Eberhard von Breitenbuch
(1910 - 1980)
Eberhard von Breitenbuch was a reserve Cavalry Captain
in Army Group Center and aide to Field Marshals Erwin von Witzleben, Ernst
Busch, and Guenther
He was recruited into the conspiracy to kill Hitler by General Henning von Tresckow.
According to the Joric site, Breitenbuch approached
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg as a volunteer to assassinate Hitler.
Breitenbuch assured Stauffenberg that despite the presence of SS guards during a fuehrer conference, he was a "crack-shot"
and preferred to kill Hitler with his service pistol rather than use
a time bomb. Breitenbuch's son, however, says that his father never
Andreas von Breitenbuch said part of his father's mission in the conspiracy
was to convince Field Marshal
von Kluge of the necessity of Hitler's assassination and taking
part in the conspiracy; but he failed to do either.
On March 11, 1944, armed with a 7.65 mm Browning concealed
in his trouser-pocket, aide-de-camp Breitenbuch accompanied Field Marshal Ernst Busch to Hitler's
Berghof residence to attend a fuehrer conference. But Breitenbuch was
denied entry into the conference because of a fuehrer directive issued
earlier that same day prohibiting ADC's from attending fuehrer briefings.
Despite the collapse of Stauffenberg's July
20 coup attempt, the Gestapo never suspected Breitenbuch and his involvement in the conspiracy was
never divulged by those who were arrested.
Breitenbuch died on September 21, 1980.
Sources: Joric Center;
Email from Andreas von Breitenbuch. Photo courtesy of Andreas von Breitenbuch.