James Larratt Battersby - Ayran Testament - The Holy Book and Testament of Adolf Hitler - Kingdom Press, Manchester, April 1951, first edition, for private circulation only by the editor and publisher James larratt Battersby, 95 pages illustrated. Issued to believers who numbered very few, the first version of the Holy Book of Adolf Hitler, the version battersby had on him when arrested at the Cenotaph. Very much a book in the mold of Yockey's Imperium, although much rarer as there possibly numbered 50 or less believers. Good copy, title hand written on spine.
James Larratt Battersby was a Stockport based BUF activist. His family ran a hat making company which was well known locally. Battersby was the Stockport BUF branch organiser at one point who was interned under 18B. After the war he joined the “League of Christian Reformers” which published a newspaper called Kingdom Herald. The group, which was led by Captain Thomas Guillaume St. Barbe Baker (his brother Richard was the famous forester/environmentalist), basically comprised of a group of activists (almost all former 18b detainees) living in a communal house Kingdom House, Petworth, Sussex, who held a quasi-religious veneration for Hitler. Battersby was arrested at the Cenotaph for shouting “Heil Hitler” whilst carrying the first issue of his book “An Aryan Testament - the Holy Book and Testament of Adolf Hitler” – an almost entirely different text has appeared and been reprinted as a modern pamphlet under the title “The Holy Book of Adolf Hitler” by Battersby which was said to have been written in 1951, the same year as “Ayran Testament” and represented the culmination of these views which he had developed during internment. He was clearly troubled and committed suicide in 1955 by jumping into the paddles of a Mersey ferry.
James Larratt Battcrsty (45), of Southport, who was alleged
to have shouted "Heil Hitler"
during a two-minute silence at the Cenotaph on Sunday was remanded
yesterday till next Monday for a mental and physical report. Mr. J. Averill. prosecuting, Began,
"This rather disgraceful Incident occurred at tho Cenotaph service on
Remembrance Day. Tho chimes of Big Ben had Just completed ll. And while everybody was silent, this man, surrounded by people, shouted during that
extremely solemn moment." Mr.
Averill added "Battersby said, .This is the day of English judgment. I
speak the truth. English children must
be saved. Trust God and eternal Christ. Hell Hitler.' He then raised his arm in
the Nazi salute." "It. was obviously a moment of Intense emotional
feeling and the crowd became hostile. Battersby was held by two police
inspectors who took him to the front of the crowd where he remained stationary
and silent until he was taken to the pollice station," Mr. Averill said.
Police Inspector Ratcliffe told the court that while he was taking Battersby to
the police station, people shouted, "Cut his throat," "String
him up."Battersby carried five photographs of Hitler, an "Aryan
testament" edited and published by himself, and three copies of affidavits
by three doctors, dated 1947, showing he was sane, Inspector Ratcliffe said.
Inspector Max Newman said he was convinced that if Battersby had not been
arrested, ho would have been manhandled. Battersby, a tall well-built man with
close-cropped hair, gave evidence and took the oath In the normal way.