Rudolph Freiherr von Gersdorff

Rudolph Freiherr von Gersdorff

Birth
Dolnośląskie, Poland
Death 26 Jan 1980 (aged 74)
Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Giesing, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Memorial ID 13754686 · View Source
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World War II German Army General. Born to an aristocratic family in Bavaria in 1905, his claim to fame was the fact that his was possibly the most simple of the many plans during World War II to assassinate Adolph Hitler. On March 21, 1943 General Von Gersdorff was to deliver a tour in an armory in Berlin to then Fuerher Adolph Hitler, who had amongst his group Waffen-SS Chief Henrich Himmler and Luftwafe Chief Field Marshall Hermann Goering. His plan was that upon entering the armory General von Gersdorff would pull the pins on 2 time delayed hand grenades that he had secreted within the pockets of his overcoat, then simply grab hold of Hitler in an embrace and allow himself and the Fuerher to be killed in the resulting blast. Unfortunately, Hitler raced through the tour and von Gersdorff was unable to position himself in order to kill Hitler. He was able to leave the group and de-activate the grenades while once again Hitler narrowly escaped with his life. Had von Gersdorff been successful in his attempt the opinion is that it could have shortened the war by up to 2 years, saving countless lives in the process. General von Gersdorff was transferred back to the Eastern Front soon after his failed attempt and managed to escape suspicion in his attempt to kill Hitler. He retired from the Wermacht following the war after attaining the rank of Lieutenant General. He passed away in Bavaria, Germany in 1980.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rudolph Freiherr von Gersdorff (27 Mar 1905–26 Jan 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13754686, citing Ostfriedhof München, Giesing, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .