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k. 2 58

j. 2 56 Because of our anarchy and because
we have sources of aid in the east.
(2) Attack from the west from the
Maginot line: I consider this im-

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152 18 Here one had to consider what it would
mean for the French soldier who had
been brought up with the idea to defend
the Maginot line, to come out of this de-
fense line and attack the German West-
wall to lose perhaps a quarter of a mil-
lion men without any definite guarantee
of success. Because the German nation
who had heroically defended shellholes
before would certainly hold the present

152 26 The Western Powers might perhaps try to
advance against Germany through neu-
tral territory, and here the Fuehrer be-
gan to review the neutrals. All of them
had the honest desire to remain neutral:
the Nordic states unconditionally.

153 7 It would, however, be impossible for Eng-
land and France to violate the neutrality
of this country against her will.

10 Perhaps the declarations of neutrality by
these countries were given at the insti-
gation of England in order to give Eng-
land a reason for her drawing back at

o. 2 64 There remains an attack on Italy.

A military attack is out of the
question. No one is counting on a
long war. If Mr. von Brandutch
had told me that I would need
4 years to conquer Poland I would
have replied: then it cannot be

p. 3 1 It is nonsense to say that England wants to wage a long war.

q. 3 3 We will hold our position in the West until we have conquered Poland. We must be conscious of our great production. It is much bigger than 1914-1918.

r. 3

6 The enemy had another hope, that Russia would become our enemy. s. 3 6 After the conquest of Poland. The enemy did not count on my great power of resolution. Our enemies are little worms. I saw them in Munich.

the outbreak of a conflict between Germany and Poland. She would then say: ***we regret that we are unable to help. No.

153 17 Now many say: "England is prepared for a long war". The Fuehrer believes this opinion to be wrong.



5 Among the Western powers there was hope for the cooperation of Russia.


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3 10 Russia has no interest in maintaining Poland.

v. 3 10 And Stalin knows that it is the end
of his regime no matter whether

his soldiers come out of a war vic-
torious or beaten.


3 12 Litvinov's replacement was decisive.

X. 3 12 I brought about the change toward
Russia gradually.

y. 3 13 In connection with the commercial
treaty we got into political conver-
sation. Proposal of a nonaggression
pact. Then came a general proposal
from Russia. Four days ago I took

special step which brought it
about that Russia answered yes-
terday that she is ready to sign.
The personal contact with Stalin
is established.

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8 But only a blind optimist could believe that Stalin would be so crazy as not to see through England's intentions.


154 16 Stalin furthermore has to be afraid just as much of a victorious army as of a beaten



17 The dismissal of Litvinov as Foreign Min-
ister affected the Fuehrer like a gun shot.
154 19 A careful change in the political attitude
took place, beginning with the fact that
the Fuehrer treated the Russian ambas-
sador at a reception just as politely as
the other diplomats.

154 23 Further discussions in the economic sphere
resulted which led to a
a commercial
agreement. Finally a proposition came
from the Russians:

(1) For a nonaggression pact.

(2) For an intervention between Russia and Japan.

(3) For a solution of the questions of the Baltic provinces.

aa. 3 17 The day after tomorrow von Ribben

trop will conclude the treaty.

bb. 3 18 Now Poland is in the position in
which I wanted her.

CC. 3 20 We need not be afraid of a blockade.

The East will supply us with grain,
cattle, coal, lead, and zinc. It is a
big arm which demands great ef-
forts. I am only afraid that at the
last minute some Schweinehund
will make a proposal for mediation.
The political arm is set farther. A
beginning has been made for the
destruction of England's hegem-
ony. The way is open for the sol-
dier, after I have made the political
preparations. Today's publication
of the nonaggression pact with
Russia hit like a shell. The conse-
quences cannot be overlooked.
Stalin also said that this course
will be of benefit to both countries.
The effect on Poland will be tre-
mendous. Goering answers with
thanks to the Fuehrer and the as-
surance that the armed forces will
do their duty.

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4 The nonaggression pact was to be signed on
23 August.

7 Now we have the possibility to strike at the
heart of Poland, the military road, to the
best of our knowledge, is free.


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The Strength

of the SS

on the 30 June 1944.

Total strength of the SS on 30. 6. 1944

Allgemeine SS excluding members of the SS who are at present

serving as reservists in the Waffen SS.

Not called up

Called up into the Wehrmacht......

64,614 115,908

Called up into R.A.D. (labor service)


Called up for other employment..




Waffen SS (serving with the colors and reservists)


SS total


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Total strength of the Waffen SS

Field units


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Members of the Waffen SS in the Head Offices

(Excluding the Operational HQ of the SS High Command)

SS Head Office...


Racial and Settlement Head Office of the SS..


SS Economic and Administrative Head Office (WVHA).... 24,091 Personal Staff of the Reichsfuehrer SS...


SS Personnel Head Office


Head Office, SS Court of Justice.....

Bureau of SS Obergruppenfuehrer Heissmeyer..



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