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June 6th, 1944: D-Day; Allies land at Normandy and gain a beachhead by the end of the day. The military resistance in the German Army views Hitler's lack of action with horror, and begin to speed up their plans to assassinate him and most of his inner circle.
June 30th, 1944: Allies have made little progress against German occupation forces in hedgerow country. Resistance groups, with their leaders of General Olbrect, General Truscow, Dr. Goerdler, General Beck and General von Stauffenburg decide that the time to act is now. Plans are drawn up in minute detail to kill Hitler with a pair of British bombs in one week. The plan is code-named Operation Valkyrie, an already existing plan to assemble the reserve army in the event of a civil or slave labor uprising. It is quickly modified to replace the slave laborers with the Nazi SS, in the event that they should stage a coup.
July 1st, 11:00 pm1944: Allies still stuck making advances of a few meters a day. Stauffenburg drives to Hitler's residence, the Berghof, with General Friedrich Fromm of the Reserve Army (although not a member of the resistance a proponent for reform in the army) and a contingent of Army officers loyal to the resistance as his"assistants" to ensure the safety of the Generals.
Two hours after arriving, Stauffenburg gets up to take a phone call. He calls his assistants and General Fromm out as well, before leading them all out of the house and into an awaiting car. Suddenly there is a large explosion and an entire corner of the house is blown apart. In the chaos that followed, the General and the other resistance members simply tell the SS guards that they have orders from the Führer and are let through. They drive to an airport and are flown to Berlin.
Two minutes after they leave SS guards recover the charred remains of Josef Göbbels, General Alfred Jodl and Adolf Hitler. But the body of Heinrich Himmler is not found. A few minutes later he is found twenty feet away from the house, blown out of the window. despite many broken bones, he is still alive.
July 2nd, 1944 1:00 am: After receiving a call from General von Stauffenburg, General Oblrecht assumes command of the reserve Army from the absent General Fromm and initiates Operation Valkyrie.
1:40 am: The Reserve Army is awakened from their sleep and begins moving on SS and Gestapo barracks all over Berlin. a message is sent out to all army units in Europe that the Führer was dead and that the SS was attempting to seize power. At first there was chaos in the German army, but as orders were sent out the outnumbered Waffen SS begin to surrender in droves.
2:00am: General von Stauffenburg sends confirmation that Hitler was dead after getting word from a very confused Herman Göring, who's quickly arrested as a member of the "coup". He is replaced by Rudolf Heidrich as head of the Luftwaffe.
3:00 am: The Russians launch an offensive with almost 200 divisions aimed to drive the Germans out of Russia altogether. With the Normandy landings and the coup in full effect this offensive is hoped to catch the Germans when they're most vulnerable.
3:30 am: Roundups of Nazi, SS and Gestapo officials begin all over Germany and in occupied cities in western Europe.
4:00 am: Reinhard Heydrich and a company of Waffen SS guards and Gestapo officers barricade themselves in the Bindler Block as they are now cut off from the SS Fuhrungshauptamt, their headquarters. From the Bindler Block, they begin taking command of all SS units in Berlin.
The troops of the reserve army take Amtsgruppe B of the SS.
6: 00 am: Stauffenburg leads a company of reserve army troops and begins an assault on the SS Amtsgruppe A of the SS, the nerve center of the SS throughout Europe. To hasten the assault, a dozen canisters of nerve gas is brought to clear out the buildings.
6:30 am: Stauffenburg's soldiers have taken the SS Weaponry Department and the Logistical Office without firing a shot.
Waffen SS troops inside their headquarters have surrendered after seeing Major Otto Remer's reserve guard battalion approaching and seeing that they were hopelessly outnumbered.
8:00 am: The officers of the Algemeine SS have opened fire on Remer's troops and their headquarters have been gassed.
8:15 am: The last officers of the Algemeine SS have surrendered. Reserve Army troops begin to occupy the rest of the SS buildings.
10:00 am: Stauffenburg returns to Reserve Army Headquarters and tells Generals Beck and Olbrecht in person that the SS Fuhrungshauptampt has been secured. There he learns that Reinhard Heydrich has barricaded himself and the last resisting SS troops there. He begins to organize Remer's troops to assault the Bindler Block
Reserve Army troops begin arresting Nazi and Gestapo officials in Paris.
4:00 pm: Remer's soldiers gas large parts of the Bindler Block.
4:30 pm: Remer's soldiers storm the Bindler Block, encountering only 17 SS troops still resisting.
5:00 pm: Olbrecht and Stauffenburg drive to the Bindler Block and order the execution of Reinhard Heydrich, captured just minutes before.
He and the other SS prisoners are shot within seconds of the order
7:00 pm: With Berlin secured, Wermacht troops all over Germany have a clear command and a clear order: arrest all SS, Nazi and Gestapo officials.
8:00 pm: Beck gets word that Vienna, Paris, and Nuremburg have all been secured.
SS troops have resisted much more in Prague. Fifteen civilians have been killed, as well as three Wermacht troops and seven SS officials. Over 100 are wounded.
