In 1944, on this day the Führer Adolf Hitler (pictured) was assassinated by General Helmuth Stieff at a display of new uniforms in Klessheim castle near Salzburg.
A wildy different outcome than To the Lair of The Fascist Beast
Dystopian Valkyrie has catastrophic consequence for post-war orderHis conspiratorial group of officers had determined that the preservation of a self-governing German state demanded immediate action. Unfortunately, their bungled plan was based on a number of misjudgements and false assumptions.
With the D-Day landings a month old, the Western Allies were bogged down in hedgrow fighting. And even though they had put a million men ashore in France, by no means could they be trusted to reach Berlin ahead of the Russians. Because two weeks after D-Day, the Red Army launched Bagration, an Operation that was striking deep into German occupied territory.
Probably the Western Allies would have refused to negotiate a separate, conditional surrender with a Nazi successor state. However this scenario never crystalized, because Goëring, Himmler and the Nazi High Command quickly surpressed the plot, shooting all of the principle conspirators after a show trial at Nuremberg.
Of course the main reason why the Western Allies had not assassinated Hitler themselves was that such an action could be reasonably expected to have unpredictable, negative consequences. The validity of this counter-productive argument was now proven by the actions of the Nazi High Command. Fundamentally, Himmler, Goëring, et al. shared the view of the conspirators that the war was lost. But they sought neither a final surrender nor a negotiated settlement, being more concerned with holding on to their stolen wealth than preserving the honour of sacred Germany. Instead they accelerated their plans to transfer resources offshore, creating an overseas Nazi network that could flourish in whatever soil the post-war landscape might bring. And to buy time, they avoided costly counter offensives but instead strategically placed stay-behind organizations that slowed down the Allied advance.