Military History Now
… One Second World War German interrogator managed to draw crucial military secrets from more than 90 percent of Allied fliers he questioned. And he did so using some rather unconventional methods – namely kindness. While the newly-captured air crew who stood before Hanns Scharff at the temporary Luftwaffe `transit camp’ at Oberursel, Germany were expecting to face pliers, thumbscrews or maybe rubber truncheons, what they got instead was hospitality, sympathy and even friendship. In fact, pilots became so close with Scharff, they ended up revealing a treasure trove of details about their planes, weaponry as well as air combat tactics … Astonishingly, Scharrf was also asked to consult the Pentagon on interrogation techniques.