I became Stalin chapter 97
Even if the Nazis did not take full control of the military, the military was not an organization completely free from political influence.
First, in 1938, Hitler was expelled from the military by accusing him of fabricating the defense minister Blomberg and the army commander-in-chief Fritz. Last year, in 1941, he changed the army commander-in-chief again, and threw away high-ranking officials such as Rundstedt, the highest officer of the National Defense Force, and Halder, the Chief of Staff.
This did not mean that the military was filled with only those who flattered Hitler.
Many soldiers followed Hitler. Some people followed him because they envy the bright future he would bring to Germany. Others thought that more land and resources were justified for the good Germans. There were those who merely flattered the power.
But they were starting to get frustrated. The Führer, who seemed like a magician of strategy, confidently invaded the Soviet Union and was dragging the country into a great catastrophe.
“In just ten weeks, we can bring the Soviet Union to the brink!”
All the generals who spoke confidently were purged for their own reasons and disappeared. All that was left was the Führer who approved the operation.
So Hitler had no choice but to turn the blame on himself.
The voices of dissatisfaction against the Führer spread like wildfire within the military, which was tightly connected with relatives, seniors and juniors, and various formal and informal connections.
* * *
“Your Majesty… Did you really think this government was right?”
Rommel saw a chief of staff who had been his assistant for a long time. With his face reddened and bloodshot, the chief of staff was calling out to him desperately.
Rommel personally had always thought of him as a brother. And he also tolerated his participation in unsettling gatherings like his older brother, who struggles to avoid flying even though he knows that his younger brother sometimes goes wrong.
Now his chief of staff, Hans Speidel, was all public and pleading with him.
“Think of what they do with the Jews. After the Jews, aren’t they Germans? Their ‘Aryan’ luck is just propaganda. What the British ordered… .”
“Stop, stop. So, are you going to instigate treason on the enemy of Germany?”
Now Speidel kept her mouth shut. Rommel chuckled lowly.
“Yeah, I guess so.”
There were many writers who hated Hitler in the National Defense Force.
Many were enthusiastic about Hitler’s ideal, the so-called “levensraum,” but expressed their disgust at the killing of Jews like rats.
Are the Jews you’ve fought with in Kaiser’s army your allies, or are the yellow races from across the world your allies? Why does the former become a spy to be caught and killed, but the latter an ‘honorary Aryan’ and ally?
The people fervently believed in and supported “slander from the background,” but the soldiers who fought in the last war knew it well. No matter what I did, I couldn’t win.
Nevertheless, they blamed the Jews to glorify their defeat.
However, as for the result, the Führer’s “final solution,” they acted like Pontius Pilatus. It was as if he was trying to deny that he had blood on his hands while washing his hands in the washbasin.
“Be careful. Me and you, there will be someone watching. What did those SS guys do… .”
“Thank you, thank you sir!”
“It’s done. You are just… Do your best.”
Finally, we will visit the Führer.
The Führer is nothing more than a benefactor who selected him and raised him to the rank of an enemy. It is an undeniable fact that he is the leader of the German nation, no matter how different it is.
Rommel was thinking of words to convince the Führer one more time until the very end, risking his own post.
And on the other hand, they were also thinking about those who would be included.
“If you are the commander of the replenishment forces… .”
Rommel’s own reputation—even if it has been inflated by the regime—can help quite a bit just to be involved in an anti-Hitler plan.
But to bring down Hitler directly, military force was required.
The Gross Deutschland division guarding Berlin was divided into regiments, and the Führer was effectively guarded by SS units.
And having experienced firsthand what their loyalty is like, it didn’t seem like a good idea to conduct a coup with just one or two divisions.
At the very least, they needed a force that the army could directly control. For example, the replenishment group (reserve group).
“Come to think of it… Wasn’t the suppression planned under the leadership of the replenishment army in case of unrest in Korea? I’ll have to ask General Fromm, the commander of the replenishment army.”
“You probably know that!”
Speidel’s face was now flushed with joy. A giant who could lead the operation to success was starting to take off.
With just a few combat units, you can get out of this crazy war by cutting the heads of the damn Nazi bastards.
“But who the hell is leading this plan?”
“Yes? Well… As far as I know… .”
Pisik, Rommel laughed lowly.
“Ah, your Excellency. How could you be so blind, Mr. Führer?”
The most loyal counterintelligence, Apbeer, was sharpening his sword under the lamp. If so, it’s worth a try. Only if those in charge of the intelligence are trying to ‘slander from behind’ by betraying them.
Well, there is the SD (the Imperial Security Guard) as an intelligence department, but they cannot be installed within the National Defense Force. Conservative elder generals who would rather rebel before seeing them set up in the National Defense Force were all wiped out… After all, no one liked them.
