Valkyrie: The Plot To Kill Hitler

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Orion, Apr 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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The last member of Operation Valkyrie - the daring July 20 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler - tells his remarkable story.

'It was not the question of an isolated assassination, but rather of beginning a complete overthrow of the regime'

July 20 1944. A fearless group of German officers attempted to act against the horrors of Nazism and put an end to the war by killing Adolf Hitler. But Operation Valkyrie failed, and one by one the plotters were found out, tortured and executed. Philipp von Boeselager - who supplied the explosives that would rip through the Fhrer's bunker - miraculously escaped death.

In this unique memoir Philipp tells his extraordinary life story and the part he played in this, and three other dramatic attempts on Hitler's life. He recounts how a small band of resisters dared to stop evil and prevent profound loss of lives. Ultimately they failed but the legacy of their courage endures.

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It's an interesting story, but it wasn't told in a super interesting way. Maybe the movie's better on that front? Read full review

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I haven't seen the movie and didn't really know much about this before I started reading. The book is very interesting. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Philipp Frieherr von Boeselager was born in the Rhineland in 1917. After leaving school he joined the German cavalry, and after war broke out in 1939 he enthusiastically took part in the invasion of France. As the war went on he became increasingly disgusted with the Nazis, and in 1943-4 he took part in various plots to kill Hitler, including the famous Stauffenberg plot, 'Operation Valkyrie'. After the war he became a forestry expert. He has since been honored by both France and Germany for his part in the plot.

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