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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
fron the lack of unified leadership. Should negotiations collapse, cabinet crisis is threatening witv serious consequences. "General impression is that most active preliminaries of the treaty idea stress extraordinary difficulties and (one word apparently lacking) urgent hope that "RTRkSTOk's declaration will offer the opportunity for the final conclusion of the treaty. QTT« (6) In April 1939 at a conference between GOEBBG and IvIUSSOLINI in the presence of Count CIANO, 13SS0LBI expressed his conviction that a general war is inevitable and that the question is only when the most opportune moment tor the $cds powers will come and who will take the initiative in such a conflict. It was agreed that Germany and Italy will not he provoked into a conflict hut would wait for an opportune time while pressing armaments. The motto for action of the two countries was decided to he "to talk of peace and prepare for war, that is to say, for victory." Proof (a) Document 1275, (Exhibit Ho. )\ "Memorandum about the conference "betieen to General Field Marshal GQEIOTj and to Duce in presence of Count CUfiO in toe on lG kpill 1939 • • The Duce declared tot a rapprochement "between the Axis powers and Russia naturally depended on Japan’s attitude. If Japan had no objections, then this rapprochement could be accomplished with relative ease, as Count CIANO had already said . . . ***