The Inside Story of a Failed Assassination Plot

In 1943, Nazi Germany attempted one of the most ambitious assassination plots in history. Hoping to take out Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin in one fell swoop during a conference in Iran, a group of German assassins planned to storm Churchill’s birthday dinner. Their plan failed (obviously), but the thrilling story of how it unfolded is one you won’t want to miss.

A Race to the Soviet Embassy

With six known assassins unaccounted for on the night of the birthday gathering, the leaders’ security teams needed a change of location for the party. The plan required Roosevelt’s team to shepherd him to the Soviet embassy, which was on the other side of the city. One fake motorcade with a dummy president later (with the real Roosevelt in a separate, nondescript car), the Secret Service had successfully thwarted the attempt.

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