A PAINTING depicting a World War 1 battle scene staged at the Somme, believed to have been the work of evil Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler has emerged as going up for auction in Shropshire.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was known as a keen artist, having struggled to make a living from his work before he was imprisoned for five years in 1924 at Landsberg Prison after being found guilty of treason. But now a picture depicting a British tank in German markings on the Somme battlefield in 1916 is said to be the artwork of the evil dictator. In 1916, Hitler was serving on the Western front in France, fighting as a foot soldier in the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment 16.
Hitler fought at Ypres, Arras and Passchendaele and was wounded at the Somme.
The dictator combined his two main interests - art and war - when he is said to have produced the sketch in 1916 – halfway through the First World War which saw over 700,000 young British men killed in action.
The cartoon painting, signed “A. Hitler”, shows a captured British tank daubed with German markings and positioned in front of an obliterated brick wall.
It is one of two works attributed to the monster of the holocaust now coming up for sale in Shropshire.
The other painting up for sale is a more tranquil winter river view, also attributed to the dictator and painted in 1916.