Nuremberg, Germany: International Military Tribunal, 1939-08-31
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law Library
Subdivision 10 / Hugh Command and General Staff
10.02 (C-126 Hitler letter 31.8.39)
1 September 1939
This letter sets out Hitler's plan for conducting the war against Poland and the conditions on which hostilities would expand to include England and France. Hitler's specific orders to each branch of the Armed Forces reveal his intention to conclude the invasion as quickly as possible while keeping the Western powers at bay. Although he does not plan to attack England and France, Hitler anticipates that both nations will attack Germany in response to German aggression; accordingly, he defines provisions to meet this eventuality. This document is a typewritten carbon copy of good quality on stable paper. It is marked "MOST SECRET" and includes typewritten marginalia that were evidently handwritten on the German original in red and green pencils.