“I should ask you to go to dinner.”
If Rommel wanted to participate in the event in earnest, it was only half a success. The other half depended on his comrades to recruit troops for actual action, so all he had to do was wait.
Rommel wrote down the names he would invite to dinner, one by one. Old comrades and comrades, the most honest and popular among them. Although he himself had already been promoted to the rank of Marshal, most of his former comrades were commanding front-line battalions.
Most of them are on the Eastern Front, but… .
* * *
“It’s like rats. Do you think you guys will be able to shoulder the fate of the German people?”
“haha… Even so.”
The SS imperial leader, Heinhiri Himmler, spit like that at the main commanders of the SS who had gathered in his office.
“Disloyal bastards, traitors of nations and peoples, prostitutes who rebel in the shadows or conspire with dirty Jewish Bolsheviks!”
It was already known to some extent that the major generals within the National Defense Force did not like the Nazi Party.
Junker masters with von za, high-class soldiers from aristocratic aristocrats who were united with the pride of having descended from the days of Frederick the Great, extremely hated the Führer, who was called the ‘corporal of Bohemia.
The Führer, too, at one time had to appeal to them and cooperate, trying to gain the upper hand by overthrowing Youngp and purging Rundstedt and the High Generals.
“Are you saying that you are plotting treason again?”
Secret agents loyal to the Führer and Himmler have been asking for information that army generals and consuls are busy meeting each other after entering the fortress.
In the officers’ club, in the house-owned manor in East Prussia, or in the citadel of an old-fashioned family, they began to whisper something.
Among the dogs, those who were smart, quick-witted, and who didn’t usually show that they liked the Nazi Party were able to join them.
And I asked for a big fish.
“I will mobilize troops from around Berlin to occupy the capital, and return the reserve forces from Königsberg to the rear to stabilize the unforeseen riot… Damn it, I almost got knocked out.”
“If you give me an order, I will subdue them immediately!”
“The orders are not from me, but from your Excellency. I will go and see the Führer in person and let him know what to do.”
Himmler, who proudly declared in front of the SS commanders, walked out to the audience with the most dignified gait he thought was the Führer. The main commanders of the SS followed him.
‘Heidrich, he’s grown too big… .’
Reinhard Heydrich served as the governor of the Czech Republic, but he was still serving as the head of the Imperial Security Headquarters, and under the direct orders of the president, he carried out his own spying activities.
Like the Afbear in the National Guard, there was an SD in the SS. Just as Afbehr plotted out of sight of the commander-in-chief, the Führer, SD was also staggering little by little.
The report just before was also the content that Heidrich, who was in Prague, first obtained and then processed and reported to him.
“If even that damn Asian has a different heart… .”
One of the two eyes had grown cancer cells and had to be removed. The one-eyed eagle had no choice but to rely only on that one eye.
But what if he also plots treason?
It’s fine if it’s not treason. Armed with brilliance and ambitious ambition, Heidrich was determined to somehow expand his powers. Himmler’s eyes were clearly drawn to the desire to achieve “performance” in Prague and to rise higher and higher.
If you want to go higher in the SS, you have no choice but to compete with yourself. And he didn’t have the confidence to beat the young, capable and ambitious Heydrich with his ability.
Himmler, who came to this position only thanks to his loyalty and the Führer’s favor, had no choice but to look at the Führer.
“Sir, Imperial Leader, there are still more loyalist units near Berlin.”
“Ah! Howser! That… right? Those rebels wouldn’t dare to set it up, would they?”
“Our Armed Forces will defend the Party and the Führer in devotion.”
Except for the 1st Division LSSAH, 2nd Division Das Reich, 3rd Division Totenkopf, and 7th Division Nord who are on the Eastern Front, most of them were undergoing reorganization or formation in relatively close proximity.
As he fiddled with the eye patch that covered his right eye, which had been lost to the Soviets, Howser reassured Himmler, who seemed all too terrified.
“Rather, I don’t understand what they are thinking. Despite this level of inferiority in power, he enlisted the officers and exposed himself… . Do you mean that a coup conspiracy is so lax?”
“What do you think of the madmen who dare to rebel against the Führer and the apparent fate of the Germanic peoples? Anyway, General Howser, I’ll trust only you!”
Seeing Himmler spreading his chest as if he was relieved then, Howser smiled bitterly.
When foreign enemies invade, a divided family cannot survive. This government was steadily walking down the road to downfall.
Soldiers are only loyal to the nation, the people, and the government they have created… It was only a pity that I could understand them as a former National Defense Army veteran.
I became Stalin chapter 97