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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff
Part 1
Section 10.02 (Halder statement)
Title Statement / Translation of Affidavit No.l / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel.
Pages 3
Pages Supplemental Unnumbered
Date 1945-11-07
Language English
Author Franz Halder; the translator is Paul A. Neuland, Major, QMC. ASN, 0-385720.
Witness Franz Halder
Other Names Hitler; Keitel; Jodl; Warlimont; von Brauchitsch; Doenitz; von Greim; Beck; Zeitzler; Guderian; Krebs; Schniewindt; Fricke; Meisel; Jeschonnek; Körten; Kreipe; Keller
Other Dates 2 August 1934; 22 August 1939; 14 June 1941; 1945
Abstract This document is the English translation of a prepared statement written in German. This copy of the statement bears the notation "(Signed)" and the typewritten name "Halder," at the bottom of the page. Page three indicates that Franz Halder, Chief of the General Staff of the Army, in the presence of Walter H. Rapp, Captain, Cavalry, ASN 0-454231, "an officer duly qualified to take oaths," read the foregoing statement and swore that it and the attached chart were true; Halder signed the statement and initialed the chart. The statement attests to the discrete responsibilities of each level and branch of the High Command of the German Armed Forces and refers to an accompanying chart that illustrates the hierarchal structure of the High Command, complete with the names of the men who, like Halder, held the positions of highest authority (and greatest responsibility). This document is a typewritten copy on fragile, browning paper. The quality of the copy is inconsistent and many words are imperfectly legible.
Keywords High Command; Halder; German Armed Forces; Responsibility