There were several attempts to kill Hitler, most famously probably the 20 July plot.

So… what would have happened, if that e.g. succeeded?

Now, as I do not want to ask a question about alternative histories and speculations, let me clarify the question a little:

  • Were there any plans by Hitler of who would follow him if he died?
  • Was there any "crisis squad" or people who were responsible in that case?
  • Did they even think of that/accounted that or thought this would never happened?
  • Is there any indication that this would have caused a crisis or problems/unrest in the population?
  • Were there any indications by others e.g. close to Hitler that could have adopted power?
  • Can one estimate how much disruption would have caused that? Nearly nothing with just someone following up or could it e.g. have shortened World War II?

So of course one cannot say what would have happened, but surely there must have been some "backup plan" or so? Or one could estimate how important he was for Nazi Germany and whether he could have been easily "replaced"…

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    I'm voting to close this question because "What if" questions are off-topic here. May 29, 2019 at 20:22
  • I explicitly tried to address that in the question: I mostly want to ask about the backup plans/things that were planned for that case. There must have been some documents, "risk assessment" or so that allow one to not just speculate, but base this one facts.
    – rugk
    May 29, 2019 at 20:25
  • @rugk You're asking 6 or 7 different questions here, if which the first couple are historically answerable, the rest slide into 'what-if' speculation. May 29, 2019 at 20:29
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    @sempaiscuba Think of what would've happened if Hitler found out someone had made such a plan.
    – Spencer
    May 29, 2019 at 22:16
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    In the inter-war years, US contingency planners came up with War Plan Red just in case there was a war with the British Empire. They probably also have similar plans in case of a war with the Duchy of Grand Fenwick (or its nearest real-world equivalent). Planning for things that might happen (or that will happen) is their job. The German military also had contingency planners, so the question is, did the Allies capture any of those plans & did those plans include what to do when Hitler died? May 29, 2019 at 22:42


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