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Who was the Guy Fawkes in the Munich cellar ?

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Who was the Guy Fawkes in the Munich cellar ?

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Who was the Guy Fawkes in the Munich cellar ?.
Several attempts are believed to have been made on Adolf Hitler's life, but non more publicised and mysterious vandal bomb explosion in the famous beer cller at Munich on 8 November 1939.

A man must have luck, Adolf Hitler is reported to have said when he was told of the bomb explosion in the hall at Munich. Luckily, indeed, was the Führer, for his escape was entirely due to the fact that he left the hall a little earlier than he had expected. As it was only 15 minutes after Adolf Hitler and many of his most prominent supporters had gone to the station an infernal machine exploded in the ceiling, and in the resulting crash the platform on which the Führer had just been standing was buried beneath 10 feet of debris. Nine people were killed, including two long-standing members of the S. S., and more than 60 injured.
The meeting was held in the famous beer hall in Munich the Bürgerbräukeller from which Adolf Hitler marched on the occasion of his Putsch in 1923, and all of thousand persons present were carefully hand-picked members of the Nazi old guard each one of them must have, carried a party membership card with a number below 10,000 assembled on the occasion of their annual reunion to celebrate the march that initiated their movement.
Following the explosion there was a scene of great confusion. The black guards flung a cordon round the place, and in order to facilitate the work of the rescue the lights were turned on in the immediate neighbourhood. This sudden raising of the blackout gave rise to the spread of rumours that the war had ended, and that the beer halls and in the streets excited crowds started noisy, peace celebrations until they were silenced by police and black guards.

Jews and the British again !
For several hours no official comment on the outrage was available. Then every German commentor brazenly declared that the attempt on the Führer's life was the work of British secret service agents, and in a short time, too the Jews were being bracketed in the accusation. Outside official circles, however, there were doubts. How was it that a bomb could be placed in position in a building which had been most thoroughly searched by the Nazi blackguards just before the meeting ? And what a strange thing, it was that Adolf Hitler, on this one occasion should not only have delivered a speech which had not been previously advertised, but most extraordinary of happenings, have put a stop to his eloquence earlier than was expected !
Soon rumours got around that the attempt had been made by men of the Nazi party sympathisers with that Captain roehm been slaughtered in their blood purge of 1934, because they advocated a radical policy very much on the same lines as that now favoured by Adolf Hitler himself.
Someone spoke knowingly of the Reichstag Fire, which occurred, all was made to occur, so opportunely on the eve of the 1933 vital election. Might it not be possible that the bomb in the Bürgerbräukeller had been similarly, conveniently timed to go off when the German people needed some evidence of British devilish Malignity in order to develop a really first class War Fever ?
The anti-Nazi movement in Germany, however, claimed that a real attempt had been made on the Führer's life. In Munich, declared the announcer Freedom station broadcasting on 9 November 1939 the first bomb against German dictatorship has exploded, many will follow. Though Adolf Hitler has eluded once more, the punishment he deserves, he will not escape from his fate. Already the myths of Hitlerism have been smashed by that infernal machine. There is nobody in Germany who will not help the heroes of Munich to flee, who will not give them shelter and assist them in hiding, so that they will be able next time to strike Adolf Hitler himself.
The theory that British Secret Service agents, acting on the instructions of Mr Chamberlain, were responsible for the explosion appeared to be discarded when Heinrich Himmler announced on 11 November 1939 that preparations for the unsuccessful outrage in the Bürgerbräukeller cellar were begun as early as late August. Suspicion falls on a person who came frequently to do work in the gallery of the hall at the time. This mysterious individual was described as a man about 5'9" 30 to 35 years old, wearing workmans yellowish clothes with knee breeches and a peaked cap.

The Gestapo Worried
This claim was received, even in Germany with some misgiving. It would be very remarkable a time fuse, which produced an explosion accurately after some 2 1/2 months ! The occasion gave the Nazi authorities a welcome opportunity for stimulating public loyalty to Adolf Hitler, and led to a great round up of all groups in Germany suspected of hostility to the Nazi regime. The Gestapo asked for information to be given of any suspicious remarks overheard after the broadcast of the Bürgerbräukeller meeting, such as surprise at the shortness of Adolf Hitler's speech. the offer of a reward of £45,000 for information that might throw light on the outrage, special officers had to be set up to deal with a flood of denuncitions which poured in. Police raids and house-to-house searches continued day and night, and thousands of arrests were made of Jews, Monarchists (including many army officers), Social Democrats, and that even members of the police, but not apparently Communists. The Gestapo itself was uneasy following numerous arrests within its own sacrosanct, body. Perhaps the most pointed comment was that the German Freedom station's announcement on the 10 November 1939 Our illegal Front Group, which new how to enter the Munich beer cellar will also push open the door of Germany's future.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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