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tures. There was danger of losing
prestige. Now the probability is
still great that the West will not
interfere. We must accept the risk
with reckless resolution. A poli-
tician must accept a risk as much
as a military leader. We are facing
the alternative to strike or be de-
stroyed with certainty sooner or

heard again. We, in particular, must
watch our prestige, as it is very im-
portant for us. The likelihood of an in-
tervention of the Western Powers in a
conflict is, in the opinion of the Fuehrer,
not great. The carrying out of his plans
would certainly be a daring enterprise.
It would be a grave mistake to assume
that politicians received any directives
from God. Nobody expects this from a
general but one hopes for it for a politi-
cian. This however, does just as little
apply to a politician as to a general, both
have to find their decisions in their own
heart. The alternative for us is to act

or to be destroyed in the long run.
14919 He, the Fuehrer, could say that he had, up

to now, been right in his judgment of the

situation in crises.
150 4 He had stubbornly upheld his opinion

against everybody and he had proved to
be right. There was also great risk in-
volved in the case of the Eastmark (Aus-
tria), Sudetenland, and Czechoslovakia

and he had come through the crisis. No.

JJ. 2 21 Reference to previous risks.

KK. 2 22 I would have been stoned if I had not

been right.


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LL. 2 22 The most dangerous step was the

invasion of the neutral zone. Only
a week before I got a warning
through France.

Page Line 149 25 He reminded of the occupation of the

150 1 M. Poncet had seen him eight days before

the re-occupation and had informed him
that a march into the Rhineland would

mean war to France.

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00. 2 27 The following special reasons

strengthen me in my idea. England and France are obligated.

150 11 There was also a great risk involved in the

present situation which could be mas

tered only through iron determination.
150 14 The Fuehrer does not believe in an inter-

vention of the Western Powers for the
following reasons. The two countries,
England and France had, it is true,

given a guarantee to Poland.***

PP. 2 28 Neither is in a position for it.
QQ. 2 28

28 There is no actual rearmament in

England. * * * RR. 2 29

2 29 Just propaganda.

It has done much damage that many

SS. 2 29

reluctant Germans said and wrote to Englishmen after the solution

150 18 In judging the situation in the two coun

tries it must be said that England had an

excellent propaganda. 150 20 The attitude of Germans, including ones in

prominent positions, had given considerable support to this English propaganda


of the Czech question: the Fuehrer
carried his point because you lost
your nerve, because you capitu-
lated too soon.

in Autumn 1938. They had said before
and during the crisis: "England will in-
tercede in favor of Czechoslovakia even
with her armed forces". When this did
not come off they said: “We admit we
were wrong; the Fuehrer was right. He
won because he had the better nerves
and stuck it out."



7 How is the present military situation in

England. The Naval shipbuilding program has only partly been carried out.

TT. 2 32 This explains the present propa

ganda war. The English speak of a
war of nerves. It is one element of
this war of nerves to present the

increase of armament.
UU. 2 34 But how is British rearmament in

actual fact. The construction pro-
gram of the Navy for 1938 has not

yet been filled.
VV. 2 35 Only mobilization of the reserve

fleet. Purchase of fishing steamers.
WW. 2 36 Considerable strengthening of the

Navy, not before 1941 or 1942.
Little has been done on land. Eng-
land will be able to send a maxi-
mum of three divisions to the Con-



9 Its effect is not to be expected before 1941

or 1942. The land troops had not been
noticeably increased. The possible
strength on the Continent had been esti-
mated at three divisions.


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XX. 2 39 A little has been done for the Air

Force but it is only a beginning.
AA defense is in its beginning
stages. At the moment England
has only 150 AA guns. The new
AA gun has been ordered. It will
take a long time until enough have
been produced.

Page Line 151 12 In the air a certain success can be noted

which, however, is still in its beginning.
The modern antiaircraft gun had been
introduced last year, there are 150 to 200
guns available in the country, the
monthly deliveries amount to 15 to 20.
Even with us and our better industry, an
increase of this production would require
9 to 12 months. For instance to increase
the production from 70 to 90, how much

more so in England?

No. 151 20 She was also vulnerable from the air.



YY. 2 42 Fire directors are lacking.
ZZ. 2 43 England is still vulnerable from the

a. 43 This can change in two or three

years. b. 2 44 At the moment the English Air

Force has only 130,000 men. 2 44 France 72,000 men; Poland 15,000

men. d. 2 45 England does not want the conflict

to break out for two or three years.

151 20 The Air Force itself had in England about

130,000 men.


23 Political and military complications in the

world are therefore not welcome for
England as she had to defend many posi-

26 What England thinks of Poland is shown

by the negotiations for a loan, England
had declined Poland's request for 8 mil-

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lion points gold Sterling, although she
had recently invested half a billion in
China. When Poland then requested
arms they have mentioned ridiculous fig-
ures of obsolete material, in other words
declined any serious assistance with the
reason that they need their gold and
arms themselves. Only such credit for
goods had been granted which do not
mean any serious help. The situation of
England was certainly precarious. "It
therefore seems impossible to me that
any responsible British statesman would
take the risk of a war for England in this

152 10 France cannot afford a long bloody war,

her conscription classes are too small,

her material not sufficient.

No. 152 11 France was forced into this situation

against her will. 152 14 Which are now the possibilities for an in

tervention of the Western Powers? (1) The blockade which however has

not the significance any more as before.

f. 2 53 France lacks men (decline of the

birthrate). Little has been done for

g. 2 54 The artillery is antiquated.
h. 2
2 54 France did not want to enter in this

i. 2 55 The West has only two possibilities

to fight against us:
(1) Blockade: It will not be effec-

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