File Title War: General; Assassination Priorities for OVERLORD
Reference FO 1093/292
Date 15 April 1944 - 21 June 1944
Government Department Foreign Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013


A file of correspondence and memoranda discussing a proposed plan to assassinate key German personnel ahead of the invasion of Normandy, and a proposed assassination attempt directed at Adolf Hitler. The documents include a letter asking permission to undertake the assassination of Hitler, and a series of memoranda discussing the usefulness of his death; a report that Hitler was living in disguise in Perpignan and recommending that he be bombed; and a series of letters discussing the assassination of vital German personnel including Field Marshals Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt, as well as logistics experts considered vital to the movements of German troops in France. The file also includes a number of objections to the assassination proposals, on the grounds of the danger of reprisals against French civilians, and the possibility that the Germans would attempt similar assassinations in Britain.

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