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Volume 007
Subdivision "Subdivision 13 / Preparation for Aggressive Warfare"
Part 1
Section 13.03 (trial brief)
Title 1933-1936 Preparation for Aggression
Pages 32
Pages Supplemental With the following breakdown: Index (4pp.), I-IV; text of brief proper (28pp.), 1-28.
Date Not dated
Language English
Author Major Joseph Dainow
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Raeder; Blomberg; Hitler; Keitel; Jodl; Rosenberg; Hess; Schacht; Goering; Thomas; Scherff; Fritsch
Other Dates 28 June 1919; 25 August 1921; 16 October 1925; 10 February 1932; 20 October 1932; 31 January 1933; 14 October 1933; 12 May 1934; 10 March 1935; 16 March 1935; 2 May 1935; 21 May 1935; 24 June 1935; 2 March 1936; 7 March 1936; 4 September 1938; 23 May 1939; 1 September 1939; 23 November 1939; 1 November 1943
Abstract By way of asserting the case against the Nazi conspirators for Crimes against the Peace, this trial brief recounts flagrant violations of the Treaties of Versailles and Locarno, respectively, and a series of actions that constitute preparations to wage aggressive war. All of these actions, the brief notes, are historical facts that do not require proof. The brief addresses events that occurred between 1933 and 1936, inclusive, particularly Germany's withdrawal from the International Disarmament Conference and the League of Nations; its institution of compulsory military service; and its reoccupation of the demilitarized Rhineland; and draws the majority of its evidentiary material from contemporaneous official documents. The brief also includes a moderately detailed account of the surreptitious rearmament of the German Navy. This document is a typewritten copy on paper in various conditions; many pages are generally stable but others are very brown and fragile. The brief contains two copies of page 17.
Keywords Aggressive war; Secret rearmament; Treaty of Versailles; Rhine Treaty of Locarno; Rhineland; German Navy; Military conscription; Operation "Schulung"