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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / Hugh Command and General Staff
Part 1
Section 10.02 (C-126 Hitler letter 31.8.39)
Title C-126 / Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces / OKWAVFA No. 170/39gK Chefs. L.I. / Direction No. 1 for the Conduct of the War.
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1939-08-31
Language English
Author Adolf Hitler. (translator's name not given)
Witness Not applicable
Other Names None
Other Dates 1 September 1939
Abstract This letter sets out Hitler's plan for conducting the war against Poland and the conditions on which hostilities would expand to include England and France. Hitler's specific orders to each branch of the Armed Forces reveal his intention to conclude the invasion as quickly as possible while keeping the Western powers at bay. Although he does not plan to attack England and France, Hitler anticipates that both nations will attack Germany in response to German aggression; accordingly, he defines provisions to meet this eventuality. This document is a typewritten carbon copy of good quality on stable paper. It is marked "MOST SECRET" and includes typewritten marginalia that were evidently handwritten on the German original in red and green pencils.
Keywords Fall Weiss; Invasion of Poland; Plan of attack; Military strategy; Aggressive war; Conduct of war; Neutrality; Merchant shipping; Luftwaffe