10:00 pm: Prague is secured, and 15 SS officials are shot while resisting arrest.
11:00 pm: Operation Valkyrie appears to have succeeded in its first goals to destroy the Nazi regime with the roundup of over 3,000 SS and Nazi officials. Exactly 24 hours after beginning the coup, the resistance members begin organizing the new government.
July 3rd, 1944: Dr. Goerdler is made the new Chancellor in Germany and begins to prepare his first address to the German people, now not knowing who to trust. General Beck is made the new president, and General Rommel, a sympathizer to the plot is appointed the new supreme commander of the Wermacht.
July 4th, 1944: The Allies are still trapped at Normandy, but hundreds of thousands of soldiers arrive in France everyday now, in preparation for the breakout.
As the new Chancellor, Goerdelor addresses the people of Germany and says to them "The radicals around Heinrech Himmler grew too radical even for the Führer himself. Now we must persevere as a nation. Himmler is an enemy of us all, and he would see us destroyed not for the nation, but for the radical creed of his fanatics. As the Führer's successors, we now do not address you as what part of the party you are; whether you are a part of the army or in a factory working for the good of the nation, or a mother ensuring our future, we ask you as citizens, and individuals to consider the greater good of your country and to stand behind us to ensure Germany's future. The Führer is now dead, and that cannot be helped. But honor his memory and all the good he has done for our country. If Germany lives to the fullest of the Führer's dream, your children will say that this was your finest hour. Unite! Unite for Germany, against Himmler, against our enemies. Long live the Fatherland."
In this speech the Germans heard more appeals for endurance and felt more a sense of mourning for the Führer, even though this "eulogy" as some put it was given by a man who secretly had hated Hitler and all that he stood for. But there was no need to tell the German people that just yet.
Word of the new government has reached the ears of the Allied forces. FDR wants to make peace with a new regime, but Winston Churchill says that the demand for unconditional surrender applies not to Hitler but to the German nation. And Stalin does not even respond with anything but,"One less German to shoot." With the Normandy landings making no progress, a decision must be made soon in case of a defeat and morale disaster for the Allies.
July 5th, 1944: an official appeal for a ceasefire to discuss a new peace was sent to London, Rome, Washington, and Moscow. While no response was given, the Goerdler government is optimistic.
July 6th, 1944: The concentration camps are shut down and the inmates there are given temporary shelter by Wehrmacht troops. Films were made of the skeleton-like prisoners to be used as propaganda against the SS and Himmler, still missing. But six million prisoners have already been killed by the SS.
Soviet forces begin the main wave of their attack ahead of schedule, seeing that the Wehrmacht is in disarray.
July 7th, 1944: Himmler and a group of SS officers attack and occupy a radio station and begin broadcasting to the Germans that the Goerdelor government was the cause of the coup, that they were defeatists and that they had killed Hitler. He challenges all loyal National Socialists to take up arms against the new government to restore Hitler's party to power.
Stauffenburg responds suddenly on the radio and tells the German people in his first public address that Himmler said nothing of the greater good of Germany, and that all true patriots should place loyalty to their country above allegiance to the remains of the Nazi Party.
The average German begins to remember the times of the anarchy before Hitler's rise to power and doesn't know who to trust.
July 8th, 1944: Stauffenburg is demoted for his actions the previous day. He was never supposed to address the German people and is accused of causing panic and despair among the citizens of the Reich, most of whom had never heard his name until he suddenly appeared on the radio.
July 9th, 1944: Stauffenburgs impromptu speech has proved incredibly successful against Himmler's. The German people begin rounding up and reporting SS sympathizers. The Goerdeler Government's popularity rises by 15%.
July 10th, 1944: SS supporters in Nuremburg stage a revolt and begin summary executions of all Wermacht officers. The Wehrmacht calls up several battalions of newly recruited Volkstrumm, or militia, to counter the uprising, only to find that many of the militia are loyal to the SS. Chaos erupts in Nuremburg and dozens are killed and wounded every hour.
Due to the chaos in the German Army, the Red Army is able to break into White Russia, and has begun to bomb communications around Minsk, occupied by the Germans. With masses of T-34s beginning to move around the city, it becomes apparent to Generals Guderian and Rommel that an encirclement is imminent.
July 12th, 1944: The revolt in Nuremburg is still taking place; some 400 soldiers and civilians have died.
Heinrich Himmler is seen in Holland, where the civil administration of the Nazis has been controlled by the SS since the beginning of the coup.
July 14th, 1944: The SS make a large attack on the Wehrmacht troops in Poland, where the SS has had control for years. The SS have begun using flags with SS lighting bolts on them instead of the traditional swastika. This is seen as a sign of separation of the SS from the rest of Germany, and is to be used for propaganda against the SS. However, with no propaganda ministry and no minister of propaganda either, the Goerdler Government's first newsreel to the public left much to be desired. Candidates for the position are becoming a growing priority.
No response has been given from the Allies.
