Clause von Stauffenberg

Events

1926 - The young von Stauffenberg, who had earned a place on the German Olympic team for his equestrian skills, joins the Calvary.

1926

1933 - Hitler begins his rise to power. Having misgivings about the regime, Von Stauffenberg does not join the Nazi party.

1933

11/09/1938 - Kristallnacht: in a single night the Nazis ransacked thousands of Jewish businesses and homes. He considered Kristallnacht to be a stain upon Germany.

11/09/1938

1943 - Von Stauffenberg is transferred to Tunisia to fight in General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps.

04/1943

04/07/1943 - He is severely wounded in this battle and ultimately he loses his left eye, right hand, and fourth and fifth fingers on his left hand.

04/07/1943

During his recovery time in Munich, von Stauffenberg resolves to thoroughly devote himself to the task of destroying Hitler and his henchmen.

Approx. 05/1943

09/1943 - Promoted to chief-of-staff to General Friedrich Olbricht, a fellow conspirator, stationed in the General Army Office in the Bendlerblock military building in Berlin.

09/1943

07/1944 - Von Stauffenberg is promoted to full colonel and appointed chief-of-staff to the Reserve Army commanding general, Friedrich Fromm.

07/1944

07/11/1944 - First opportunity to execute Valkyrie in Berchtesgaden. The mission is aborted as they believe it necessary to also assassinate high Nazi Party officials, Himmler and Goering.

07/11/1944

07/15/1944 - A second opportunity to assassinate Hitler. in Wolfsschanze, or Wolf's Lair. The mission is once again aborted due to the absence of Goering and Himmler.

07/15/1944

12:42 - Von Stauffenberg, now about 100 yards from the hut, hears the bomb go off.

07/20/1944

23:00 - General Fromm has regained control, and, perhaps in an effort to conceal his involvement, takes immediate action against the conspirators.

07/20/1944

07/20/1944 - The conspirators agree this is the day of the assassination, regardless of the presence of Himmler or Goering.

07/20/1944

12:44 - Certain that the assassination was a success, von Stauffenberg talks his way past the checkpoints and boards a plane to return to Berlin.

07/20/1944

19:00 - Hitler has recovered enough to contact Goebbels, who is in danger of arrest.

07/20/1944

15:00 - Von Stauffenberg's plane lands in Rangsdorf near Berlin and hears the news that Hitler survived the bombing.

07/20/1944

22:00 - Fighting erupts in the Bendlerblock between officers supporting the rebellion and those opposing it. Von Stauffenberg is wounded in the shoulder during a brief gun battle.

07/20/1944

16:00 - Arrives at the Bendlerblock and finds that the conspiracy is finally being put into effect. The resistance starts to take control of some areas.

07/20/1944

07/21/1944 01:00 - Von Stauffenberg, Olbricht, von Haeften, and an officer named Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim executed by firing squad.

07/21/1944