court-historians and other assorted ignoramuses have always portrayed the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler as a noble
effort among German Officers to save Germany from "Hitler's madness". The plotters, as the goof-ball narrative
goes, viewed the regime as "evil"; and, with the tide of war turning, were finally in a position to remove the tyrant
Hitler. Hollywood even produced a movie with this theme, so it must be
true; right? (rolling eyes)
it is certainly true that at least some of the naive plotters were under the delusion that the death of Hitler would lead
to a peaceful settlement with America and Britain, treasonous plots against Hitler had existed since 1938; the plotters generally
being old school, elitist military conservatives who always resented 'Lance Corporal' Hitler's merit-based populist ideology and anti-classism. According to
a 1940 report issued by the German Foreign Ministry, some of these plots were aided by western spy agencies.
Hitler preferred the company of his adoring
rank and file soldiers to that
of some of his snobby Generals.
is hard to say which of the plotters were western-friendly traitors, which were motivated solely by a desire to save their
own skin, and which truly believed that a just peace with Churchill and FDR (which would have allowed Germany to
focus on fighting the Soviet Union) was actually possible. We suspect that several motives were at play. For the sake
of argument, let us assume that most of the coup plotters had honorable intentions, as was likely the case with General Erwin
Rommel; and limit ourselves only to addressing the delusion that Hitler's death would have spared Germany from the coming
post-war horrors of 1945-1949.
But first, a review
of the amazing 1944 event is in order.
THE JULY 20 PLOT
One month after the the successful Allied invasion of Normandy, as Stalin's Red Army
moves westward, the tide of war is clearly turning against Germany. Barring a stunning counter-offensive in the West, which
will nearly succeed during the coming December, (Battle of the Bulge)
Hitler's days seem numbered. The coup-plotters believe that the time to kill Hitler and make a deal is 'now or never'.
Operation Valkyrie is a World
War II emergency 'continuity of government' plan issued to the Reserve
Army of Germany to implement in case of a breakdown in civil order caused by the Allied bombing of German cities.
German Generals Friedrich Olbricht and Henning von Tresckow, and Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) modified
the plan with the intention of using it to take control of Germany, disarm the SS,
and arrest the State leadership once Hitler had been assassinated. Hitler's death (as opposed to his arrest)
was required to free German soldiers from their oath of loyalty to him.
von Stauffenberg - Olbricht - von Tresckow
As the war situation deteriorates, Hitler no longer appears in
public and rarely visits Berlin. He spends most of his time at his headquarters at the 'Wolfsschanze' (Wolf's Lair)
in East Prussia, always heavily guarded and rarely seeing people he does not trust. Waffen SS Leader Heinrich Himmler
and the Gestapo grow increasingly suspicious of plots against Hitler, and rightly suspect the officers of the General Staff,
the source of previous conspiracies against Hitler and probably some of the post D-Day military "blunders" which
facilitated the Allied advance from the West.
Their aim is to continue the war with Stalin, but to make peace with the U.S. &
U. K.. The conspirators score a major coup in early July when they recruit Erwin Rommel, the famed "Desert
Fox", into their ranks. Rommel is the most popular officer in Germany and first active-duty Field Marshal to
lend support to the plot. After lengthy preparation, the plot is activated in 1944.
General Rommel was a master of military straegy,
but evidently a novice when it came to geo-politics.
The key role in
the plot's implementation is to be played by Stauffenberg. Stauffenberg's position as Chief of the Reserve Army gives him
access to Hitler for reports. Stauffenberg will carry out both the assassination attempt and the Valkyrie coup operation.
After two abortive attempts, Stauffenberg places a briefcase bomb under a table near near Hitler during a July 20 conference
at the Wolf's Lair. After a few minutes, he receives a pre-arranged telephone call and leaves the meeting. When the
bomb detonates, the conference room is demolished, killing three officers and a non-combatant stenographer, which
does not speak too well of Stauffenberg's "honor".
Hitler survives with a perforated eardrum.
