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The July Plot to Assassinate Hitler



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Although there were more than forty plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler, none came closer to success than the 20 July Plot of 1944. As part of Operation Valkyrie this was masterminded by a group of acting and retired Army officers and some civilians who wanted to remove Hitler in order to establish a new government in Germany. It was to be carried out by one of the key organisers, Count von Stauffenberg, a member of the German General Staff, who had been returned from Africa after losing his left eye and right hand. For his injuries, he had been decorated as a war hero. Stauffenberg had become increasingly attracted by the approaches of the German resistance movement. After an attempt to assassinate Hitler in November 1943 failed, Stauffenberg developed a new plot to kill him at the Wolfsschanze, or Wolf's Lair, the Fuhrerhauptquartiere, or Fuhrer's headquarters, on the Eastern Front. Besides the Fuhrer's assassination, Stauffenberg organised plans to take over command of the German forces and sue for peace with the Allies. Though Stauffenberg's bomb exploded as planned, in a conference room at the Wolf's Lair on 20 July 1944, Hitler survived. His life was probably saved because the bomb, hidden in Stauffenberg's suitcase, had been placed behind a heavy table leg which reduced the impact of the blast. In remarkable detail, with photographs, explanatory maps and diagrams, author Nigel Jones dissects the lead up to the attempt, the events of the day in minute-by-minute detail, and the aftermath in which the conspirators were hunted down. This is the full story of just how close the plan to assassinate Hitler came to success - and how the course of the Second World War might have been dramatically altered. AUTHOR: Nigel Jones is an award-winning author, journalist, historian and radio broadcaster, covering subjects that range from Nazi Germany to the lives of British writers. Having launched his journalistic career on local newspapers, Nigel went on to work for the Press Association News Agency and has also been Assistant Editor of History Today and BBC History magazines. His other books include The War Walk: A Journey Along the Western Front and A Brief History of the Birth of the Nazis: How the Freikorps Blazed a Trail for Hitler. 50 b/w illustrations

Product code: 9781526766540

ISBN 9781526766540
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
No. Of Pages 320
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
The story behind the blockbuster film Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise.