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 James Lonsdale-Bryans was a writer, amateur  British diplomat and Nazi sympathiser who was educated at Eton Collegemarker.


In 1940, Lonsdale-Bryans travelled to Italymarker to meet Ulrich von Hassell, the Germanmarker ambassador to Italymarker. He believed von Hassell would be receptive to the idea of a pact between Britain and Germany at the outbreak of World War II. The terms of this pact were that Germany would have a free hand in Europe in return for Britain running the rest of the world. However, he unsuccessfully attempted to arrange a meeting with both U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and British General Bernard Montgomery.

Lonsdale-Bryans had the ear of several members of British Parliamentmarker, including Lord Halifax, but the level of support of said MPs is unknown. A handwritten note by the MI5marker stated:
"He went to Italy with the knowledge of the Foreign Office in order to develop his contacts.
He greatly exceeded his instructions."
MI5 decided against arresting him, due to the possible support he was receiving from members of Parliament (potentially including Neville Chamberlain), and the embarrassment this would have caused.When Winston Churchill succeeded Chamberlain as Prime Minister, he had Lord Halifax replaced and Lonsdale-Bryans's political influence disappeared.

Lonsdale-Bryan was on friendly terms with powerful members of the British aristocracy, including the Duke of Buccleuch and Lord Brocket, who also were Nazi sympathizers.

References

  1. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Amateur-British-Diplomat-James-Lonsdale-Bryans-Peace-Deal-Plan-With-Nazi-Germany/Article/200808415090149
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/08/30/wayward.diplomat.ap/index.html
  3. National Archives: catalogue reference KV/2/2839 - Image 4
  4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7589251.stm BBC News
  5. UK diplomat sought deal with Nazis, Jerusalem Post, Sept. 2, 2008


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