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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff
Part 2
Section 10.07 (Warlimont statement)
Title My Position in the OKW from Sept. 1938 until Sept. 1944
Pages 6
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-10-21
Language English
Author Walter Warlimont
Witness Walter Warlimont
Other Names Jodl; Hitler; Keitel; Halder; Zeitzier; Heusinger; Brauchitsch; Goering; Greiner; Hacha; von Loszberg
Other Dates August 1, 1938; March 14,1939; August 22,1939; September 1939; October 1939; July 19, 1940; August 1,1940; April 20, 1942; November 3, 1942; February 1943; April 20, 1944; June 1944; July 20, 1944; August 1944; September 6, 1944; April 19, 1945
Abstract This document is a first-person summary of the military career of Walter Warlimont between the titular dates. Organized as a list, the statement touches on major military events and notes significant items of Warlimont's own participation. The author's intention seems to be one of demonstrating his distance from Hitler, whom he represents as taking virtually no notice of him in any capacity, in connection with any concern, other than to suspect Warlimont of having been involved in the assassination conspiracy of July 20, 1944. Interestingly, Warlimont seems miffed by Hitler's neglect even as he writes this account, which he obviously intends to mitigate his perceived complicity in war effort. Concomitant to his invisibility to the Fuehrer is the relative unimportance of Warlimont's official duties within the OKW, where he seems to have served as a reporter-giver and glorified filing clerk. The accuracy of this characterization may be doubted but in the absence of independent evidence to the contrary cannot properly be contradicted. This document is a single-spaced typewritten original on good, generally stable paper.
Keywords OKW; German General Staff; German High Command; Czechoslovakia; Poland; Warlimont's career; Hitler's Inner Circle