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Paris' fate is at stake in the flawless, WWII-set 'Diplomacy'
Paris' fate is at stake in the flawless, WWII-set 'Diplomacy'

It's an unimaginably chilling sequence of events. First, 33 bridges over the Seine were to be detonated. Followed by Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Opera, and then, with four submarine torpedoes attached to each leg, the Eiffel Tower. Paris as we know it was to be destroyed. This is not some fantastic science-fiction scenario — it was actually Adolf Hitler's command to his occupying German troops should the evacuation of the city be necessary. Only the decision of the Wehrmacht commander of Paris, Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz, to disobey a direct order kept it from happening. Historians argue to this day as to what influenced the general to act as he did, and one admittedly...

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