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Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection

Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the Collection of General William J. Donovan

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Volume 008
Subdivision Subdivision 14 / Conduct of Warfare Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 14.05 (trial brief, war vs. US)
Title Trial Brief/ Collaboration with Italy and Japan and Aggressive War Against the United States / First Draft
Pages 14
Pages Supplemental With the following breakdown: Title page (lp.), unnumbered; Section of the Indictment (lp.), unnumbered; Statement of Evidence (9pp.), 1-9; Argument and Conclusion (3pp.), 10-12.
Date 1945-11-10
Language English
Author Roy H. Steyer, Lt. (j.g.) USNR, Section III
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Ribbentrop; Keitel; Jodl; Oshima; Raeder; Ott; Goering; Conrath; Bullitt; Hitler; Matsuoka; Falkenstein; Cordell Hull
Other Dates 25 November 1936; 6 November 1937; 8 July 1938; 11 July 1938; 8 March 1939; 23 August 1939; 19 September 1939; 10 June 1940; 27 September 1940; 29 October 1940; 23 February 1941; 5 March 1941; 18 March 1941; 4 April 1941; 24 May 1941; 10 July 1941; 14 July 1941; 4 August 1941; 7 December 1941; 11 December 1941; 27 August 1945; 4 September 1945; 20 September 1945; 8 October 1945
Abstract This document is a first-draft trial brief stating the case for a conspiracy on the part of Nazi Germany to plan for and eventually engage in aggressive war against the United States. The trief emphasizes the Germans' military and economic alliance with Japan and their incitement of the Japanese to launch surprise attacks on British and American possessions in the Far East. The brief cites captured German documents that reflect Goering's wish for a long-range bomber capable of flying to New York, as well as Hitler's intention of declaring war on the United States in support of a Japanese attack. This document is a typewritten copy of adequate quality on legal-size paper in various stages of deterioration. The first twelve of the total fourteen pages are very brown and fragile.
Keywords Aggressive war; Common Plan; Anti-Comintern Pact; Tripartite Pact; Three-Power pact; Axis powers; Nazi conspiracy; "Fall Barbarossa"; Surprise attack; Singapore; Non-Aggressive Pact; Kellogg-Briand Pact; Hague Convention III