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Volume 004
Subdivision "Subdivision 8 /Hitler"
Part Not applicable
Section 8.11
Title NOTES / regarding the discussion between the FUEHRER and the Japanese Foreign Minister MATSUOKA in the presence of the Reich Foreign Minister and of the Minister of State MEISSNER in Berlin on the 4th of April 1941. Translation of Document 1881-PS / Office of U. S. Chief of Counsel.
Pages 3
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1941-04-04
Language English
Author Schmidt; the translator is Ernst M. Cohn, Pfc. 33925738.
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hilter; Matsuoka; Meissner; Cardinal Caspari; Prince Konoye; Schmidt
Other Dates None
Abstract This document reflects Hitler's willingness to support any widening of the war and Matsuoka's belief that Japan is destined for armed conflict with the United States, despite the fact that both men claim not to want the United States to enter the war. Evidently, both Hitler and Matsuoka recognize that the war aims of their respective nations are prodding America toward entering the war on the side of Great Britain. Both men also believe that conditions are the most favorable now for fighting wars they both regard as inevitable. Matsuoka is especially insistent on the topic of new submarine technology, which he wants the Germans to provide for use by the Japanese navy. It seems that Matsuoka, as well as the Japanese military, is preparing for imminent conflict with the United States. Matsuoka is careful, however, not to over-represent the pro-war sentiment in the Japanese government. This document is a typewritten copy on fragile, browning paper. It indicates that the original bears the signature of Schmidt, Hitler's adjutant.
Keywords United States; Bolshevism; China; Submarines; Guerilla warfare; Technical improvements; Singapore; Military strategy