Rommel has begun to move the V-2 rockets and flying bombs into position around the Normandy beachhead; They must be moved at night in French carts given the nature of the Allied air superiority. They will be targeted at the Mulbury harbors, major roads, bridges and Allied troop concentrations.
Given the nature of the situation on all fronts, General VonStauffenburg recommends the production and use of nerve gas. A secret memorandum is sent to General Rommel, who hasn't read it yet.
July 15th, 1944: The revolt in Nuremburg has been crushed with the use of reserve Wehrmacht troops. A total of 600 people have died.
In Warsaw, the Polish resistance has begun to prepare for an uprising to coincide with a major defeat of the Germans, still awaited. Meanwhile, the Wehrmacht and the SS continue to fight, with the SS, drained of manpower, beginning to get the worst of the fight, losing one hundred men in Krakow alone.
The "V" weapons are reported ready and prepared to fire.
An anti-German coup in Denmark has begun. In Copenhagen, where now only a battalion of German troops is stationed, one squadron of Luftwaffe planes is sent in with the first German incendiary bombs used on mainland Europe, setting fire to several blocks, killing over a thousand civilians.
The Tirpitz, sister ship to the infamous Bismark battleship, sets sail under the command of Admiral Karl Dönitz, from Norway to disrupt the supply lines in the English Channel. Even while only hit-and-run tactics are to be used, the use of the ship is to divert Allied attention more than it is to seriously stop supplies to France.
Four panzer divisions are ready for a counterattack in Normandy. The 6th SS Panzer division, presently in Belgium after being moved after the coup, has sworn allegiance to the Goerdler government after seeing how badly needed tanks were in Normandy. Rommel doesn't completely trust the new allegiance and puts them in reserve. The 15th Army is ready to cross the Dieres and attack the British beachhead in the east.
Now obvious that no invasion of Norway will be attempted as the Allies had lead Hitler to believe, reserve troops from Norway are moved from the occupied country bound for the eastern front.
Goerdler considers a ceasefire with the SS, so as to focus all available resources on staging off total defeat.
July 16th, 1944: Only ten days after the coup, Rommel begins the counterattack in Normandy. It begins at one minute past midnight, with the bombing of bridges and harbors with rockets. While only 20% of the missiles aimed at harbors reach their targets, the effects are devastating. Flying bombs destroy six bridges all over Normandy, blocking almost all movement of tanks and trucks.
Over 1,200 soldiers total died in the opening volley.
With Allied Armor paralyzed, 400 German tanks begin to attack towards Corenton, hoping to cut off the Allied forces in the Cherbourg peninsula in the first day. With a consolidated Luftwaffe force of some 200 planes, they make 30 miles in one day, sighting the channel by dusk.
The 15th Army crosses the Seine and engages the BEF, who hold strong at first but retreat five miles by the end of the day, only to find that the bridges over the Orae river had been destroyed. the RAF manages to bomb the 15th Army enough to halt them. But elements of the British 2nd Army are now cut off from their supplies. The German 352nd infantry division has pushed west along the coast, recapturing Sword beach; the 91st has attacked North, driving the British against the 352nd, with no bridges to evacuate over.
By dark, the Allies have been cut almost in three.
In the east, Soviet tanks have almost completely cut off Minsk and the 100,000 German troops there have begun to quickly withdraw to avoid being cut off.
Soviet forces are advancing on Kiev.
July 17th, 1944: Panzers captured by the Wehrmacht from the 10th SS Panzer Division take Corenton, but Allied forces soon move into the city and a "New Stalingrad" as some say begins. The buildings in the town are quickly reduced to rubble with German rockets and Allied air forces attempting to knock their opponents out of the town. but as long as the Germans can hold, the Allied forces in Cherbourg have been cut off.
The Luftwaffe gains control of the air over Sword Beach and the almost four divisions of the British 2nd Army suffer all day from constant bombings and strafings. General Sir Miles Dempsey asks permission to attempt to withdraw and leave all heavy equipment in order to save the lives of the remaining soldiers.
Chancellor Goerdlor appoints General von Stauffenburg as the nation's new Propaganda Minister after seeing how his speech had convinced almost ten million Germans to side with them. The General is surprised, but accepts.
Goerdlor authorizes the use of gas on the eastern front and only the eastern front. He knows that the Soviets will not make peace now and that something must be done to slow their advance. But the Anglo-Americans must be made to see Germany is willing to negotiate and not at all desperate.
Seeing this new counter-offensive taking place in Normandy, General Dwight D. Eisenhower decides to send General Patton and the 3rd Army to Normandy ahead of time. Shipments of ships and supplies is increased by 50% to Normandy from Britain.
American forces have decided not to make a serious attempt to break the Gothic Line in Italy until after the situation at Normandy has been resolved. The American 6th Army is prepared to move from Italy to the newly liberated Corsica to spearhead the invasion of southern France, scheduled to commence in mid August.
The Tirpitz is sighted by Allied planes in the North Sea, and Allied Air and Naval forces begin formatting plans to stop it there.
The Red Army has enveloped Minsk.