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Parent Collaboration between Japan, Germany and Italy Vol. VII
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 7
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
"He, the Fuehrer, was convinced that Roosevelt must be beaten. It was a great feat of the Japanese that they had destroyed at the very start the nimbus of American superiority. Then he tells of the American fighting capacity, which he does not consider high, and gives examples from the year 1918. At that time the German troops were exhausted and tired and the American ones fresh and well fed. Nevertheless, wherever Germans met Americans, the latter were so thoroughly beaten that they retired weeks before they could be sent into action again. How could troops whose God is the dollar hold firm to the last? "Clear conditions had now been created. A weight had been lifted from the minds of the Germans U-boat commanders. All the Jewish concepts like 'western hemisphere, ' '300-mile zone, ' etc. had become untenable. Germany would make the ocean insecure. "In 1939 he had faced an important decision. He would either have had to send the German U-boats into combat and would then have had no more crews for the subsequent mass production, or he would have had to use the greatest part of the available U-boats for training purposes, in order to have sufficient submarine personnel for the future. Thank God, he had decided to adopt the second solution, and this would now have its effect, since 19, 20, even 24 U- boats would be put into service monthly. The number of our U-boats would increase enormously each month, especially since, on the average, we had hitherto lost less than two t U-boats a month.