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Public and Political: General: Germany: Political intelligence., 24 Jan 1936 - 24 Dec 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/275

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Correspondents include: Horace Seymour [Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary] on German influence in the Netherlands (2); Katharine, Duchess of Atholl, on subjects including Hitler's views on the Locarno Treaty, the appointment of Sir Thomas Inskip [later 1st Lord Caldecote, as Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence], notes by Sir Arthur McWatters on the report by Sir Otto Niemeyer on [the Financial Mission to India, see also CHAR 2/263], the German Peace Plan and information from German refugees (4); Desmond Morton [Director, Industrial Intelligence Centre] on subjects including the chances of war by 1937 (3); [?] 2nd Lord Melchett [earlier Sir Henry Mond]; Guy Kindersley; [Samuel] Vyvyan Adams; Elizabeth Wiskemann on her arrest by the Gestapo (2); "Harold R" [1st Lord Rothermere, earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth]; Sir [Irving] James Albery on information suggesting the timing of the outbreak of war, rumours of Italian guns commanding access to the Red Sea, and the German food supply.Other subjects include: German opposition to Hitler; the importance of oil as a reason for war.Also includes: extracts from "Mein Kampf" on the historical mission of Nazism and the Anglo-German-Italian alliance; copy of a Daily Mail article on Germany's aims in the First World War, with a press cutting on Germany's views of the Locarno Treaty; extracts by the Duchess of Atholl from a speech by Hitler in May 1935 on the Franco-Soviet Pact and Locarno, and notes on her talk with Heinrich Bruning [former Chancellor of Germany] on subjects including British ignorance of the international situation, the increase in Hitler's prestige from the occupation of the Rhineland, the chances of war and Bruning's opinion of Hitler; memorandum on the German Peace Plan by the diplomatic correspondent of the Manchester Guardian; notes from [?] Lord Melchett on Germany, including foreign policy, a possible alliance with Britain, colonial policy, expansion in the East, concentration on rearmament, the influence of the military, economic conditions and the immediate future; article by Wilhelm von Hebra on the military significance of Austrian independence; French notes on the German economy since the war, and funding for rearmament; notes of an interview between G Ward Price [Special Foreign Correspondent of the Daily Mail] and Air Chief Marshal Hermann Goering, on subjects including the return of the German colonies, the size of the army and recruitment, the air force, relations with Britain, the Soviet Union, Italy, Spain and Japan, and the costs of rearmament; memoranda by unnamed German sources on subjects including German strategy for war on Western and Eastern fronts, defences against air attack between Denmark and the Netherlands, an alliance with Italy, control of the Baltic, the importance of Danzig [Gdansk, Poland], plans for attack against Poland, Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia], Eastern Europe in general, France and the Soviet Union, rearmament, the need to secure new sources of income through foreign policy, Hitler's instability and the possibility of Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Ambassador to Britain, misleading Hitler on Britain's reluctance for war; copies of correspondence by Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC].


  • Creation: 24 Jan 1936 - 24 Dec 1936

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