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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
"In the meantime he would now take strong action in the Mediterranean. Next week, 51 German U-boats would be in the Mediterranean, and in the meantime a large number of motor torpedo boats had also arrived there. The Luftwaffe was moving an entire air force (Luftflotte) under the command of General Kesselring there. In the end the English would have to pay dearly for their stay in the Mediterranean. In this connection he recalls the Norway undertaking, where the English fleet suffered such losses through the action of U-boats and Luftwaffe that it finally had to withdraw. "His major objectives at present were the destruction of Russia, the southward drive over the Caucasus, and the torpedoing of the Anglo-Saxon navy and merchant marine. Today the tonnage of the Anglo-Saxon nations was already too small to carry an expeditionary force to the continent. "Above all, the aerial torpedo weapon must be further developed. In this regard the Japanese Government was of great assistance by supplying Japanese torpedos. The fact that we are still backward with this weapon was due to the mistake that the torpedos were constructed and tested by the navy, while the planes designated to carry them were constructed and tested by the Luftwaffe. The development was parallel but was not carried on in unison. General OSHIMA asks whether these Japanese torpedos could not be utilized soon. Germany now had 70 of them and also the corresponding drawings. He is convinced that Germany