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Volume 008
Subdivision Subdivision 14 / Conduct of Warfare Generally
Part Not applicable
Section 14.08 (von Rintelen interrogation 5749)
Title Report of Interrogation: No. 5749 of PAV: 3WG-1293 / Rank: Ambassador at large / SECRET
Pages 2
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-09-06
Language English
Author Halle, Captain (interrogation officer)
Witness Emil von Rintelen
Other Names Hitler; Ribbentrop; Colonel Kriebel; Matsuoka
Other Dates 7 May 1945; 27 September 1940; November 1936; 13 April 1941
Abstract This document is an interrogation on the stated subject of "The Conclusion of the Three-Power Pact of September 1940." The interrogation elucidates Hitler's reasons for wanting to formalize a defensive alliance among Germany, Italy, and Japan, a desire that yielded the Three-Power Pact. The Three-Power Pact was intended to secure its signatories from an isolated conflict with the United States, whose entry into the war Hitler foresaw as inevitable because of Germany's campaign of air assaults and submarine warfare against England. To Hitler's consternation, Japan attempted to insulate itself still further by signing a Neutrality Treaty with Russia just a few months after the conclusion of the Three-Power Pact. The Contents page of the present volume identifies the witness of this interrogation as von Rintelen. A carbon copy of this document appears as section 6.08 in Volume n, German Activities, Subdivision 6, History Generally. The present document is a typewritten original of generally excellent quality, made by two different typewriters on sturdy, slightly browning paper.
Keywords Three-Power Pact; Anti-Comintern Pact; Germany; Japan; Italy; United States; Russo-Japanese Neutrality Treaty; Submarine warfare; German diplomacy; Military strategy