How Adolf Hitler tried to get out of speeding fine by claiming it was his lookalike chauffeur
How Hitler tried to get out of speeding fine by claiming it was his lookalike chauffeur: German archives reveal 1931 ticket
He was Adolf Hitler, in the driving seat of the Third Reich, and definitely not amused the day he was booked for going too fast in his supercharged Mercedes limousine.
But was he driving? Documents revealed Adolf Hitler had asked chauffeur Julius Schreck (pictured behind the wheel) to drive fast after he was given a speeding ticket near Igolstadt in 1931
Hitler's long lost speeding summons has been found in a Bavarian archive.
He was handed the fine in the tiny hamlet of Baar-Ebenhausen, south of the city of Ingolstadt, on September 19, 1931 - a little over two and-a-half years before he became chancellor and Fuehrer.
A senior police officer called Probst from the Bavarian gendarme station Reichertshofen put in his notebook how a car travelling at 1.37pm on the road towards Munich was travellingat a 'high speed'.
Taking the blame: Schreck, right, stood to be banned after he was clocked driving more than twice the speed limit in Hitler's personal MercedesHe also put down the number plate - II A – 19357 - which happened to be Hitler's personal car and sent to details to superiors in Munich to learn who the car's owner was.
The incident happened long before the days of speed cameras.
In his report Probst wrote: 'The speed of the vehicle was determined by two officials with two stop watches.
'The car drove over a measured distance of 200m in 13 seconds, which results in the average speed of 55.3 km per hour (34.3mph).'
In a hurry: Hitler, pictured in Nuremberg in 1934, may have been rushing back to Munich after his half-niece Geli Raubal shot herself in the flat they sharedThis was double the permitted speed limit on the road at that time and should have resulted in an immediate ban.
Three days later Probst received the information that the car belonged to one A. Hitler, who lived at Prinzeregentstrasse 16 and he issued the speeding ticket.
Hitler's former flat still exists only now it is, ironically, a police station.
But it is doubtful if Hitler or his party ever had to pay a fine.
Certainly no document surfaced alongside the original report stating that he had to cough up.
There was, however, another document found in the archive with the word 'settled' stamped on it relating to the incident.
Staff: Hitler poses for a signed photograph with members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party in 1929. (From left) adjutant Julius Schaub, Schreck, Hitler, future SS colonel Gerhard Maurer and psychiatrist Carl SchneiderHitler said he was not at the wheel at the time but that it was being driven by his chauffeur Julius Schreck and that he had instructed him 'to drive as fast as possible' without saying why.
But history records the probable reason. The day before his 23-year-old half-niece Geli Raubal, with whom he lived and who he loved madly, shot herself with Hitler's pistol at the Munich flat.
It sent Hitler into a profound depression and senior Nazis on trial at Nuremberg after the war said no other single incident during the whole of the Third Reich affected him more.
Historians speculate he was in something approaching a blind panic to get to Munich to begin the damage limitation exercise that he knew he must put in place to protect his burgeoning image as the saviour of Germany.
As to Officer Probst, there is no indication that he ever advanced further in the police force for daring to send a summons to the future Fuehrer of Germany.
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