(1888 - 1944)
Friedrich Olbricht was born in Germany in 1888. He fought in the German Army during the First World War and
by 1938 had reached the rank of lieutenant general.
In 1940 Olbricht became chief of the General Army
Office in Berlin. During the
Second World War Olbricht became disillusioned with the leadership of Adolf Hitler and joined Ludwig Beck, Carl
Goerdeler and Henning
von Tresckow in the resistance movement.
Olbricht joined the July
Plot and was the one who gave the signal to take over power after
the assassination attempt on July 20, 1944.
When it became clear that the assassination of Adolf
Hitler had been unsuccessful, in an attempt to protect himself, Friedrich Fromm organized
the execution of Olbricht, Claus
von Stauffenberg and Werner
von Haeften, in the courtyard of the War Ministry.