Allies’ top secret hit list of Nazi targets during World War II revealed

Metro

A secret hit-list of key Nazi figures to be assassinated was drawn up ahead of the D-Day landings, official papers released today reveal.

It contained the names of senior Gestapo officers in France and logistics experts considered vital to German troops, the National Archives show.

These included field marshals Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt, Gen Carl Heinrich von Stülpnagel, and members of the puppet Vichy regime.

A memo titled ‘Assassination Priorities for Overlord’ was written by Charles Peake, a British political officer in Allied commander Gen Dwight Eisenhower’s HQ on April 15, 1944.

‘The Chief of Staff has asked me to look at this, and to advise him about suitable candidates to who attention might be paid, prior to, on and after “D” Day,’ he wrote.

The Special Operations Executive – Britain’s wartime sabotage organisation – indicated some of their agents in France ‘would be ready to have a…

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