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Stauffenberg Leads Hitler Assassination Attempt

On July 20, 1944, Lieutenant Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg successfully detonated a bomb in a meeting between Hitler and other top Nazi leaders. The plot, featured in the Tom Cruise film Valkyrie, was the culmination of efforts by officers who felt Germany was being led to disaster and that Hitler had to be removed from power. Send to a Friend |

Hitler's Bloody Overnight Power Grab

On the Night of the Long Knives, June 30, 1934, SS and Gestapo men arrested Hitler's opponents throughout Nazi Germany. In the morning, Hitler gave the order to execute the arrested men and effectively removed all opposition to his taking complete power. Send to a Friend |

Alllied Airlift Saves Starved West Berlin

In late June 1948, the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force began supplying necessary supplies like food, coal, household goods and more to the people of West Berlin. The former German capital lay wholly in Soviet-controlled East Germany, and the Soviets had cut off land and water connections between Berlin and U.S.-controlled zones. The USAF and RAF combined to deliver 2,326,406 tons of goods on 278,228 flights. Send to a Friend |

Hitler's Triumphant Tour of Paris

Following the French surrender in 1940 and the cessation of hostilities, Hitler toured Paris with architect Albert Speer. During the tour on June 23, Hitler decided that Paris, though beautiful, didn't need to be destroyed because Berlin would be made far more grand, and he assigned that task to Speer. Send to a Friend |

Germany Invades Soviet Union

On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the largest military offensive in history, mobilizing over 4.5 million troops, 600,000 motor vehicles, and 750,000 horses along a 1,800-mile front. Initial overwhelming victories led the Germans to believe that the war on the eastern front was as good as won, as the Soviet armies were woefully under-equipped. Send to a Friend |

Video Archives - July 2014