Heroes or Traitors: The German Replacement Army, the July Plot, and Adolf Hitler

Heroes or Traitors: The German Replacement Army, the July Plot, and Adolf Hitler

Heroes or Traitors: The German Replacement Army, the July Plot, and Adolf Hitler

Heroes or Traitors: The German Replacement Army, the July Plot, and Adolf Hitler

Synopsis

When a German victory became impossible, the July 1944 conspirators plotted to bring a quick end to the war, hoping to negotiate a peace with the Western allies and possibly to join them in a war against Russia. Because the Allies would not negotiate with Hitler, the plotters planned to assassinate him and seize control of the government, using the Replacement Army to overcome the S.S. and the Nazi Party. Dunn examines the 1944 July Plot from a manpower and logistics perspective to demonstrate that the conspirators did, in fact, achieve their goal of hastening the war's end.

Excerpt

Twenty years after the publication of my book on the second front, many historians still believe the cover story promulgated during the Second World War that the American army was unprepared to fight after three years of preparation that had begun in June 1940. Implicit in this interpretation is the notion that Gen. George C. Marshall was foolhardy in his insistence that the American divisions were ready. Also implied is that Americans were rather deficient as soldiers if they could not be trained sooner. Neither was the case.

The Second World War was a political matter conducted by three very astute politicians on the Allied side and an equally astute Adolf Hitler controlling Germany. the outcome of major events was more often determined by the political ramifications than by military strength. Resources were squandered on pointless campaigns such as Italy and Burma, which had no strategic objective but did have post-war political significance. While these sideshows were staged, campaigns of immense strategic importance were delayed or canceled for lack of resources.

The primary objective of the German generals who conspired to remove Hitler, take over Germany, and negotiate an early end to the

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