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Public and Political: General: Germany: Military and Economic Intelligence., 22 Feb 1939 - 15 Jun 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/374

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Correspondents on Germany include: Sir Henry Strakosch on Germany's spending on armaments, 1938 - 9, comparative British spending, petrol and oil consumption by German aircraft, the German oil supply and the case for destroying the Romanian oil wells on the outbreak of war (4); Anthony de Rothschild; "Edward" [Lord Halifax, Foreign Secretary, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin]; Sir Keith Price [former Council Member, Ministry of Munitions] on the capacity of explosive production during the First World War, fears of an explosives shortage in a new war, and restrictions on potato growing (4); Desmond Morton, commenting on memoranda on bombing and German submarine production (2); [George] David Roseway, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War; Eleanor Rathbone on the apparent inadequacy of British Intelligence and the attitude of legations and the consular service to refugees (2); [Henry] Wickham Steed on the German belief that the Anglo- French pact with the Soviet Union will not be concluded, and German plans for Poland and Western Europe (2).Other subjects include: the export of pig iron; the German battleship programme; German fish imports.Also includes: memoranda by Sir Henry Strakosch on German and British armaments spending, 1938 - 9, fuel consumption of German aircraft and the German oil supply; note on the German build-up to the invasion of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia]; memorandum from Anthony de Rothschild on a speech by Joachim von Ribbentrop [German Minister for Foreign Affairs] to the German General Staff on plans for Czechoslovakia, Spain, the Baltic, Italian policy on France and Switzerland and German preparation for mobilization; memorandum by Sir Keith Price on explosives production in the First World War; notes on German bombers and supplies of fuel and explosives; memorandum by Jose de Lizaso, delegate of the Basque Government, on German activities in northern Spain; cutting from the Spectator with a letter by Eleanor Rathbone on British ignorance of Germany's intention to invade Czechoslovakia; pamphlet by Joseph Tenenbaum for the Joint Boycott Council of the American Jewish Congress and Jewish Labor Committee, "The Third Reich in Figures" on the German economic situation; pamphlet by Herbert Weichmann on German armaments spending; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC to individuals listed above and also to others including 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth].


  • Creation: 22 Feb 1939 - 15 Jun 1939

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