The Truth About Hitler's Plan To Kill Stalin, Churchill, And Roosevelt At Once

Whether they were a president, premier, or prime minister, the world leaders during World War II had one goal in mind: stopping the ever-growing Nazi regime. In order to achieve this goal, these leaders concocted all sorts of plans involving various strategies — and everything from nighttime airstrikes and spy operations to assassination attempts were considered. By 1943, though, none had yet succeeded in defeating any of their foes. Eventually, though, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin combined forces to take down one of history's most notorious dictators, Adolf Hitler.

According to Mental Floss, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin had plans to meet at the British Embassy in Tehran to discuss the best way to stop Hitler. It would make sense that since they were essentially plotting the demise of an entire empire, that they would've been careful to make sure that their little meeting stayed hush-hush. Unfortunately, it turns out that word got to the Führer and he hatched a diabolical plan to eliminate his rivals, at the same time.

Operation Long Jump

In what became known as Operation Long Jump, Hitler devised an assassination attempt on the heads of the Allied forces. Using information obtained from German spies, Hitler and his Nazis decided to take advantage of the fact that the leaders of the "Big Three" would all be in the same place at the same time. Per Mental Floss, Hitler then enlisted the help of one of his top commanders, Otto Skorzeny to execute his plan. Basically, Skorzeny and his men would parachute into Iran and make their way to Tehran. Once there they would hide out until Soviet defectors created an opening for Skorzeny and his soldiers to complete the assassinations.

We know now that this plan failed so you may be wondering what exactly went wrong. According to National Interest, what brought down one of the most important operations of the war was a drunk guy. An SS officer named Ulrich Von Ortel who was privy to this secret operation had a bit too much to drink one night when he blabbed about the master plan in front of a Soviet operative. Later information obtained by both Soviet and British intelligence confirmed the plot. Countermeasures were then employed to protect the Big Three and thus save the world from the chaos this would have caused if it had succeeded.