissement, exactly one hundred years after Napoleon’s body was moved back to Paris from Saint Helena, where he died.

Sandbags were removed so that Hitler could look at the shrine of the man with whom he will inevitably be compared – a European marauder who also sought (and failed) to bring Britain to her knees. Nazi propagandists commented that the Fuhrer was moved as he stood under the dome of the great building looking down on the Bonaparte monument.

Hundreds of German soldiers kept guard outside Les Invalides during Hitler’s visit. Afterwards, Hitler climbed up the Eiffel Tower, from which the swastika flag now flies. He visited the Opera building, where he was shown around by an attendant, and was then driven round the boulevards to the Place de la Concorde. Sources revealed that Hitler tried to tip the attendant but that the attendant refused to accept Hitler’s money.

Finally he visited Versailles just outside Paris, which of course gave its name to the treaty which followed the Great War. This treaty has been a source of enormous anger for Hitler ever since it was signed on June 28, 1919. Nonetheless, Hitler spent a long time walking in the grounds and through the galleries of the great palace.



The police in north-east Scotland ordered people who were standing watching a dog-fight between British fighters and the enemy into their homes as raiders were reported over the country last night and early today from as far apart as north-east Scotland and south-east England.

Eye-witnesses said that three enemy bombers approached land, flying low in a V-formation. Anti-aircraft guns illuminated the encounter with the fighters.  Then, one plane turned back, leaving the other two to try to break through the British defences.

In south-east Scotland there was heavy anti-aircraft fire as searchlights ringed raiders overhead. A low-flying machine was seen over one town, which cannot be named for security reasons. North-eastern, eastern and south-eastern districts of England also reported raiders.

Soon after, raiderspassed over north-east England and there were reports in one town of explosions that were heard several miles away, though these may have been anti-aircraft fire. Another town reported the sound of explosions. Four enemy planes passed over a district of south-east England and people who were returning home ran for their shelters.

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