Countdown to Valkyrie: The July Plot to Assassinate Hitler


A comprehensive account of the July Plot to assassinate Hitler and earlier attempts on the Fuhrer's life, Countdown to Valkyrie is guaranteed to hold the breathless attention of any reader.
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A comprehensive account of the July Plot to assassinate Hitler and earlier attempts on the Fuhrer's life, Countdown to Valkyrie is guaranteed to hold the breathless attention of any reader.
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Publishers Weekly

Jones enhances his developing reputation as a writer on the Third Reich with this compelling, fast-paced account of the July 20 conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler (its code name publicized by the release of Tom Cruise's latest movie). While up-to-date on the latest scholarship, the book succeeds admirably in presenting for a general audience not only the doomed course of Operation Valkyrie but its background: the failures of other assassination plots, the difficulties of organizing resistance in a totalitarian state, the desperate courage of the men and women who risked their lives. From the charismatic Count Claus von Stauffenberg down, the conspirators belonged to the German establishment. Their plan was for a coup to supplant Nazism with a civil-military government under the rule of law and end a war that was destroying Germany physically and morally. Jones traces the plot's unfolding and unraveling, first day by day, then hour by hour. Hitler's survival condemned the conspirators to an obscene vengeance. Their heroic sacrifice, says Jones, "snatched the soul of their tortured country from the pit-and saved it." Photos, map. (Feb.)

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The New Statesman
a gripping account of one of the most extraordinary events in the history of Nazi Germany.
WWII History
the fullest, most detailed account yet of this key episode in the history of WWII.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848325081
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 988,585
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Prologue: High Summer in the Wolf's Lair 1

1 A Good German: The Early Life of Count Claus von Stauffenberg 11

2 Seizing the State: The Irresistible Rise of Hitler's Nazis 24

3 Rule of the Outlaws 32

4 Hitler's March to War 42

5 Hitler's War 82

6 Lone Wolf: Georg Elser and the Bomb in the Beerhall 94

7 The Devil's Luck: Henning von Tresckow and the Army's Plots against Hitler 112

8 Enter Stauffenberg: The Head, Heart and Hand of the Conspiracy 145

9 Valkyrie: 20 July 1944 172

10 Retribution: Hitler's Revenge 236

Afterword with Count Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg 273

Dramatis Personae 281

Guide to Sites 292

Acknowledgements and Sources 295

Picture credits 302

Index 303

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