April 22, 2007


How Hitler cheated death in 1943 coup... thanks to the Allies (MURDO MACLEOD, 4/22/07, scotlandonsunday.com)

DER Führer Adolf Hitler ist tot. These six words, announcing the death of the Nazi leader, should have brought the Second World War to an end in November 1943. [...]

Major General Henning von Tresckow created a new force of around 20,000 troops based in German-controlled territory in the east, telling High Command it was needed to protect against a potential revolt by slave labourers.

Tresckow then organised a 'fashion parade' at which Hitler was to inspect new uniforms, little suspecting one of the models was a suicide bomber. Once the Führer was dead, Tresckow planned to blame the killing on rogue SS elements, use his secret army to take command, and end the war.

But the putsch was foiled days before it was due to be launched, thanks to the RAF. The uniforms were among the casualties from two nights of bombing raids on Berlin, so the plot was abandoned.

Documents minutely detailing every moment of the overthrow of Nazi Germany and its aftermath were immediately buried by the panicked plotters. They were uncovered by the victorious Soviets in 1945 and lay in Moscow archives until a recent study by Professor Peter Hoffmann of the McGill University, Montreal.

Hoffman, a world authority on wartime resistance to Hitler within the German army, believes another of the plotters was Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who earned his place in history by almost killing the Führer with a briefcase bomb in 1944.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2007 10:59 PM

This wasn't the only time the British saved Hitler from his own people. There was a plan to overthrow Hitler -- and kill him resisting arrest whether he resisted or not -- to prevent him from invading Czechoslovakia and starting a second World War. The heads of German Military Intelligence, the General Staff, and the Berlin police were involved. But, of course, Chamberlain gave Hitler Czechoslovakia without firing a shot, so the plan was scrapped.

This, and numerous other failed attempts on Hitler's life, is covered in the book "Target Hitler: The Plots to Kill Adolf Hitler," by James P. Duffy and Vincent L. Ricci. Looks like it's due for a second edition, based on the article you linked.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at April 23, 2007 1:29 PM