Adolf Hitler ordered the Nazis to develop sex dolls to send to his troops being ravaged by disease after sleeping with French women, it's been revealed.
The synthetic 'comforters' were made from silicone and designed to stop soldiers being laid low with syphilis.
Initially, the Hungarian actress Kathe von Nagy was asked if the doll could be modelled on her, but she refused.
Instead the look of the Aryan doll with blonde bob hair and blue eyes was left bland so soldiers could apply their own fantasy.
Author Graeme Donald has uncovered the secretive ‘Borghild Project’ while researching the history of the Barbie doll - which was based on a post-war German sex doll toy.
He included the tale in his book, Mussolini's Barber, a compilation of bizarre stories connected with the biggest events of history.
The World War Two project began in 1940 after SS chief Henrich Himmler wrote: ‘The greatest danger in Paris is the widespread and uncontrolled presence of whores, picking up clients in bars, dance halls, and other places.
‘It is our duty to prevent soldiers from risking their health just for the sake of a quick adventure.’
The dolls were apparently trialled in Nazi-occupied Jersey at the German barracks in St Hellier. After being refined, Himmler was so impressed he immediately ordered 50 of them.
However, at the beginning of 1942 he changed his mind and the whole project was axed and any evidence was destroyed in the Allied bombing of Dresden.
The story came from German sculptor Arthur Rink, one of the men on the team which designed the doll at the Racial Hygiene and Demographic Biology Research Unit.
Mr Donald said: ‘I was looking at the weird things on the periphery of major events when I came across this story.
‘I was actually researching the history of the Barbie doll that was based on a German sex doll of the 1950s.
‘Ruth and Elliot Handler from America visited Germany in 1956 and saw the Lilli dolls that were sold in barbers' shops and nightclubs - and were not for children.
‘Ruth didn't realise this and bought one and realised later they were not toys. But Ruth and her husband used the doll as a foundation for what became Barbie.
‘While I was researching this I came across references to Nazi sex dolls and found out that Hitler had ordered them to be made.
‘As ever, more troops were laid low by disease than by bullets. Syphilis was a problem Hitler was aware of and he was rumoured to have suffered from it himself.
‘In an attempt to try and stop the troops getting sexually transmitted diseases the Nazis started to develop sex dolls.
‘There was debate about whether the dolls should have the hair-style with side-plaits spiralled into circles, but in the end a boyish bob won the day.
‘They were made from highly tensile and elastic polymers and the first ones were trialled in Jersey.
‘In the end the idea fizzled out and the place where they were made and all the other dolls are thought to have been destroyed in the bombing of Dresden.’
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