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On This Day… An Assassination Attempt On Hitler!

Written by: George Chittenden : 10 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 8th Nov, back in 1939 when Adolf Hitler came close to being assassinated, an act which would have changed the course of history. The Nazi leader was attending an annual meeting in Munich to celebrate the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch, back in 1923. Hitler would usually speak at length at such events, but Fog had closed Munich airport, where he’d planned on flying from, so he was forced to begin his speech earlier than expected to return to Berlin by train.

It was only a matter of minutes in travel arrangements that ended up saving his life and undoubtedly changing the course of world history. If Hitler hadn’t started his speech thirty minutes earlier than planned, he would not have left the cellar at 9.07pm and would have been killed by the explosion at 9.20pm. The man who planted the bomb, Georg Elser, was a carpenter by trade and a communist sympathiser.

His bomb was effective, killing eight and wounding sixty people. Even after he had been brutally tortured the Nazi’s found it difficult to believe that he was acting alone. He was kept prisoner throughout the war and was finally murdered in Dachau concentration camp on 9th April 1945.

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