Friday, April 11, 2008

Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg

I saw saw a post at Pundit Nation regarding the failing career of Tom Cruise and his most recent endeavor playing the role of Colonel Claus Phillipp Maria Schenck Graf von Stauffenberg, one of the leaders of the failed July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler.

While I can appreciate Michael's thoughts that Cruise dressing up in Nazi regalia might have a detrimental effect on his career, I would like to see this movie, if it ever makes it to the silver screen.

It was Stauffenberg who accepted the task to deliver the bomb to Hitler's headquarters deep in East Prussia, leave it and make his escape by plane and assist in Operation Valkyrie, which involved the subsequent take over of the German government and sueing for peace with the Western Allies.

It has been determined that the explosion did not kill Hitler because the meeting Stauffenberg was attending was moved from Hitler's underground bunker to a briefing hut, one that contained windows. If the bomb had detonated underground, it is likely Hitler would have perished because the blast would have been contained. As it was, the blast was directed out the windows. Additionally, the bomb was placed on the opposite side of a large and thick table leg, thereby shielding Hitler further from the blast.

Read more here at Wikipedia. I also recommend William Shirer's “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” and John Toland's biography of Adolf Hitler.


David Casper said...

Cruise dressing up in Nazi regalia might have a detrimental effect on his career this point I thought his career could only go up!

Billiam said...

It's a movie I'd like to see as well. Shirer's book is excellent, although, it's size will deter many from diving in.