1- The bombed-out
conference room 2- Hitler's torn and singed pants 3- Hitler visits one of his injured Generals in
Believing that Hitler
is dead, Stauffenberg hurries back to Berlin to assume his pivotal role in the 'continuity of government' coup. Meanwhile,
conspirator Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, military governor of occupied France, disarms
the local SS and captures most of their leadership. He then travels to the headquarters of General Günther von Kluge
and asks him to contact the Allies, only to be informed that Hitler is still alive.
By this time Himmler has taken charge of
the situation and issued orders countermanding the mobilisation of Operation Valkyrie. In many places the coup is going
ahead, led by officers who believe that Hitler is dead. Berlin Commandant, and conspirator, General Paul von Hase even tries
to arrest Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. In Vienna, Prague, and many other places, troops occupy NS Party offices and arrest SS officers.
The coup fails and the conspiracy unravels.
Some of the plotters commit suicide. Others, including Stauffenberg, are rounded up and executed by firing squad. Later on,
when it is discovered that General Rommel had given his blessing to the coup, the popular general is granted the privilege
of swallowing poison, thus dying of "natural causes".
WHY THE PLOTTERS WERE FOOLS (or worse!)
Again, just for argument, let us
assume that the plotters were not self-serving scoundrels out to position themselves for a decent life in the coming post-war
Germany. The fact remains that the conspirators were incredibly naive to think that Churchill and especially
the commie-pinko FDR would ever deny their Soviet "Uncle Joe" of the pleasure of taking, and raping, Berlin and
Eastern Germany. The"Cold War" fallout with Stalin only came a few years after the war ended, when Stalin
disappointed the Globalists by turning nationalist and keeping eastern Europe in the Soviet sphere instead of making the region
part of the "Family of Nations". But in July of 1944, Stalin was very much a full and trusted partner of FDR's gang.
Even if the plotting
fools had already forgotten how Germany, in 1918, based on Woodrow Wilson's empty promises of "peace without victory",
was tricked into laying down its arms and then accepting the brutal rape of the Treaty of Versailles; a basic
reading of American newspapers and magazines would have confirmed that a negotiated surrender would never have been acceptable
to the Jewish-led Allies. Furthermore, it was made clear that Stalin was going to have his way in the east, no matter what!
Have a look:
- From 1941, 4 months before the U.S. even entered the war:
"Pact Provides Priority to Moscow's Orders"
- From 1942, Time Magazine Man of the Year story about Stalin:
also a story in high places that, in keeping with the 'tough guy' tradition, credits Stalin with one other desire: permission
from the allies to raze Berlin, as a lesson in psychology to the Germans and as a burnt offering to his own heroic
- From the front page of 1943 New York Times 1942, FDR aims for "unconditional surrender".
And there are so many other similar public admissions that it's not even necessary to
explore the private correspondence of FDR, Churchill and Stalin; such as that very telling excerpt from a 1944 letter that
Churchill wrote to the mass-murdering Bolshevik Stalin. In it, the degenerate cigar-chomping drunk reassures Stalin that
Britain will never make a separate peace with Germany:
never thought of peace, not even in that year when we were completely isolated and could
have made peace without serious detriment to the British Empire, and extensively at your cost.
Why should we think of it now, when victory approaches for the three of us?”
Walendy, Udo, The Methods of Reeducation, 3.
Churchill and FDR were very chummy with the
great mass murderer Joseph Stalin; who worried needlessly that German peace
offers might be accepted by his Western Allies.
Had Stauffenberg and friends succeeded
in killing Hitler, the result would have been an internal civil war to go along with the bloody Soviet invasion of
eastern Germany that would still have come anyway, only sooner. And just for the record, the occupying western
Allies ended up inflicting a Soviet-lite form of oppression in western
Germany, which, in many ways, continues to this very day. A successful assassination would have changed nothing!
This is exactly what Hitler foresaw;
but the plotters did not, and the court-historians will not -- even in hindsight.