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Countdown to Valkyrie : the July plot to assassinate Hitler

Author: Nigel H Jones
Publisher: London : Frontline Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although there were more than 40 plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler, none came closer to success than the July Plot of 1944. The attempt was masterminded by Count von Stauffenberg, a member of the German General Staff, who had been rushed back from Africa after losing his left eye and right hand. For his injuries, he had been decorated as a war hero. Never a supporter of Nazi ideology, he was increasingly attracted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: War and conflict
History
Named Person: Adolf Hitler; Klaus Philipp Schenk von Stauffenberg, Graf; Adolf Hitler; Klaus Philipp Schenk von Stauffenberg, Graf; Adolf Hitler; Klaus Philipp Schenk von Stauffenberg, Graf
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel H Jones
ISBN: 9781848325081 1848325088
OCLC Number: 228197818
Description: xi, 308 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : high summer in the wolf's lair --
A good German : the early life of Count Claus von Stauffenberg --
Seizing the state : the irresistible rise of Hitler's Nazis --
Rule of the outlaws --
Hitler's march to war --
Hitler's war --
Lone wolf : Georg Elser and the bomb in the beerhall --
The devil's luck : Henning von Tresckow and the army's plots against Hitler --
Enter Stauffenberg : the head, heart and hand of the conspiracy --
Valkyrie : 20 July 1944 --
Retribution : Hitler's revenge --
Afterword with Count Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg.
Responsibility: Nigel Jones.

Abstract:

Although there were more than 40 plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler, none came closer to success than the July Plot of 1944. The attempt was masterminded by Count von Stauffenberg, a member of the German General Staff, who had been rushed back from Africa after losing his left eye and right hand. For his injuries, he had been decorated as a war hero. Never a supporter of Nazi ideology, he was increasingly attracted by the approaches of the German resistance movement. After a attempt to assassinate Hitler in November 1943 failed, Stauffenberg developed a new plot to kill him at the Wolf's Lair Headquarters on 20th July 1944. Besides the Fuhrer's assassination, Stauffenberg organized plans to take over command of the Germany forces and sue for peace with the Allies. The attempt ultimately failed. Only one bomb was detonated and Hitler was only injured: 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. The author 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.

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