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Volume 005
Subdivision Subdivision 10 / High Command and General Staff
Part 2
Section 10.07 cont'd (Warlimont's addition)
Title Additional Notes to My Position in the O.K. W. with Regard to the Indictment
Pages 3
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-10-28
Language English
Author Walter Warlimont
Witness Walter Warlimont
Other Names Jodl; Haider; Goering; Keitel; Greiner; Scheidt; Hitler; von Manstein; von Stuelpnagel
Other Dates January 1, 1942; October 12, 1945
Abstract This document supplements Warlimonts previous statement, "My Position in the OKW from Sept. 1938 until Sept. 1944" (section 10.07; see preceding document). In this statement, Warlimont explains in greater specificity the limitations of his position as Chief of the Division for National Defense, and later, as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Operation Staff. He reiterates assertions of being removed from Hitler and in no way involved in planning or executing the war, and offers examples of his disengagement. Indeed, Warlimont describes the OKW generally as being essentially powerless in terms of formulating and implementing military plans, which he claims fell within the purview of the respective Commanders-in-Chief of the three branches of the armed forces and, of course, Hitler himself. According to the present document, directives handed down by the OKW were merely official orders that restated prior determinations made by the German Army, Air Force, and/or Navy. The obvious purpose of all Warlimont's claims is to separate him from what the Military Tribunal would perceive as responsibility for the war and its attendant crimes. This document is a typewritten original on good quality paper that is generally stable.
Keywords OKW; CIC; Warlimont's career; OKH; Division for National Defense; Chief of National Defense; German General Staff