Rather recently released information tells us that Eisenhower, then Montgomery, had gotten to know the exact location of Hitler in his so - called "Wolf's Lair" in East Prussia in 1944.
The brother of John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower's Secretary of State, Allen Dulles, was Director of Central Intelligence, and was in Switzerland compiling intelligence about the location and daily scheduling of meetings that Hitler held with his generals in this place.
Evidently Dulles had refined the intelligence information enough to convey this data to Eisenhower. It appears, therefore, that Eisenhower considered it a distinct possibility that Hitler could be assassinated, and Montgomery concurred.
Therein lies a great and defining irony:
Eisenhower decided NOT to attempt to kill Hitler, as he considered Hitler to be more valuable alive then dead, as (rightly so) he thought that Hitler's radicalism would drag the German nation down in flames with him more efficiently.
On the other hand, the high-ranking Germans who concocted the plot to kill Hitler in July of 1944 thought it imperative that Hitler be killed in order to save the German nation from the utter destruction it was sure to undergo as long as Hitler was alive.
So the Great Irony was that the Allies wanted Hitler to remain alive, and the German patriots
wanted Hitler dead, and for the very same reason.
Another example of the results of the human condition, and what can be formed from it.
Labels: Irony in War