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Operation Valkyrie – Hitler’s assassination failed – 1944

Operation Valkyrie – Hitler’s assassination failed – 1944

Hitler was so close to the bomb that about 200 pieces of wood had to be taken out of his leg, and his clothes were all in rags.

On July 20, 1944, the most famous assassination of the German Führer Adolf Hitler took place. The assassination was carried out by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. This German count of aristocratic descent acted as part of the Valkyrie plan, which aimed to kill Hitler, arrest members of the SS and try to end the war through negotiations.

A bomb blast near Hitler killed four people: General Günther Korten (Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe), General Rudolf Schmundt (Chief of Staff at Army Headquarters), stenographer Heinz Berger and Colonel Heinz Brandt. Hitler was so close to the bomb that about 200 pieces of wood had to be taken out of his leg, and his clothes were all in rags. As many as 24 people were present in that hall together with Hitler at the time of the explosion. Everyone except Field Marshal Keitel’s drums exploded. The hall was located on the famous location of Wolfsschanze, which served as Hitler’s headquarters for the Eastern Battlefield. The remains of the Wolf’s Lair can still be seen today and are located in the eastern part of Poland, near the town of Kętrzyn. After the failure of the assassination, Hitler had about 5,000 people arrested and about 200 executed.

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