TOP SECRET WEAPON TO FIX HITLER.. ASTROLOGY; Fake Noble Bid to Fool Spy Bosses
Byline: By GRAHAM BROUGH
DESPERATE British spy chiefs became convinced they could defeat Hitler - with astrology.
A bogus Hungarian nobleman hoodwinked them into believing he could draw up the same forecasts as Hitler's personal astrologer.
The horoscopes would give them vital clues to his strategic moves.
Some MI5 officers warned that Louis de Wohl was a "charlatan".
But he still managed to persuade intelligence bosses who believed Hitler was hooked on astrology.
De Wohl had already talked his way into working for the Special Operations Executive in their propaganda effort ordered by Winston Churchill to bring the US into the war.
In a 1941 memo to his SOE bosses - among secret papers released yesterday by the National Archives - de Wohl wrote: "All major enterprises of Hitler since he came to power have been undertaken under 'good aspects'.
"His famous 'divine intuition' is in reality simply knowledge about what are planetary tendencies.
"This opens, of course, many possibilities to us from a psychological point of view. An attack at a time when he knows his aspects are bad will find him prone to some amount of defeatism. …