Grave of Hitler's would-be assassin discovered

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The grave of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the man who failed to kill Adolf Hitler, may have been discovered in a wood in Germany.

Stauffenberg and other co-conspirators were summarily executed after a bomb the army officer planted at Hitler's east Prussian HQ failed to kill him on July 20 1944.

Stauffenberg and several others were shot dead in the courtyard of the Bendlerblock, the army HQ in the centre of Berlin, in the hours following the coup attempt. Their last resting place was never found until now.

An historical society said it will apply to disinter the victims in the coming months to ascertain whether they are those of Stauffenberg and his helpers. If so, they will be reburied with full honours.

These conspirators were the first of thousands to be executed in the aftermath of the plot. Most were hanged on piano wire in the Gestapo prison of Ploetzensee in Berlin, their death throes filmed for Hitler to view in private at his cinema at his Berchtesgaden mountain retreat....

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