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possible, should find the nation ready and prepared. He declared that, according to the will of the Fuehrer, the economic management of the country should put the enhancement of military capacity deliberately above all other national tasks. It was the function of all members of the Reich Defense Council, he emphasized, to use all available resources economically and to ask for only such funds and raw materials that were absolutely and exclusively needed for the defense of the Reich. Colonel Jodl said that the Mobilization Book for the Civilian Departments constituted the unified basis for the carrying out of mobilization outside of the Army (EC-406).


(See "F," 1 through 7, in Section 4 of this Chapter on Keitel, where the joint responsibility of Keitel and Jodl for these activities is discussed.).


(1) Murder and ill treatment of civilian population in occupied territories and on the high seas. Jodl ordered the forcible evacuation of all persons in a northern district of Norway, and the burning of all their dwellings. This was to be done so that the inhabitants of that area could not help the Russians (754–PS). Shortly thereafter an evacuation took place in Finnmark County in northern Norway, in the course of which 30,000 houses were damaged. (1800-PS)

Jodl was aware that in 1942 there were continual arrests in Belgrade, and that from fifteen to thirty followers of Mihalovic were shot every day. (1383-PS)

Jodl initialled an order signed for Hitler by Keitel, which provided that enemy civilians guilty of offenses against German troops should be killed without a military trial, and that punishment could be waived in the case of German soldiers who committed offenses against enemy civilians. (886-PS)

Rosenberg was appointed by Hitler on 20 April 1941 "Deputy for a Centralized Treatment of Problems concerning the Eastern Territories." The highest Reich authorities were to cooperate fully, and Keitel was asked to designate a representative of OKW to sit with Rosenberg. Jodl was appointed as Keitel's representative with Warlimont as his deputy, and Keitel wrote

to Rosenberg on 25 April 1941 that Jodl and Warlimont would be the OKW representatives. (865-PS)

Responsibility for crimes committed under Rosenberg's authority thus attach to Jodl as well. In this connection reference is made to Section 7 of this chapter on Rosenberg.

(2) Deportation of civilian populations of and in Occupied Territories for slave labor and for other purposes. Jodl knew of the deportation of workers, for he once told Hitler that the military commander of France had reported that over 220,000 workers had been deported into the Reich in the past six months. (1383-PS)

(3) Murder and ill treatment of prisoners of war, and of other members of the Armed Forces of the countries with whom Germany was at war and of persons on the high seas. On 18 October 1942 Hitler ordered that commando troops, even if in uniform, should be killed, not only in battle, but in flight or while attempting to surrender. This order was issued by Jodl's department.


A supplementary explanation of the commando order, signed by Hitler, was distributed to commanding officers only, with a covering memorandum dated 19 October 1942, signed by Jodl (503-PS). Several cases are known in which the order was carried out. (508-PS; 509-PS)

Three specific instances were mentioned by the G-3 of the C in C, Norway, where captured members of sabotage units were executed after interrogations which resulted in valuable intelligence. These occurred at Gloafjord, Drontheim, and at Stavanger. (512-PS)

On 23 June 1944 C in C West requested instructions re-defining the scope of the commando order. In view of the extensive landings in Normandy, it had become difficult to decide which paratroops should be considered sabotage troops under the terms of the order, and which should be considered as engaged in normal combat operations. The question was answered by an order of 25 June 1944, one copy of which was signed by Keitel, reaffirming the full force of the original order. (531-PS; 551-PS)

When allied fliers were forced to land in Germany, they were sometimes killed by the civilian population. The police had orders not to protect the fliers, nor to punish civilians for lynching them. A proposal was considered to order the shooting without courtmartial of enemy airmen who had been forced down after engaging in specified "acts of terror." It is not certain that the

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(See also "F" at the end of Section 4 of this Chapter on Keitel, where the joint responsibility of Keitel and Jodl for the lynching of Allied airmen is discussed.)


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adjutant, April-October 1938.
(USA 26)...

Original Directive No. 18 from
Fuehrer's Headquarters signed by
Hitler and initialled by Jodl, 12
November 1940, concerning plans
for prosecution of war in Mediter-
ranean Area and occupation of
Greece. (GB 116)..

Top Secret Fuehrer Order No. 21
signed by Hitler and initialled by
Jodl, Warlimont and Keitel, 18
December 1940, concerning the
Invasion of Russia (case Barba-
rossa). (USA 31)...
Hitler Order No. 22, initialled by
Keitel and Jodl, 11 January 1941,
concerning participation of Ger-
man Forces in the Fighting in the
Mediterranean Theater of Opera-
tions. (GB 118)

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Top Secret Fuehrer Order for kill-
ing of commandos, 18 October
1942. (USA 501)...

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concerning interrogation of sabo-
teurs before shooting; and memo-
randum in reply from OKW, 14
December 1942. (USA 546).
OKW memorandum, 23 June 1944,
citing inquiry from Supreme Com-
mand West about treatment of
paratroopers. (USA 550)... . .
Order signed by Keitel, 26 June
1944, concerning treatment of
Commando participants. (USA

Teletype Order signed by Jodl,
28 October 1944, for evacuation of
Norwegians and burning of houses.
(GB 490)...

Speech of the Fuehrer at a confer-
ence, 23 November 1939, to which
all Supreme Commanders were
ordered. (USA 23).

Correspondence between Keitel,
Rosenberg and Lammers, April
1941, concerning appointment of
Jodl and Warlimont as OKW rep-
resentatives with Rosenberg.
(USA 143).....

Draft letter to Todt, initialled K,
J, and W, 9 March 1941, concern-
ing Deception measures....

Fuehrer decree, 13 May 1941, on
courts martial and treatment of
enemy civilians in the district
"Barbarossa", signed by Keitel

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for Hitler, and initialled by Jodl... III
Report concerning preparatory
work regarding prok lems in East-
ern Territories, 28 June 1941,
found in Rosenberg's "Russia
File". (USA 146) . . .




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