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The Hunt for Martin Bormann (Paperback)

WWII Military Biography Berlin 1945

By Charles Whiting
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781848842892
Published: 18th October 2010

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On the night of 1 May 1945 Martin Bormann, head of the Nazi Party Chancellery and private secretary to Adolf Hitler, fled Fuhrer’s bunker into the ruins of Berlin. His subsequent disappearance became the source of countless rumours and wild speculation over the years, even including a theory that he had been kidnapped by the son of Churchill’s doctor and Lt Commander Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, and had spent the rest of his life in quiet retirement in the English Home Counties! In The Hunt for Martin Bormann, Charles Whiting examines over 50 years of rumours, claims and counter-claims to uncover the real fate of one of the most hunted men of the twentieth century.

Charles Whiting wrote his first novel in 1953, aged just twenty-six. He went on to be the world’s most prolific author of military books; he has sold in excess of three million in the UK alone, and his collective works number around 200. Charles also lived abroad for thirty years working in German chemical factories, US fashion companies, newspapers, magazines, universities – as an associate professor and lecturer – and spent a long spell in the US army. He died in 2007.

I do believe that it is a wellknown fact, that Martin Bormann and Hitlers Doctor: Stumphegger died when a tunnel collapsed in the Fuhrers bunker, at the very end of the war. In the seventies a pair of bodies was found during a digging in the area, and with glass-splinters in the mouth! When their faces was reconstructed - by an American Doctor - the one was undoubtedly Martin Bormann!

Finn Carl Soerensen
 Charles Whiting

About Charles Whiting

Born in the Bootham area of York, England, he was a pupil at the prestigious Nunthorpe Grammar School, leaving at the age of 16 to join the British Army by lying about his age. Keen to be in on the wartime action, Whiting was attached to the 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment and by the age of 18 saw duty as a sergeant in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany in the latter stages of World War II. While still a soldier, he observed conflicts between the highest-ranking British and American generals which he would write about extensively in later years.

After the war, he stayed on in Germany completing his A-levels via correspondence course and teaching English before being enrolled at Leeds University reading History and German Language. As an undergraduate he was afforded opportunities for study at several European universities and, after gaining his degree, would go on to become an assistant professor of history. Elsewhere, Whiting held a variety of jobs which included working as a translator for a German chemical factory and spells as a publicist, a correspondent for The Times and feature writer for such diverse magazines as International Review of Linguistics, Soldier and Playboy.

His first novel was written while still an undergraduate, was published in 1954 and by 1958 had been followed by three wartime thrillers. Between 1960 and 2007 Charles went on to write over 350 titles, including 70 non-fiction titles covering varied topics from the Nazi intelligence service to British Regiments during World War II.

Charles Henry Whiting, author and military historian died on July 24 2007, leaving his wife and son.

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