Archives: 1 January, 2006

WINSTON Churchill was determined to send Adolf Hitler to the electric chair if he was ever captured and believed that senior Nazis should be summarily executed without the benefit of a trial, according to papers released today.

The British Prime Minister's brutal attitude towards his enemies is revealed in newly published records from meetings of the War Cabinet.

The notes, taken by Deputy Cabinet Secretary Sir Norman Brook in his own style of shorthand, provide the first detailed insight into what was said during debates on crucial issues.

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Previously released minutes have only recorded the general tenor of discussions, without naming names.

But the new documents show senior colleagues such as future PM Clement Attlee cajoling and badgering Britain's most famous wartime leader to moderate his combative views.

• The release of new records from War Cabinet meetings.