The Nazis planned to kill Winston Churchill during World War II with exploding chocolate, it has been discovered.
In an extravagant plot, similar to inventive plans used today by Islamic extremist terrorists, the Adolf Hitler commissioned his bomb makers to create an explosive device covered in a thin layer of chocolate. The exploding chocolate bar was then to be wrapped in expensive black and gold covering to disguise the bomb as Peters Chocolate brand of premium chocolates, according to a Telegraph report.
The explosives were planned to be powerful enough to kill anyone within a few meters of the chocolate bar.
The inventive device would be triggered by a piece of the chocolate bar being broken off, which would start a timer to set off the device seven seconds later.
According to the devilish Nazi plan, secret agents would infiltrate Britain and somehow manage to plant the chocolate bars in Britain's War Cabinet dining room, along with a host of other luxury items so as to blend in. During the war in Britain there was a strictly imposed rationing of luxury items such as chocolate. So their presence in the War Cabinet would likely have quickly attracted those working there.
However, according to The Daily Mail the plot was foiled by British spies, who found out about the exploding chocolate devices. The British spies contacted Lord Victor Rothschild, one of MI5′s most senior intelligence chiefs, who commissioned an artist, Laurence Fish, to create a poster warning of the device to warn the British public.
Fish died just three years ago aged 89, but the letter from Lord Rothschild telling Fish about the plot has since been unveiled.
In the letter Lord Rothschild writes:
I wonder if you could do a drawing for me of an explosive slab of chocolate.
We have received information that the enemy are using pound slabs of chocolate which are made of steel with a very thin covering of real chocolate.
Inside there is high explosive and some form of delay mechanism… When you break off a piece of chocolate at one end in the normal way, instead of it falling away, a piece of canvas is revealed stuck into the middle of the piece which has been broken off and a ticking into the middle of the remainder of the slab.
When the piece of chocolate is pulled sharply, the canvas is also pulled and this initiates the mechanism.
I enclose a very poor sketch done by somebody who has seen one of these.
It is wrapped in the usual sort of black paper with gold lettering, the variety being PETERS.
Would it be possible for you to do a drawing of this, one possibly with the paper half taken off revealing one end and another with the piece broken off showing the canvas.
The text should indicate that this piece together with the attached canvas is pulled out sharply and that after a delay of seven seconds the bomb goes off."