Hermann Goering's Hitler telegram to auction in Maryland

A famous telegram sent from Hermann Goering to Adolf Hitler at the end of the second world war is to cross the block at Alexander Historical Auctions.

The lot is valued at $15,000-20,000 ahead of the July 7 sale in Maryland.

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Goering sent the telegram in the closing days of the second world war

It was written on April 23, 1945, while Hitler was holed up in a bunker in Berlin, and requests permission to take control of the Reich.

It reads: "My Fuhrer: General Koller today gave me a briefing on the basis of communications given to him by Colonel General Jodl and General Christian, according to which you had referred certain decisions to me and emphasized that I, in case negotiations would become necessary, would be in an easier position than you in Berlin.

"These views were so surprising and serious to me that I felt obligated to assume, in case by 2200 o'clock no answer is forthcoming, that you have lost your freedom of action.

"I shall then view the conditions of your decree as fulfilled and take action for the well being of Nation and Fatherland. You know what I feel for you in these most difficult hours of my life and I cannot express this in words.

"God protect you and allow you despite everything to come here as soon as possible. Your faithful Hermann Goering"

Goering's attempt to wrest the reins of power from Hitler sent the fuhrer into an apoplectic fury.

He stripped Goering of his rank and arrested him, although he was spared the death penalty.

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