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Hitler's Last Plot: The 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II
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Ian Sayer Jeremy Dronfield
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Hitler's Last Plot: The 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II

Ian Sayer Jeremy Dronfield


9780306921551

Little Brown


History;
Second World War


Hardback

352 pages

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In April 1945, as Germany faced defeat, Hitler planned to round up the Third Reich's most valuable prisoners and send them to his Alpine Fortress, where he and the SS would keep the hostages as they made a last stand against the Allies. The prisoners included European presidents, prime ministers, generals, British secret agents, and German anti-Nazi clerics, celebrities, and officers who had aided the July 1944 bomb plot against Hitler--and the prisoners' families. Orders were given to the SS: if the German military situation deteriorated, the prisoners were to be executed--all 139 of them.

So began a tense, deadly drama. As some prisoners plotted escape, others prepared for the inevitable, and their SS guards grew increasingly volatile, drunk, and trigger-happy as defeat loomed. As a dramatic confrontation between the SS and the Wehrmacht threatened the hostages caught in the middle, the US Army launched a frantic rescue bid to save the hostages before the axe fell.

Drawing on previously unpublished and overlooked sources, HITLER'S LAST PLOT is the first full account of this astounding and shocking story, from the original round-up order to the prisoners' terrifying ordeal and ultimate rescue. Told in a thrilling, page-turning narrative, this is one of World War II's most fascinating episodes.

By:   Ian Sayer, Jeremy Dronfield
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9780306921551
ISBN 10:   0306921553
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jeremy Dronfield is a biographer, historian, novelist, and ghostwriter, well-known for writing fast-paced, thrilling narratives. His most recent book, Beyond the Call, was a bestseller. Ian Sayer is a military historian-detective whose investigation into The World's Greatest Robbery led to the 1984 publication of his international bestseller Nazi Gold. An acknowledged expert on the Third Reich, he has made regular appearances on television and radio.


This gripping account of one of the important but lesser-known aspects of the last days of the Second World War is packed with brand new information. Ian Sayer is a fine World War Two historian and the owner of the greatest private archive on the subject in Britain and has a long and enviable track record of discovering great historical scoops. Written with pace and verve, yet always true to the facts, this extraordinary story would make an amazing feature film. --Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny

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