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Kill the Fuhrer: Section X and Operation Foxley

Kill the Fuhrer: Section X and Operation Foxley [Kindle Edition]

Denis Rigden
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During the Second World War, Britain's top secret Special Operations Executive plotted to assassinate Hitler. A small department of SOE known as Section X had the tantalisingly complext task of investigating how, when and where their plan could be executed. The section also plotted the killing of Goebbels, Himmler and other selected members of Hitler's inner circle. Only Section X and a handful of other SOE staff had any knowledge of these projects, codenamed Operatino Foxley and Operation Little Foxleys. As history has shown, these schemes turned out to be pipe dreams. Even so, Section X, renamed the German Directorate in 1944, made a huge contribution to the Allied war effort through their organised sabotage and clandestine distribution of black propaganda. Denis Rigden describes Section X's efforts to discover as much as possible about the intended assassination targets, and questions whether a successful Operation Foxley would have helped or hindered the Allied cause. Based on top secret documents and private sources and illustrated with archive photographs, 'Kill the Fuhrer' is an intriguing insight into the shadowy world of Britain's wartime secret services.

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Denis Rigden was engaged in information and historical research for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for thirty years, having previously been a journalist in Britain and Kenya. He has studied and written about the SOE for several years. He lives in Croydon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount (8 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZNEDU4
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Plan for the Assassination of Hitler 3 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Operation Foxley the SOE plan to kill Hitler and other high ranking Nazi's was well documented and reasearched by the author of this fine book. With the use of details and maps from the secret papers released to the PRO office. The assassination plans were well thought out and detailed the amount of information that was collected during wartime was great. Plans for the Berghof Hitlers home and the whole Berchtesgarden area where all the ranking nazi's had homes, details of his personal armoured train and the station where it was kept. They looked in detail at different ways of killing him and also Little Foxley's to kill Himmler, Bormann and Goring massing lots of information on their movements and lifestyles, even down to Hitler's visits to a tea house. A very good interesting book ideal for anyones bookcase
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just A Pipedream 29 Oct 2012
By Wingate
The idea to kill Hitler was considered by the German Department but never became a fully formulated plan.One of the main problems was that there wasnt any proper organised resistance in the way that there was in other occupied countries. the opposition to the Nazi regime was either locked up or murdered.So the assasination was never going to be in place by the German Department..Bearing in mind that the secret papers dont actually amount to much the author has had to cover other subjects to ensure that he has a book of reasonable length.These include details of other potential targets,ways of killing hitler,black propaganda and ungentlmanly warfare.appendix A is rather sobering.It contains details of people who opposed hitler.only a couple survived the war.I think that the Secret Services saw the retribution handed out to the Czechs when heydrich was assasinated and decided that the price was too high to pay.although on the other hand by not taking steps even after the July bomb plot they cosigned hundreds of thousands to their deaths in the battle of Berlin.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Ops Information on Hitler 1 May 2013
By David Adams - Published on
I have read a good number of books on Hitler, but this book provided me some inside information about various places Hitler lived his life. When you plan to kill someone, it is important to know his movements and the details of his surroundings.
1. Good information on Hitler's train, the Fuhrerzug, how it was made-up, who traveled with him, security measures while on the road, routs and travel time . . . many things I had not read about before.
2. Information on the Berghof, along with diagrams, pictures and maps, quite detailed really.
3. Good information on the Tea-House, Hitler's walk, and the security around this location.
4. A little on The Wolf's Lair.

All places that were considered to be possible killing points.

Operation Foxley itself seems rather "pie in the sky" today, but there were people working on assassination plots and gathering detailed information that makes for some fascinating reading.
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