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Operation: Valkyrie

Research Project

Jake O'Shea

on 8 February 2011

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Operation: Valkyrie Operation Valkyrie originally was the emergency contingency plan of Nazi Germany (Silvester). General Friedrich Olbricht and Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg were changing it into an assassination plan for Hitler. This showed that even some of Hitlers officials were beggining to doubt him. After the succesful Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 and the defeat of the German army at Stalingrad, many high ranking German officers believed the destruction of Germany was now only a matter of time. To prevent this, they knew they must kill Hitler After which, they would negotiate for peace with the Allies Hitler was well aware that there had been attempts on his life. There had even been a failed bomb attempt on his plane (Valkyrie). Factors affecting the Assassination He frequently changed his plans at the last minute.
Hitler often arrived late, or not at all.
It was unknown whether he would travel by car train or plane.
Noone could get near him with a weapon (Sylvester). "Operation Valkyrie is now in effect." - Col. Claus von Stauffenberg Works Cited 1. Silvester, William. "Operation Valkyrie." German Officer's Plot to Assassinate Adolf Hitler (2008): n. pag. Web. 3 Feb 2011. <http://www.suite101.com/content/operation-valkyrie-a84014>. "Operation Valkyrie." n. pag. Web. 3 Feb 2011. <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/operation_valkyrie.htm>. 2. "Despite all these factors, a group of German officers decided to make the attempt." (Sylvester) "The plan was utterly simple. Due to his position as chief of staff and his previous injuries, Stauffenberg was above suspicion and saw Hitler regularly." (Sylvester) When Stauffenberg got to Hitlers place he would prime the bomb, go inside the building, and, due to his injuries, which included impaired hearing, be positioned close to Hitler. He would place the bomb and then be called to the phone by Lieutenant Werner von Haeften. Safely out of the room the bomb would explode, killing everyone inside. Stauffenberg would then fly back to Berlin where he would inform army headquarters that Hitler was dead. He would then take control of the army and start negotiating for armistice Unfortunately, Hitler and his crew decided to leave the meeting early. When the bomb exploded Hitler was only slightly injured (Facts). "Its failure, both in Hitler's 'Wolf's Lair' (Wolfschanze) Headquarters and then in Berlin's Bendlerblock, led to the arrest of more than 5,000 people, to the execution of about 200 people" (Facts) Bulka, Robert. "Operation Valkyrie." Valkyrie Facts (2008): n. pag. Web. 3 Feb 2011. <http://valkyriefacts.blogspot.com/2008/12/operation-valkyrie-kill-hitler.html>. 3. While the assassination attempt was failed, the fact that one of Hitler's most trusted officers would attempt something of such magnitude showed that not everyone was under Hitlers spell. Claus had Multiple injuries, including impaired hearing, which allowed him to get close to Hitler without arousing suspicion. Photo courtesy of http://germanmilitariacollectibles.com/blog/labels/Hitler.html
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