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Parent Examination of Documents Results November 13, 1947
Date 3 November 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 6
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from November 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
15 November 1947 MEMORANDUM FOR: Mr. Frank S. Tavenner FROM: Lt. K. Steiner Examination of the documents indicated shows the following results: 1.Document 3145 is an interrogation of Fritz Von Petersdorf by Colonel Rosenblit of the Soviet Division dated Moscow, 12 May 1947. I am informed by the Soviet Division that it is planned to bring Petersdorf to Tokyo as a witness in rebuttal. Petersdorf was Assistant Military Attache to the German Embassy in Tokyo from December, 1938, to December, 1942. He was present during a conversation between TOJO and Ott in June or July, 1942, in which TOJO suggested that German troops should advance as far as Aden and Basra and Japanese troops to India and Ceylon so that the borderline of their sphere of interest would lie along the degree east. He stated that the Anglo-Saxons should be driven out of East Asia. He intimated that Japan intended to make a surprise attack on Vladivostok from sea, land and air, at the same time carrying on a diversion operation against diversive operation against Blagoveshensk and that the Japanese would extend their sphere of interest to Lake Baikal. At a banquet in Tokyo in May, 1939, 1940 or 1941, OSHIMA pro¬posed a toast to "Your Ural and our Lake Baikal". Almost all officers considered OSHIMA as a main representative of aggressive circles advocating an attack on the Soviet Union. The Japanese General Staff supplied Petersdorf with military information pertaining to the USSR in 1941 and 1942, as often as twice or three times a week. In the Spring of 1942 the Germans turned over to the Japanese General Staff as Hitler's present to the Japanese Emperor a hollow grenade of great piercing capacity, serial production of which was arranged in Japan by German officers together with Japanese officers of the Armament Division (regarding this grenade, see also Doc. 4096 below). An English translation of this document has been processed. 2.IPS Doc. 4096 is a memorandum about the Hitler-OSHIMA conference on 3 January 1942. After description of the position on the Russian front, Hitler informed OSHIMA about his future strategic plans, namely an advance in the direction of the Caucasus, Iraq and Iran, with a future intention of helping the Arabian independence movement. Since Germany and Japan were engaged in a common battle for life or death, military experiences must be exchanged between them. He then informed OSHIMA of the German invention of a highly armor-piercing hollow grenade and offered to deliver same to them to be copied in Japan. He suggested discussions about the mode of employment of this grenade. He stated that the appearance of German sub¬marines in U.S. coastal waters would force the U.S. to withdraw submarine