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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff
Part 1
Section 10.02 (Blomberg statement)
Title Statement / Translation of Affidavit No.3 / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel.
Pages 3
Pages Supplemental Unnumbered
Date 1945-11-07
Language English
Author Werner von Blomberg; the translator is Walter H. Rapp, Captain, Cavalry, ASN 0-454231.
Witness Werner von Blomberg
Other Names Hitler; Goering; Keitel
Other Dates 1919; 1924; 1938-1939; January 1938
Abstract This document is a translation of a statement by Werner von Blomberg, who until his dismissal in January 1938 was Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Blomberg attests to the support Hitler received from the German Generals prior to 1938-1939 and to the overwhelming support he enjoyed from the German people. Blomberg also cites the German people, as well as himself and his military colleagues, as being chiefly concerned about redeeming the "desecration" caused by the Polish Corridor, which separated East Prussia from Germany proper; this question, Blomberg states, "would have to be settled some day, if necessary by force of arms," and was "one of the chief reasons behind the partially secret rearmament" that began in the 1920's and was accelerated under Hitler. Blomberg also comments on the official standing and performance of Keitel. This document is a typewritten copy in generally good condition. Blomberg swore that this statement was true and signed it in the presence of Paul A. Neuland, Major, QMC, 0-385720, "an officer duly qualified to take oaths."
Keywords Territorial questions; Polish Corridor; Keitel; Rearmament