Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Assassinate Hitler

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Frontline Books, 2008 - History - 308 pages
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Although there were more than 40 plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler, none came closer to success than the July Plot of 1944. The attempt was masterminded by Count von Stauffenberg, a member of the German General Staff, who had been rushed back from Africa after losing his left eye and right hand. For his injuries, he had been decorated as a war hero. Never a supporter of Nazi ideology, he was increasingly attracted by the approaches of the German resistance movement. After a attempt to assassinate Hitler in November 1943 failed, Stauffenberg developed a new plot to kill him at the Wolf's Lair Headquarters on 20th July 1944. Besides the Fuhrer's assassination, Stauffenberg organized plans to take over command of the Germany forces and sue for peace with the Allies.

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Nigel Jones began his journalistic career for the Cambridge Evening News. He worked on radio and television in London and Austria and has written for the Sunday Times and the Guardian. He is currently the Deputy Editor of BBC History Magazine and leads tours of the Western Front "in the footsteps of the war poets." His works include the collaboration, Hitler Triumphant (Greenhill Books), The War Walk, a study of the Great War, Hitler's Heralds, on the roots of Nazi Germany, and a biography of the playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton, Through a Glass Darkly. He lives in Sussex with his partner and three children.

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