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Finally, a sniper attack was considered to be the method most likely to succeed. In summer 1944, a German who had been part of Hitler's personal guard at the Berghof had been taken POW in Normandy. He revealed that at the Berghof, Hitler always took a morning walk, around the same time (after 10.00 am) and for the same duration - about 20 minutes. In addition, Hitler liked to be left alone during this walk, leaving him unprotected near some woods, where he was out of sight of sentry posts. Finally, every time Hitler was at the Berghof, a Nazi flag was put up, which was visible from a cafe in the nearby town.
The basic plan was to assassinate Hitler during his morning exercise, as he walked unprotected to the tea house in the Berghof compound. The scheme called for the British to parachute a two-man killing team into the area surrounding the compound. The two soldiers were a German-speaking Pole and a sniper. Wearing German army uniform as a disguise, the men would infiltrate the Berghof compound before moving to a spot where they were concealed, were within effective sniper rifle range, and had a good view of the path used by Hitler on his morning walk.
Security around Hitler was considered limited at the Berghof. As a result, several attempts had been made to kill him, including one that took place during the planning of this operation by the German officer Claus von Stauffenberg (see July 20 plot). However, none of these were successful. Stauffenberg's attempt only injured Hitler. It did, however, have the effect that public appearances of Hitler were greatly reduced, to just one or two every year, thus limiting the opportunities for another assassination attempt.
A sniper was recruited and briefed and the plan was submitted. The sniper practiced by firing at moving dummy targets with an accurised Kar 98K (the standard Wehrmacht rifle) under conditions which simulated the actual assassination. An inside man was also found - Heidentaler, the uncle of a captured soldier, Dieser, who was vehemently anti-Nazi, lived in Salzburg, situated 20 kilometres from the Berghof. He regularly visited a shooting range 16 km from the Berghof with like-minded shopkeepers.
There had been some resistance to the assassination plan, particularly from the deputy head of SOE's German Directorate i.e. Lt Col Ronald Thornley. However, his superior, Sir Gerald Templer, was a supporter of the plan and Winston Churchill was also in favour. The sniper and a Polish companion who spoke German were to be dropped by plane and sheltered with Heidentaler, after which they could make the approach to the killing zone disguised as German mountain troops.
The plan was submitted in November 1944, but was never put into practice because controversy remained over whether it was actually a good idea to kill Hitler. Hitler was by then considered to be such a poor strategist that it was believed whoever replaced him would probably lead a better war-effort. Additionally, Thornley argued that Germany was almost defeated and if Hitler were assassinated, he would become a martyr to some, as well as causing speculation that perhaps Germany would have won if Hitler had survived. Since the idea was not only to defeat Germany but destroy Nazism in general, this would have been an unfortunate development. However, there were strong advocates on both sides and the plan was not put into practice because no actual decision was reached. By late November Hitler left the Berghof, never to return, as he committed suicide in Berlin on 30 April 1945 a few days before the war ended.
he would become a martyr to some, as well as causing speculation that perhaps Germany would have won if Hitler had survived. Since the idea was not only to defeat Germany but destroy Nazism in general, this would have been an unfortunate development
but that's what happens when you fight Americans!
Originally posted by SwiftFootedAchilles
Well sorry dermo about the ultra-american comment. But if you live in the USA you should say they same stuff, because we are the best fighting force their is, no doubt.