A PIECE of carpet from the underground bunker where Adolf Hitler masterminded the Nazi war effort has been discovered in North Yorkshire.

During refurbishment of the Green Howards Museum in Richmond, staff discovered an envelope containing a patch of the Fuhrer’s floor covering as they emptied an archive store for redecoration.

It consisted of yellow flowers and blue leaves on a fawn background.

Lynda Powell, director of the Green Howards Museum, said: “This was one of the unexpected finds as we moved items for the redecoration in the archive. “We don’t know exactly which Green Howard ‘liberated’ it from Berlin in 1945, but it is likely to have been a member of the 1st Battalion, which was in the city in 1945.

“We were given it in 1985 by a lady who had worked for the Women’s Voluntary Service. “We were surprised at how domestic the carpet’s pattern is – certainly a contrast to the images we have of the Bunker.”

The piece of Hitler’s carpet will be on display in the Green Howards Museum from today.