He was an Austrian and he attended military academy in Austria and was posted at Linz .When Austria was occupied by Germany, he accepted the new regime. But, he was much upset with the murderes of civilians and became an anti Nazi resistance member. At relatively young age, he was a Obersleutananat and in 1942, he was posted to General staff. When the attempt on Hitlers life was made on 20 July 1944 he was at Berlin. However he set the operation Valkyrie into motion without realising that Htiler escaped the attempt on his life by using a time bomb by Colonel carl stauffenburg. Soon he was arrested and tried at Peoples court and sentenced to death on 8 Aug 1944 and same day he was executed.