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British Private Henry Tandey
Henry Tandey (30 August 1891 – 20 December 1977) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the
highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that
can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the most
highly decorated British private of the First World War.
Adolf Hitler and Tandey encountered each other in World War I after the battle at Marcoing (in
October 1914, whilst Tandey was serving with the Green Howards). A weary German
soldier wandered into Tandey's line of fire. The enemy soldier was wounded and
did not even attempt to raise his own rifle. Tandey chose not to shoot. The
German soldier saw him lower his rifle and nodded his thanks before wandering
off. The soldier was later identified as Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler of the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment.