Did you know that Hitler’s life was saved by bad weather?

Hitler speaking on the night of the assassination attempt. The Nazi flag behind him is draped over the pillar with the bomb inside. (Photo: Der Rundblick)

A desperate German factory worker called Georg Elser decided to prevent war by assassinating Adolf Hitler in 1939. He built a time bomb and hid it in a hollowed-out pillar in the Bürgerbraukeller, a Munich beer hall where Hitler held a speech on each anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch, when Hitler and his followers unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the government of the Weimar Republic in 1923. 

In 1939, Hitler was scheduled to speak on November 8 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., so Elser set the bomb’s timer to 9:20. The weather forecast, however, predicted heavy fog, which would have grounded Hitler’s plane and prevented him from returning to Berlin on the same night. The Führer decided to go home by train, but that meant he had to cut his speech short, finishing at 9:07. Had his plane been available, he would have been standing right in front of the pillar hiding the bomb at 9:20 and would have certainly died, cutting World War II short.

Save up to 15% until Veterans Day

WWII veteran, Jack Appel celebrated by the visitors of the Normandy American Cemetery (Photo: Author’s own)

On the occasion of the upcoming Veterans Day we are offering most of our tours in 2023 and 2024 at a discount price until November 11, 2022. You can either save 10% if you pay the registration fee of $490 now, and the rest of the tour price 90 days before the tour, or 15% if you choose to pay in full now. This promotion applies only in case of new bookings. Please note that this offer cannot be combined with other special promotions and does not apply to those 3 tours in 2024 which include the 80th anniversary commemorations of D-Day in Normandy.

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Veterans Day originates from Armistice Day marking the end of World War I, which formally ended on November 11, 1918. It is still known as Armistice Day in France and Belgium, while the UK and Commonwealth countries celebrate Remembrance Day or Poppy Day.

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