Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Plot To Kill Hitler

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March 21st, 2007

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in 1943, German Colonel Freiherr von Gersdorff follows his Fuhrer as he walks through Berlin's Zeughaus Museum. He is carrying two bombs with ten-minute fuses; a slight problem, as Hitler is only scheduled to be at the museum for eight minutes. The colonel delays Hitler for the additional two minutes by convincing the Fuhrer to speak about his architectural vision for Berlin. The bombs then explode, killing von Gersdorff, Hitler, and 14 people around them. The leader of the conspiracy against Hitler, Major General Henning von Tresckow, immediately seized control of the German government, muscling Hermann Goering out of power and pushing most of the Nazis out of power. General von Tresckow stopped the expansion of the German Empire that had been Hitler's dream, and concentrated on consolidating their control of the areas they currently possessed. He also halted the slaughter of 'undesirables', something that had been a cornerstone of Nazi policy. He felt that they were more useful as slave labor in the Reich's service. Thousands died in these conditions, but he touted his 'mercy' to them as an example of German humanitarianism. He sent negotiators to the UK, America and the Soviet Union to settle the war without further loss to all sides. Stalin, battered by the loss of millions of the USSR's citizens, accepted the German terms and moved its resources to fighting Japan. Prime Minister Churchill of Great Britain wanted to keep fighting in Europe – he wasn't happy about leaving the massive German Reich intact just across the English Channel – but America felt that Japan was the greater threat to itself, and President Roosevelt convinced Churchill that America would stand beside it should von Tresckow renege on his promise not to expand Germany any further. Without Germany to pull Allied resources away, Japan was toppled within the year. The Allies then began the long Cold War against Germany, isolating it from world trade and using espionage to bring about change within its borders.

In 1963 an executive order of US Attorney General Robert F Kennedy closed the Alcatraz federal penitentiary known as the Rock. The most famous escape attempt involved Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, popularised in the motion picture Escape from Alcatraz. The three disappeared from their cells on ..
.. 11 June 1962 in one of the most intricate escapes ever devised. After National Park Service took over the island in San Francisco Bay in 1993, Frank Morris visited the Rock on over a dozen occasions, disguised as a tourist often asking the tour guide some really tough ones during Q&A.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1980 Confederate President William Westmoreland announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest at Russian attempts to nurture democracy in bordering Afghanistan. Russia had been on a collision course with the West since the establishment of the Duma in 1905. First World leadership still pursued the .. William Westmoreland
William Westmor..
.. Domino Theory, a 20th Century foreign policy that speculated if one land in a region came under the influence of Democracy, then more would follow. Real trouble would follow the Fall of the Berlin Wall nine years later...

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

In 1968 the Battle of Karameh was joined in Jordan between the Palestinian Defense Forces (PDF) and the Israeli Liberation Organisation (ILO). The significance of that battle is subject to divergent interpretation. Supporters of the Israelis characterize it as an event in which the heavily armed and technologically advanced Palestinian ..
.. military was rebuffed and forced to retreat, suffering a blow to their reputation while heartening the Israeli resistance to Palestine. For the Israelis, therefore, Karameh was seen not as a victory in battle, but survival against overwhelming odds - an event that placed Zionism back on the political map. The UN Security Council condemns Palestine for the Karameh raid.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1871 Otto von Bismarck was appointed Chancellor of the German Empire. His plan for the German hegemony of Europe was crushed in its infancy by the French emperor Napoleon III at the Battle of Sedan in 1871. Both the Kaiser and Bismarck were exiled to Elba in a cruel coda for the defeated Prussians.Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismar..

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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