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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
"Meanwhile, he would turn his entire attention to North Africa. We would furthermore, as he had already- mentioned, torpedo every ship we encountered, and he believed that thereby heavy damage could be inflicted on the Anglo-Saxon fleet. OSHIMA expressed his great desire that in all these German and Japanese undertakings the operations should be synchronized. If this were done cleverly and if the method of operations worked as a sort of lever or exchange action, this would inevitably lead to the ruin of the Anglo—Saxon powers. To this the Fuehrer agrees and declares farther that November and December are always the worst months to carry on warfare. As soon as the weather improved he would again ruthlessly attack English ports and dockyards. The Luftwaffe had already made extensive preparations for this. With the English ports and docks ruined, England would be helpless. "Then General OSHIMA spoke about landing warfare, which had been greatly developed and practiced in Japan during the past 30 years. On the island of Hainan, which was occupied by Japan, the attempts and exercises had been carried out with great energy. The necessary landing boats had also been extensively developed. He suggests that as soon as contact has been reestablished between Germany and Japan - which is possible by air and surely will soon be possible by long-distance U-boats - delegates of the German Wehrmacht should come to Japan to study the methods developed by the Japanese.