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Parent Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy - Volume II
Date 25 November 1941
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 2
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
ft9. That as the Army overran German occupied territory, and then Germany itself, certain specialized personnel seized enemy documents, books and records for information of strategic and tactical value. During the early stages such documents were handled in bulk and assembled at temporary centers. However, after the surrender of Germany they were transported to the various document centers established by Army Headquarters in the United States Zone of Occupation. In addition to the documents actually assembled at such Centers, Army per¬sonnel maintained and secured considerable documents fin situ1 at or near the place of discovery. When such documents were located and assembled they were catalogued by Army personnel into collections, and records were maintained which disclosed the source and such other information available concerning the place and general circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the documents. "10. The Field Branch of the Documentation Division of the Office of the United States Chief .of Counsel was staffed by personnel thoroughly conversant with the German language® Their task was to search for and select captured enemy documents in the European Theater which disclosed information relating to the prosecution of the major Axis war criminals. Officers under the supervision of the Chief of said Field Branch were placed on duty at various Document Centers, and also dispatched on individual missions to obtain original documents. When documents were located such officers made a record of the circumstances under which they were found. Such documents were further identified by Field Branch pre-trial serial numbers