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Parent Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy Volume III
Date 23 February 1940
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 3
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
roughly as follows: the matter of Bussia remained the same; however, in regard to the other countries they would go further than simply stating that the pact would only be aimed at nations, embracing Com¬munism, but this aid to be given would consist of military advice - by this I mean the trading of intelligence, the temporary leasing of bases if necessary, export of fuel oil and other commodities, and in general all aid outside actual participation. In other words, this was something like the aid that the United States later gave to England before she actually became involved in the war in 1941. “Q. Continue. “A. This answer was passed to RIBBENTROP and the German Government, and I imagine by SHIRATORI to the Italian Government. To digress a moment - in the future, unless Italy looms in the picture as an important figure, I shall confine my narration to Germany. I believe that I was in error when I said the answer came around the end of February - I believe it was the end of March. In any case, Germany through RIBBENTROP told me that there was no argument in so far as Russia was concerned, and also in so far as making the other nations secondary, but that they wished to have a meeting with the Japanese represen¬tatives and get down to brass tacks regarding measures to be taken and naming specific nations. To put it