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Volume 007
Subdivision "Subdivision 13 / Preparation for Aggressive Warfare"
Part 1
Section 13.08 (Warlimont autobio.)
Title Autobiographical Notes on the Military Career and Political Views of Gen. D. Art. Warlimont / Special Detention Center Ashcan / CCPWE #32, APO 513/ Detailed Interrogation Report / German Preparations for War / Method of Planning - Method of Training to Carry out these Plans
Pages 20
Pages Supplemental Plus a one-page Cover Sheet.
Date 1945-06-29
Language English, with some German terms
Author Ivo V. Glannini (interrogation officer)
Witness Walter Warlimont
Other Names General Donovan; Keitel; Jodl; Hitler; Paula Anheuser Busch; von Blomberg; Fritsch; Stapf; Buhle; Goering; Beck; Col. R C. Foy; Major Donald Armstrong; Major Truman Smith; Capt. Bathurst; Lt.-Col. Burleson; Major Abbot Boone; Major Jimmy James; General Marshall; Helmuth Greiner; General von Pappenheim
Other Dates 3 October 1894; 17 February 1913; 14 March 1939; 1 September 1939; 20 July 1944; 6 September 1944; 23 May 1945; 24 June 1945
Abstract This interrogation report consists of two parts, which are prefaced by an annotated chronology of Walter Warlimont's military career (pp. 1-3). Part One, "German Preparations for War," describes in considerable detail the strategic prelude to the German operations against Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Norway, as well as the provisions made for civilian defense. In sum, Warlimont claims that the strategic planning for war was relatively slight and in some cases absent, and that the organizational plans for mobilization and civilian defense were only partly implemented. Most of the preparation was accomplished on short notice after the OKH received either orders from Hitler or directives from the OKW, based on the Fuehrer's intentions and objectives. Thus, the "preparations for war against Poland might well be called improvisations" (p. 11). Part II presents Warlimont's autobiographical sketch, which concentrates on his role in the OKW during the war. Written in the first-person, this account provides information about Warlimont's military career from 1927, including his missions to the United States and Spain, respectively, and his duties in each of his postings. The sketch also explains Warlimont's reasons for withdrawing from the Fuehrer-Haupt-Quartier some six weeks after the assassination attempt of 20 July 1944, in which he suffered a concussion. Warlimont portrays himself consistently as an isolated outsider, estranged from Hitler's inner circle and suspected of "defeatist" attitudes and insufficient commitment to Nazi ideology. As in his other statements, Warlimont's intention here is to distance himself from Hitler and from the Nazis generally, and to reinforce his self-image as a conscientious, talented German General Staff Officer, disrespected and slighted by Hitler and the Nazi leadership, whose professional loyalties were to Germany and the Germany Army, rather than the Fuehrer or National Socialism. This document is a typewritten copy of generally poor quality. The paper is browning and very fragile.
Keywords Mobilization plans; Invasion of Czechoslovakia; Invasion of Poland; OKH; OKW; Civilian defense; Strategic preparations; War Games; "Practice Tours"; Franco; Catholicism; Belgian intervention; Campaign against France; Invasion of Russia