A bomb planted inside Wolf’s Lair field headquarters exploded killing 4 others, but leaving Hitler alive. A brief case containing a bomb planted by Claus von Stauffenberg a German army officer under a conference room table. The brief case was moved out of the way by a German General, to get a better look at the maps on the table, moving the brief case out of the way spared Hitler.
Stauffenberg and others planned the attempt in an effort to take over political control of Germany and make peace with the Allied Forces. The event was known as operation Valkyrie.
Many of Hitler’s high ranking officers wanted to show the world that Germans were not at all like Hitler and the Nazi Party.
This failed attempt led to the arrest of 7,000 and according to the records 4,980 were executed or committed suicide. Stauffenberg was shot to death the next day.
It is well known that plans to over throw the Nazi Party and assassinate Hitler go back to 1938. These plans never materialized due to indecisions of two German army Generals and the hesitation of Western powers to oppose Hitler until 1939.
Later attempts in March of 1943 also failed when a bomb on Hitler’s plan failed to detonate. Many other attempts were made but of course all failed.
June 6, 1944 everybody knows this day in history as D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allied Forces, the push to liberate northwestern Europe from Nazi control, this push into Europe was well under way by July 20, 1944.
If the early attempts in 1938 would have been successful, would D-Day have ever happened? My dad was 10 miles off of Omaha beech that day, awaiting their orders to land the troops.
So what would have happened if the attempt on July 20, 1944 would have been successful? Or what about the earlier plans starting in 1938, would one of Hitler’s top generals taken over and squashed this resistance?
I’m a believer in everything happens for a reason, but it sure does make me think of the thousands of lives and generations of families that would have been saved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO