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Volume 002
Subdivision German Activities / Subdivision 6 / History Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 6.08 (von Rintelen interrogation 5749)
Title Report of Interrogation: No. 5749 of P/W: 3WG-1293 / Rank: Ambassador at large / SECRET
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-06
Language English
Author Halle, Captain (interrogation officer)
Witness Emil von Rintelen
Other Names Hitler; Ribbentrop; Colonel Kriebel; Matsuoka
Other Dates 7 May 1945; 27 September 1940; November 1936; 13 April 1941
Abstract This document is an interrogation on the stated subject of "The Conclusion of the Three-Power Pact of September 1940." The interrogation elucidates Hitler's reasons for wanting to formalize a defensive alliance among Germany, Italy, and Japan, a desire that yielded the Three-Power Pact. The Three-Power Pact was intended to secure its signatories from an isolated conflict with the United States, whose entry into the war Hitler foresaw as inevitable because of Germany's campaign of air assaults and submarine warfare against England. To Hitler's consternation, Japan attempted to insulate itself still further by signing a Neutrality Treaty with Russia just a few months after the conclusion of the Three-Power Pact. The typewritten original of this document appears as section 14.08 in Volume VIII, Subdivision 14, Conduct of Warfare Generally; the contents page of Volume VIII identifies the witness of document 14.08 as von Rintelen. The present document is a typewritten carbon copy of excellent quality made on two different typewriters on thin paper in very good condition.
Keywords Three-Power Pact; Anti-Comintern Pact; Germany; Japan; Italy; United States; Russo-Japanese Neutrality Treaty; Submarine warfare