July 21, 2018

JULY 21 - DAILY CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

JULY 21

1944

Hitler's radio speech after the plot:   A day after the failed assassination attempt on his life, Hitler made this broadcast speech,  "For the third time an attempt on my life has been planned and carried out.... The claim made by the usurpers that I am no longer alive is being contradicted at this very moment now that I am speaking to you. ....A very small clique of.... officers have formed a plot to eliminate me and with me, the German Wehrmacht command ....The bomb was placed by Colonel Graf von Stauffenberg.....I therefore now order that no military authority, no leader of any unit, no private in the field is to obey any orders emanating from these groups of usurpers. ....I also order that it is everyone's duty to arrest, or if they resist, to kill at sight anyone issuing or handing on such orders......".


Claus von Stauffenberg was executed:  One day after a failed assassination attempt on Hitler, code-named Operation Valkyrie, German officer, Claus von Stauffenberg was executed by firing squad.  Von Stauffenberg was one of the key members of the German Resistance movement operating within the Wehrmacht, and planned the assassination with the collaboration of Henning von Tresckow and Hans Oster.  General Friedrich Romm, C-C of the Replacement Army was also a co-conspirator, but to save his own life he accused other officers for having taken part in the plot. At 1:00 in the morning, Lieutenant Werner von Haeften, General Friedrich  Olbricht, Colonel Albrecht Mertz  and Stauffenberg were executed by firing squad in the courtyard of the Benderblock, which was lit by the headlights of a truck.



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