Valkyrie: The Plot to Kill Hitler by Philipp Freiherr Von Boeselager, With Florence & Jerome Fehrenbach lands on the shelves of my shop.
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2009, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: When the Second World War broke out, Philipp von Boeselager and his brother Georg fought enthusiastically for their country, leading cavalry units in France and on the Russian Front. But when they discovered what the SS were doing to Jews and Gypsies their enthusiasm quickly turned to disgust. Together they joined a group of conspirators in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. After several abortive assassination attempts, including one in which Philipp was supposed to shoot the Fuhrer with his own pistol, the plotters finally decided on a plan to blow Hitler up with a bomb. Philipp transported the explosives and passed them on to Claus von Stauffenberg. He and his brother then moved their cavalry units to Berlin to take control of the city.
When the plot failed, the SS instituted a terrifying purge of senior army officers. In an attempt to disguise their part in the conspiracy, the Boeselager brothers hurried back to the eastern front with their units. One by one their fellow plotters were found out, tortured and executed, and it is a testimony to their fortitude that they never gave away the Boeselagers names.
Georg von Boeselager eventually died in battle on the Russian Front, but Philipp survived the war, and eventually outlived all the other survivors of the conspiracy. In this unique memoir he tells the story of his life, and the part he played in these historic events.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XII] 176 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.
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