In , he joined an artillery regiment under the command of his father. Halder was educated at the Bavarian War Academy , graduating in In , he was transferred to the Reichswehr , where he served in staff and training roles, including under Walther von Brauchitsch in the army training department. In , he was appointed as chief of staff of a military district.
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Indeed, a few German officials supported, organized, and attempted the overthrow and assassination of Hitler. Most notably, Chief of the Army General Staff Franz Halder organized a revolt against Hitler in , staged an arrest of the Fuhrer in , and was eventually detained and imprisoned at Dachau concentration camp following his assassination attempt.
Throughout his time as a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Halder kept a detailed diary of everything he encountered as Chief of Army General Staff. Jackson Center was given an original translated version of the diary that was used as evidence at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.
The seven volumes of over a thousand pages Halder wrote during his approximately four year tenure in the Nazi Army provide an uncensored look into the military structure of the Third Reich through the eyes of a man who was in constant discord with his Fuhrer.
Franz Halder as a prosecution witness at the "High Command Trial. Telford Taylor Papers, Arthur W. Y "Three times the German officers tried to kill Hitler", Halder said, "but our intentions never were successful. Rather, upon his release from Dachau concentration camp by Allied forces in , Halder worked closely with the US to carefully construct an accurate military record and history of the Third Reich.
Wilhelm von Leeb. The High Command Trial was the last of the twelve trials for war crimes the U. The closing statement of the Prosecution was made August 10 and the judgment rendered October 27, Halder would testify at this trial against the high-ranking officials of the Nazi Party. Also, both on September 27, and November 5, , Halder recorded his efforts to organize a revolt and arrest of Hitler, but both ultimately failed. The Halder Diaries were officially published in , and since then the diaries have been continually referenced by top historians across the world.
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The Halder war diary, 1939-1942
War journal of Franz Halder, volume VII.