Historical Accuracy of Movie "Valkyrie" Film Review by Nicky

Historical Accuracy of Movie "Valkyrie"
An analysis of the historical accuracy of the movie "Valkyrie", directed by Bryan Singer.
# 149528 | 1,893 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2011 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , History (European - World Wars)

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The paper provides a description of the actual events dramatized in the movie "Valkyrie", namely, Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg's failed attempt to kill Hitler with explosives hidden in a briefcase, July 20, 1944. The paper offers details about the life and conspiracies of von Stauffenberg, explains the term "Valkyrie" and looks at the aftermath of this operation's failure. The paper compares these events to the movie and points out several inaccuracies, however, the paper makes it clear that these inaccuracies do not ruin the historical accuracy of the movie. The writer of this paper even posits that he was surprised at the accuracy of "Valkyrie", given that it seems so many movies dramatize so much that the original story is somewhat lost.

The Actual Events
Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg
The Plot--Prelude
After Operation Valkyrie Failed
Comparison to the Movie "Valkyrie"

From the Paper:

"At approximately 12:30 p.m. on July 20, 1944, Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg excused himself from a military conference held by Adolf Hitler at his "Wolfsschanze" (Wolf's Lair) field operations center in Prussia. He proceeded to the restroom, produced a one kilogram block of plastic explosives from his briefcase, and crushed the pencil detonator with a pair of pliers. The detonator was a thin copper tube which contained acid. The acid, after von Stauffenberg crushed the tube, would take about ten minutes to eat through a wire holding back the firing pin from detonating the explosive.
"He quickly put the explosives back in his briefcase when an aide summoned him back to the conference. He placed the briefcase under the massive conference table near Hitler and in the proximity of 20 other officers attending the conference. After about five minutes, he made an excuse and left the room.
"At exactly 12:40 the high-powered plastic explosives detonated, totally demolishing the conference table and the entire conference room. Several officers were killed. Hitler survived. The reason was that one of the officers in attendance had moved von Stauffenberg's briefcase to the other side of a heavy leg of the table because he kept nudging it with his foot. The leg of the table deflected the blast away from Hitler, who was only slightly injured."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. "Operation Valkyrie and the July Plot to Assassinate Hitler." 2009. Jewishvirtuallibrary.org. 26 July 2009 <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/julyplot.html>.
  • American-Israieli Cooperative Enterprise 2. "Claus von Stauffenberg." 2009. Jewish Virtual Library. 27 July 2009 <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Stauffenberg.html>.
  • Gisevius, Hans Bernd, Allen W. Dulles and Peter Hoffmann. Valkyrie: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press, 2008.
  • Kershaw, I. Hitler: 1936-45: Nemesis. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2000.
  • MFA Productions LLC. "The Plot to Assassinate Hitler July 20, 1944." n.d. WW2database.com. 26 July 2009 <http://www.worldwar2database.com/html/julyplot.htm>.

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