Protocols of Hossbach, which, according to the apologists ofthe bank winner of the last war, show that Hitler prepared the war. Indeed, onNovember 5, 1937, Hitler held a conference with his most outstanding generals;the content of such a conference is known to us by the document entitled”Hossbach”, the name of Hitler’s aide-de-camp who wrote it. Let’s sayto begin with, that the Hossbach document is a very debatable document, certainlyrequested, that is, with additions, and above all, with cuts, and that even itsauthor was unable to guarantee its absolute authenticity: Hossbach wrote hisnotes by hand and what the Nuremberg Tribunal triumphantly exhibited was notthe original text, which could not be found, but a “copy” typed andunsigned; copy that was not from Hossbach and of which he said that “I cannot say whether the document is an absolutely exact and literal reproduction ofmy original copy”.
In any case, what is said in that famous document? Itis said that it is possible that, under the circumstances, the Reich will beforced to go to war with the USSR, well with the Western powers, pushed byZionism, and that such a war will probably break out around 1943. It is alsosaid that maneuvers must be carried out in areas of orography similar to thosein Poland, Russia and France. We believe that it is necessary to comment onthree points: 1) Even if we admit that the Hossbach documentunquestionably established Hitler’s willing will to war since November 5, 1937,what is indisputable is that this is not the war in which he was forced toparticipate; That is not the war that he conceived, since the documentexpressly states that it would take place in 1943. So it is working “anotherwar.” Not the one that actually took place, as of November 1939. 2) The document Hossbach cites such war as”probable” and, in any case, as “eventual”, and it is evenmentioned that Hitler hopes to achieve a political solution to the German problem. 3) The fact that Hitler ordered that military maneuvers becarried out on lands of orography as similar as possible to those of Poland,Russia and France does not necessarily indicate that Hitler planned anaggression against these three powers. All the armies of the world carry outmaneuvers.
Their mission is to fight, and unless they are colonial wars, theyalways fight against neighbors. Once again we apologize to the reader friendfor writing such truisms, but this requires us to respond appropriately to thisaccusation against children. If an army will always fight – when it fights -against its neighbor, it is logical that the tactical assumptions of itsmaneuvers adapt to the orography of the neighbor in question. It is logicalthat the Wehrmacht would train on similar terrains, in its orography, to thenatural scenes of Russia, Poland and France. The absurd thing would have beenthat the Führer had ordered that the maneuvers take place in territoriessimilar to the orography of Paraguay, Algeria or Afghanistan.
What tacticalassumptions do the Major States of NATO, or the Warsaw Pact, start? Does anyone imagine that such exercises are carried out onthe assumption of a military intervention against Switzerland or against theRepublic of Monomotapa? Everything leads to believe that the conference onNovember 5, 1937 had no other purpose than to put pressure on Fritsch toaccelerate the rearmament program. Such is the opinion of Göring, Raeder, vonBlomberg and Fritsch himself. Moreover, it is a document Hassbach neverconstituted a work base for the Oberkommando of the Wehrmacht, which did noteven officially register it, and no campaign plan was based on its content. TheBelgian historian, De Launay, says that “the only ones who took the Hassbachdocument seriously were the judges of Nuremberg.” This observation, ofcourse, is not very flattering for the judges.