Hitler’s Personal Protection Strategies
Adolf Hitler led with violence, aggression, manipulation, and military strategy, and because of that he became a target of assassination. This developed into an acute paranoia, which led Hitler to implement some of the most brilliant security strategies seen to date.
Before an understanding of the reasoning behind the assassination attempts can be deduced, an accurate depiction of Hitler’s early rise to power is necessary. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on 20 April, 1889. Being the son of a poor young cottager, Hitler was never satisfied with his stature in life. He fled to Germany to avoid being arrested for dodging military service in ...view middle of the document...
This group was an agitated opposition to Hitler. There were roughly 300 men in this group, and Hitler came escorted with 50 Nazi SA troops. A couple of agitators could not contain their anger, and a brawl ensued. Even though they were outnumbered, the SA used a strict, no-nonsense approach to the situation. The confiscated a majority of all of the weapons, which included brass knuckles, broken beer steins, brass pipe ends , knives, guns, and anything else that could be wielded as a weapon.
This first instance was subliminally important because it was the first domino that fell, and it started creating the “untouchable” persona Hitler would grow to immolate. Though this was the first assassination attempt, it isn’t the most famous. By far, the attempt on Hitler’s life on 20 July, 1944 holds the spotlight. This came to be known as “Operation Valkyrie,” named after the mythological creature that determined who would live, die, or be brought to Valhalla. This operation was, in short, a plot to blow up Adolf Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime. When visited more in depth, this is one attempt that made it past most of Hitler’s paranoid security parameters.
Operation Valkyrie was led by Claus von Stauffenberg. He was one of the key individuals secretly plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Valkyrie, didn’t just fail with the explosion in July, but there are many instances leading up to that where the circumstances just didn’t pan out.
The group leading the attack could never capitalize on instances of when they were together. There were many plans to execute Hitler leading up to the 20th of July. Unfortunately, due to circumstance like in December, 1943, when Captain von dem Bussche, a member of the assassination group, planned to kill Hitler with a suicide bomb. The plan was to have a grenade on his person, and walk up and hold Adolf Hitler as it exploded. This plan ultimately failed due to Bussche being injured on the front lines in Russia. Later, Captain von Breitenbuch wanted to use a small pistol to assassinate the Fuhrer. When he approached the conference room, the Schutzstaffel (SS) did not allow him to enter, so that plan had to be abandoned as well.
Before Stauffenberg went through the bombing on July 20, he had plans on two occasions earlier that month. 6 July, Stauffenberg had all of the explosives with him, but the one he had hoped would carry out the attack at the uniform display, Major-General Stieff, declined. Next, on 11 July, Stauffenberg was ready to carry out the operation with his briefcase full of explosives. The group trying to assassinate Hitler, also believed they needed to get an opportunity in which he, Hermann Goring, and Heinrich Himmler were all in the same location. Since they weren’t all together on the 11th of July, Stauffenberg decided against the attack.
All of these events led up to the most famous, and glamourized, assassination attempt: Operation Valkyrie. This events leading...