Who was Reinhard Heydrich?
He was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He held many titles in
his illustrious career, including Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and
Moravia, chief of the RSHA, and president of Interpol. He was also
an SS-Obergruppenfuhrer in the OKW, a rank equivalent to General.
As skilled in the cockpit of a plane as he was as an executioner,
he flew more than 100 combat missions for the Luftwaffe before
being shot down and forced to withdraw from active duty (Hitler saw
him as too valuable to lose).
He was mortally wounded on May 27, 1942, by British-trained
Czech assassins who ambushed his car, which was on-route from Liben
(a suburb of Prague) to a nearby airport where he would fly to
France and meet with Hitler about the mounting resistance movement
there. A bomb was thrown to the rear of the vehicle, causing
serious damage to Heydrich's lungs, spleen, and liver. He made it
to a hospital, but slipped into a coma, and died a week later on
the 4th of June, at around 4:30am. Hitler ordered a mass execution
in the town of Liben in retaliation, killing 1,300 Czech men,
women, and children.
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