Assassination of War Leaders is as old as history. Taking the head of the enemy can be more productive than launching an invasion. The group of well-known writers have produced a series of accounts of assassination plans and execution, under a sympathetic editor – fascinating read – highly recommended.
NAME: Assassinations Anthology FILE: R2620 AUTHOR: Adrian Gilbert, Nigel West, Dan Mills, Peter G Tsouras, Andy Saunders, editor John Greham PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline BINDING:hard back PAGES: 188 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Leaders, assassins, assassinations, killers, attempted assassinations, decapitation of government ISBN: 1-84832-697-1 IMAGE: B2620.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ybjh5s9m LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Assassination of War Leaders is as old as history. Taking the head of the enemy can be more productive than launching an invasion. The group of well-known writers have produced a series of accounts of assassination plans and execution, under a sympathetic editor – fascinating read – highly recommended. The concept of assassination is ancient. In the days of warlords and kings, assassination was often a very effective way of changing the prospects of war. In those times, a leader usually had to fight to become leader and then fight to remain leader. If he was killed by an assassin working for an internal or external enemy, his death opened the way for the enemy to replace him or insert a proxy who would be loyal to them. In recent times, the outcome of a successful assassination is less assured, even in a totalitarian regime. Ne man or woman may stand out ahead of the government, but a replacement can be found quickly and may prove even more effective against an enemy. If Churchill had been killed the government would have continued. Even in Germany, the death of Hitler would not have produced German surrender. Many of those plotting against him shared very similar beliefs and national interests and, had the bomb plot succeeded in Prussia at the Wolf's Lair, the military officers forming the new regime might have tried a negotiated armistice but would probably have continued with a more effective defence against the Allies. Had an early plot succeeded it is even possible that the Germans could have fought back with more intelligent weapons priorities and tactics. This book includes a fairly obvious selection of figures who might be eliminated profitably for an enemy, but they provide some interesting insights, good research and logical argument.