Monday, August 31, 2009

False Flag: "The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth." -- the 70th Anniversary of the "Gleiwitz Incident"

The Gleiwitz radio tower as it appears today.

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one's own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time. -- Wikipedia.

Seventy years ago today, the Polish Army attacked the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in what was at the time Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia.

Except, they didn't.

The Gleiwitz incident was a staged attack by Nazi forces posing as Poles on 31 August 1939 on the eve of World War II in Europe. Ironically, the radio station (and much of what was then Germany) is now in Poland, and Gleiwitz is now calledn Gliwice. So much for that big idea of Hitler's, "Lebensraum" ("living space").

Sender Gleiwitz in 1939. The old building in Funkstrasse with two transmitter masts still in place.

This provocation was the best known of several actions in Operation Himmler, an SS project to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany, which they attempted to use to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland.

Much of what is known about the Gleiwitz incident comes from the sworn affidavit of Alfred Naujocks at the Nuremberg Trials. In his testimony, he states that he organized the incident under orders from Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Müller, the chief of the Gestapo. On the night of August 31, 1939, a small group of German operatives, dressed in Polish uniforms and led by Naujocks[2] seized the Gleiwitz station and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish (sources vary on the content on the message). The Germans' goal was to make the attack and the broadcast look like the work of anti-German Polish saboteurs. In order to make the attack seem more convincing, the Germans brought in Franciszek Honiok, a German Silesian known for sympathizing with the Poles, who had been arrested the previous day by the Gestapo. Honiok was dressed to look like a saboteur; then killed by lethal injection, given gunshot wounds, and left dead at the scene, so that he appeared to have been killed while attacking the station. His corpse was subsequently presented as proof of the attack to the police and press. In addition to Honiok, several other convicts from the Dachau concentration camp[2] were kept available for this purpose. The Germans referred to them by the code phrase "Konserve" ("canned goods"). For this reason, some sources incorrectly refer to the incident as "Operation Canned Goods."

The Gleiwitz incident was a part of a larger operation, carried out by Abwehr and SS forces. At the same time as the Gleiwitz attack, there were other incidents orchestrated by Germany along the Polish-German border, such as house torching in the Polish Corridor and spurious propaganda output. The entire project, dubbed Operation Himmler and comprising 21 incidents in all, was intended to give the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany. For months prior to the 1939 invasion, German newspapers and politicians like Adolf Hitler accused Polish authorities of organizing or tolerating violent ethnic cleansing of ethnic Germans living in Poland.

On the day following the Gleiwitz attack, 1 September 1939, Germany launched the Fall Weiss operation — the invasion of Poland — initiating World War II in Europe. On the same day, in a speech in the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler cited the 21 border incidents, with three of them called very serious, as justification for Germany's "defensive" action against Poland. Just a few days earlier, on 22 August, he told his generals "I shall give a propaganda reason for starting the war; whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth."

American correspondents were summoned to the scene next day, but no neutral parties were allowed to investigate the incident in detail and the international public was skeptical of the German version of the incident. A few days after the Gleiwitz incident, the international public and press realized that the huge scale of the German "defensive action" meant the invasion had to have been planned months in advance. -- Wikipedia.

"I shall give a propaganda reason for starting the war; whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth."

History never repeats exactly. Still, most tyrants think alike.

Caveat Civis.

Let the citizen beware.



shiloh1862 said...

Yeah I can feel one headed our way. Going to big if you ask me.


CorbinKale said...

Good historical perspective, thanks! I think most of us are expecting any incident to be a false flag op. The enemies of the Constitution think everyone not on their side is stupid. It is a subject that bears repeating, in order to avoid any Ft. Sumters.

Happy D said...

Was it mark Twain who said "History does not repeat itself but it rhymes".

Santander said...

"History is written by the victor"
-- From "The Count of Monte Carlo"

Marja said...

This was new for me. But, as a Finn, I know about the Mainila incident, which started the Winter War. The Soviets claimed that artillery shots coming from the Finland side of the border had killed 13 of their soldiers near the Mainila village on the Soviet side of the border. There has been some debate whether the shots were ever fired at all, or whether they were fired by the Soviets themselves, and whether there actually were casualties or not, but most researchers seem to agree that whatever happened the Finns didn't do anything (besides noting that they heard the sound of five artillery shots that night). For one thing, the area was not then in reach of the Finnish artillery.

Terry said...

The aryan nation is back in Hayden Lake, Id. I have my doubts that this is a coincidence.

straightarrow said...

There is going to be a Ft. Sumter. Be ready for it. If it isn't real it doesn't matter. There is going to be a Ft. Sumter.

I suspect it will have a great deal in common with Operation Himmler. If anyone thinks we can avoid it, they are forgetting that the slaughter to come is not a decision that is within our power to prevent. When it is started, by agents provocateur, the only thing we can do is win.

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