The Hitler - Mannerheim Conversation
Hitler’s War-David Irving.
"On June 4 1942, Hitler made one of his very rare flights outside the Reich frontiers, to honour Finland’s Marshal Mannerheim on his seventyfifth birthday. In the dining car of Mannerheim’s special train, its broad windows overlooking the sunlit Lake Saimaa, Hitler was tempted by the polished speech of President Ryti to rise in reply himself. While the local German envoy looked on disapprovingly and the marshal, perhaps unaware
of his visitor’s aversion to tobacco, affably puffed clouds of cigar smoke, he delivered ex tempore a tactful speech on his awkward position during Finland’s winter war with Russia. After the Führer’s four-engined Focke-Wulf 200 took off, a flattered Mannerheim commented, ‘He is phenomenal!’Flying back from Finland, Hitler heard that Reinhard Heydrich had died of his wounds."
"Six hundred of
Germany’s leading men gathered behind Hitler to pay homage to the Gestapo chief. Hitler used to call him ‘the man with iron nerves.’ According to his historical officer Wilhelm Scheidt, Hitler had even been grooming him to become his successor. In Prague, Heydrich had modelled himself on Hitler,winning the workers over. By the time of his assassination the first twenty convalescent homes had already been built for Czech workers. On the day
he died, fifty thousand such workers demonstrated in Prague in a remarkable manifestation against the British-inspired act.