The Oster conspiracy of 1938 : the unknown story of the military plot to kill Hitler and avert World War II (Book, 2003) [WorldCat.org]
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The Oster conspiracy of 1938 : the unknown story of the military plot to kill Hitler and avert World War II

Author: Terry M Parssinen
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In September 1938, Hitler had been in power for more than five years and had unilaterally dismantled the Treaty of Versailles, provision by provision, daring Britain and France to stand up to him. Earlier that year he had forced Austria into his Third Reich without firing a single shot. Now his sights were set on Czechoslovakia. It was in this dangerous climate that the first anti-Nazi coup was born. The plot was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Hans Oster; Adolf Hitler; Adolf Hitler; Hans Oster; Hans Oster; Adolf Hitler; Hans (Soldat) Oster; Adolf Hitler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry M Parssinen
ISBN: 0060195878 9780060195878 0060955252 9780060955250
OCLC Number: 50091692
Description: xxii, 232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Dramatis personae --
Prologue --
Fuhrer makes war on his army: Oster recruits the generals --
Road to mutiny and revolution: general beck converts --
Europe on the edge of war: Oster brings the conspiracy to life --
Hitler's knife at Chamberlain's throat: Climax --
Epilogue --
Glossary of German terms --
Army rank structure for general officers --
Notes --
Index --
Maps: Government district of Berlin, 1938 --
German army deployment, September 1938 --
Conspirators' targets in greater Berlin, September 1938.
Responsibility: Terry Parssinen.
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In September 1938, Hitler had been in power for more than five years and had unilaterally dismantled the Treaty of Versailles, provision by provision, daring Britain and France to stand up to him. Earlier that year he had forced Austria into his Third Reich without firing a single shot. Now his sights were set on Czechoslovakia. It was in this dangerous climate that the first anti-Nazi coup was born. The plot was spearheaded by Oster, and its members included top German military leaders, the Berlin police, local troop commanders, civil authorities, religious leaders, and a group of resisters whose names have somehow been wiped from the pages of history. Their mission was to kill Hitler and to overthrow the Nazi regime. Historian Terry Parssinen, using British and German sources and previously unknown documents in the Military History Institute of the U.S. Army War College, has documented the fast-paced story of this developing conspiracy. Revelatory, peopled with a rich cast of characters, and highly provocative, this is narrative history at its best. The author assesses the plot's chances for success and speculates about the consequences if the conspirators had been able to seize power in Berlin in 1938, thus averting World War II.

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