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Friedrich OlbrichtDescription On the night of July 20, 1944, Adolf Hitler gave a radio speech to the German nation to reassure them that he had survived an assassination attempt.  He described the men who had tried to kill him as “a tiny clique of ambitious, unscrupulous and criminally stupid officers.”  The only conspirator he named was Graf Stauffenberg.  Rarely has Hitler been so successful in shaping opinion even to our day.  

The Western Allies picked up Hitler’s theme at once: only a tiny clique of officers had been involved.  A “tiny clique” meant that not enough people had been involved to cancel the call for Unconditional Surrender or to upset the policy of collective guilt.  Furthermore, the civilian component in the conspiracy was completely ignored.  The West insisted on seeing the coup attempt of July 20, 1944 as a “Generals’ Plot.”  

Because the attempt failed, it was equally easy to accept Hitler’s characterization of the conspirators as incompetent.  In retrospect they had done everything wrong.  The bomb had failed to kill the victim.  The conspirators failed to cut off communications to and from Hitler’s HQ.  The orders went out too late.  The conspirators didn’t even have control of their own troops, who soon turned against them.  Was any more evidence needed that these men were “criminally stupid?”  

And just as Hitler named only one person, the predominant image presented in the literature to this day is of a single heroic figure – Stauffenberg – struggling alone to achieve the goal of eliminating Hitler.  

But the world rarely corresponded to Hitler’s – or Hollywood’s – vision of it.  If one is prepared to suspend one’s prejudice and follow the journey of an individual man through the forge of history, one can come closer to the truth.

This is Friedrich Olbricht’s story, the first biography of the originator of Plan Valkyrie in the English language.

Be sure to visit Helena's site:

 The Valkyrie Conspiracy

for well researched information and articles on General Olbrict
and many other aspects and individuals involved in the military German Resistance
to the Nazi regime, including various assasination attempts.


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NOTE: In building this site, I thought about many things - such as what spelling standard I should use in referring to World War II, and what keyword spelling people might use in a search engine to find this page.  I found it interesting to note the following numbers of page listings for the various ways one might type World War II into a search engine. 

bullet  6,050,000 for world war two
bullet  5,860,000 for world war 2
bullet  134,000,000 for world war II (using the capital i for the 2)
bullet  83,900 for world war ll (using the lower case L for the 2)
bullet  26,200,000 for second world war
bullet  310,000 for 2nd world war

bullet  21,600 for ww two
bullet  804,000 for ww 2
bullet  7,130,000 for ww ii (using the i for the 2)
bullet  46,300 for ww ll (using the lower case L for the 2)

bullet  21,600 for w.w. two
bullet  804,000 for W.W.2
bullet  7,130,000 for w.w.II (using the capital i for the 2)
bullet  46,300 for w.w.ll (using the lower case l for the 2)

Note that capitalization, punctuation and spacing changes introduced no differences.  So if you are looking for information on a particular subject, remember to use all variations of the wrods related to the subject.  The pages a search engine will give you to look at will vary with each method. Also in general, I have referred to World War II on these pages using WWII (using the capital i for the 2).


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