Brandt, Heinz

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Name
Brandt, Heinz Gender: M
born on 11 March 1907 at 18:45 (= 6:45 PM )
Place Berlin-Charlottenb., Germany, 52n32, 13e16
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 20°01' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 17°37 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 28°26'



Heinz Brandt (1930s)

Biography

German military officer who served as an aide to General Adolf Heusinger, the head of the operations unit of the General Staff, during World War II. He may have inadvertently saved Adolf Hitler's life, at the cost of his own, by moving the bomb planted by Claus von Stauffenberg during the 20 July 1944 plot.

In 1936 he was a member of the gold medal winning German show jumping team in the equestrian event at the Berlin Summer Olympics, on his horse Alchemy.

At the outbreak of the Second World War he was a Hauptmann on the general staff of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht. After serving in an infantry division he was promoted to Major in January 1941 and Oberstleutnant in April 1942. In May 1943, Brandt was promoted to Oberst (Colonel).

On 13 March 1943, Brandt was an unwitting participant in an attempt to assassinate Hitler. Generalmajor Henning von Tresckow instructed Lieutenant Fabian Von Schlabrendorff to ask Brandt to carry a package containing bottles of what he claimed was Cointreau onto Hitler's Condor plane for delivery to Oberst Helmuth Stieff as payment for a lost bet. The package in fact contained a primed bomb which in the event failed to detonate.

On 20 July 1944, he arrived at the Wolf's Lair headquarters in Rastenburg, East Prussia for a situation conference attended by Hitler. With the assistance of Major Ernst John von Freyend, Oberst von Stauffenberg put a briefcase containing a primed bomb at Brandt's feet as close as possible to Hitler and to the right of General Heusinger who was standing next to him. Stauffenberg then made an excuse that he had a phone call and left the room. Soon after he left, Brandt wanted to get a better look at a map on the table, he found the briefcase in his way and moved the briefcase to the other side of a thick strong table leg. Seven minutes later the bomb exploded and blew one of Brandt's legs off.

Brandt died the next day, 21 July 1944, aged 37, after surgery in the Wolf's Lair hospital and was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor by Hitler. Three other people also died as a result of the explosion. It was later concluded that its exact positioning next to a leg of the map table was a crucial factor in determining who in the room survived.

In the 1971 Eastern Bloc co-production Liberation: Direction of the Main Blow, Heinz Brandt was portrayed by the East German actor Fritz-Ernst Fechner. In the 2008 film Valkyrie, Brandt is portrayed by British actor Tom Hollander.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Work : Prize August 1936 (Olympic Gold medal, Team Show jumping, Berlin)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Health : Violent trauma 20 July 1944 (Leg blown off by bomb)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.

Categories

  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Leg blown off by bomb)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Sports : Equestrian
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (Gold medal, Team Show jumping)