In an archived episode of Antiques Roadshow from 2019, Mark Smith was left baffled when he found himself holding a telegram from Adolf Hitler to Erwin Rommel during World War Two, the only copy of the letter in the world. Mark spoke to the grandson of the man who was allowed into Hitler’s bunker to find objects of material interest.
Mark started the valuation saying: “Everything on this table is foreign we have a French medal and a German map case, however the medal is a French medal awarded to British soldiers who fought in normandy for the liberation of france the D Day landings.
“Your Grandfather is the gentleman here in this photo, so who was he?”
The guest explained: “Born in 1920, a few miles from here listed in the army at 17 with a friend. He ended up in Dunkirk sank, torpedoed, escaped and got back to the UK.
“Fought through North Africa, fought all the way through France, Holland, Belgium, northern Germany and ended up in Berlin.”
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Antiques Roadshow expert stunned by telegram from Hitler with hidden valuation twist (Image: ITV)
Antiques Roadshow expert stunned by telegram from Hitler with hidden valuation twist (Image: BBC)
Mark continued: “Those guys who liberated, as you said they were presented with the Legion d'Honneur, one of the highest awards that France can give.
“Just to say thank you to those young lads really who fought for the liberation of France. When did he get his medal?”
The man explained: “He got that medal on the 72nd anniversary of D-Day and he passed away 18 months after which is a real shame.”