Operation Valkyrie: The German Generals' Plot Against Hitler
On July 20, 1944, a one-eyed, one-armed veteran of Rommel's Afrika Korps smuggled a briefcase full of high explosive into a conference room in the Wolf's Lair, Hitler's East Prussian command headquarters. Finally, after ten years of intrigues and reversals, disappointment and vacillation, the German officer corps had turned against its master, Adolf Hitler.
Operation Valkyrie - the code name for the military coup d'etat - was underway. The authors have found the key to these complex and often cryptic events in the archives and personal recollections of General Adolf Heusinger, operations chief of the German general staff from 1940 to 1944. Heusinger met with Hitler over six hundred times, and came to be the conspirators' special envoy to the Nazi court, a role that exposed him to considerable risks. He was critically wounded at the Wolf's Lair and only narrowly escaped death a second time at the hands of the SS.
The story of the July 20 rebellion has exercised the imaginations of historians and readers for more than a half-century, but is told here with unrivaled clarity and completeness.
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July 20 1944 The Wolfs Lair
July 20 1944 Paris
19341935 The Army Swears Fealty
19361937 They Call him Hermann
1938 A Swine But a Lucky Swine
1939 First Soldier of the Reich
1940 I Can Force Them to Obey Me
1941 We Have Nothing to Fear from the Americans
1944 When the Oxcart Gets Stuck in the Mud
July 20 1944 Exercise Completed
After July 20 1944 The Last Knights
March 1945May 1945 In the Best Interests of the Nation
Interview with General Heusinger
Glossary of German Military Terms
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