The Nazi Conspiracy | Brad Meltzer

Summary of: The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill
By: Brad Meltzer

Introduction

In ‘The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill,’ Brad Meltzer uncovers the gripping story of the clandestine mission to assassinate the most powerful leaders in the world during World War II. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet in Tehran to plan strategies for advancing in the war, a network of Nazi spies plans to unleash their deadliest weapon – the infamous and formidable Otto Skorzeny. The book sheds light on the intricacies of international espionage and the urgent efforts of the Allies to maintain a unified front against the Nazis. Through tense negotiations, shocking betrayals, and high-stakes diplomacy, this extraordinary true story unveils the secret operations that could have changed the course of history.

The Road to Tehran

In 1943, Roosevelt publicly declares that the Allies will accept nothing less than unconditional surrender from the Nazis. While this boosts public morale, Stalin is frustrated with Churchill’s reluctance to launch an attack on Northern France. Roosevelt begins a series of letter exchanges with Stalin in the hopes of arranging a meeting, and after a series of military victories, the three leaders finally meet in Tehran.

Nazi Spy in Iran

During World War II in 1941, Russians invaded Iran to secure neighboring countries and the railway line that is useful for supplies to the Soviets. Franz Mayr, a Nazi spy, and Roman Gamotha found themselves in danger with no communication with Germany. Mayr cultivated an underground pro-Nazi resistance and sent secret messages to Germany, followed by a team of six men parachuted into safe land near Tehran. With the supplies they needed, Iran became a dangerous place for the Allies by mid-1943.

Foiling the Nazi Tehran Plot

Nazi spies attempted to disrupt the “big three” meeting in Tehran by planning a tactical mission called Operation Norma. The mission was to be run by Otto Skorzeny and supervised by Roman Gamotha. However, the Nazi spy network ran into a few problems as most of its members were tracked down by Soviet intelligence in Tehran. Despite this, six Nazi spies with radio transmitters were still at large in the city and could have potentially disrupted the meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.

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