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Rare items salvaged from Adolf Hitler's train by a British officer including cream jug for sale

A selection of rare items salvaged from Adolf Hitler's personal train by a British officer have emerged for sale 76 years on.

Corporal Horace Whitney, who was part of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's security staff, brought home a range of souvenirs including the Nazi dictator's cream jug at the end of World War Two.

He also got his hands on a small binder which listed the Fuhrer's musical choices to be played on a gramophone while on the train.

The music document reveals that Hitler was a fan of the classic composers Wagner, who shared his anti-Semitic views, and Beethoven.

Creamer Jug 'liberated' from Adolf Hitler's Personal Train by Corporal Horace Whitney

While searching through the cabins, Corporal Whitney spotted the small white cream jug with a Nazi eagle on it

Corporal Whitney had been asked by Montgomery to locate Hitler's train in Germany as he wanted to do a victory lap of it.

While searching through the cabins, Corporal Whitney spotted the small white cream jug with a Nazi eagle on it.

The letters next to it, D and R, stand for Deutsches Reichbahn - and on the base is the number 241, which is believed to correspond with Hitler's locomotive.

The mementos, which have since passed into the hands of a collector, are going under the hammer with C&T Auctions, of Ashford, Kent. 

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler on his personal train during his visit of Austria in March 1938

Corporal Whitney also got his hands on a small binder which listed the Fuhrer's musical choices (pictured) to be played on a gramophone while on the train

A tag reading: 'Gramophone record catalogue from Adolf Hitler's special train - 1945' 

The jug could sell for £400, with the other items likely to go for hundreds of pounds. 

Tim Harper, specialist at C&T Auctions, said: 'We are confident this is a cream jug from Hitler's train as the number on the base corresponds to it, and there is strong provenance.

'Cpl Whitney was a member of Montgomery's security staff and took various items as souvenirs. 

The music document reveals that Hitler was a fan of the classic composers Wagner and Beethoven

The music booklet shows Hitler's love for Wagner (left), who shared his anti-Semitic views. It also features Beethoven (right)

'The music booklet is also fascinating as it shows Hitler's love for Wagner, who shared his anti-Semitic views. 

'The mementos were acquired by the vendor, a Montgomery collector, directly from the family.'

The sale takes place on June 30.

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