23 Nov. 45

and through other channels to be passed on to the Combined Services Intelligence.

Finally, the third paragraph states that: "On our part we undertook to supply information to the Combined Services Ministry . . . as required."

I have concluded reading from that document, and I pass now to discuss the conspirators' program, which proceeded, as I have said so many times here today, with amazing--really amazing speed. The production of steel, for example, as shown in official German publications, rose as follows:

In the year of 1933, 74,000 tons were produced; in 1934, 105,000 tons; 1935, 145,000 tons; 1936, 186,000 tons; 1937, 217,000 tons; and in 1938, 477,000 tons. The production of gasoline increased at even a greater tempo: from 370,000 tons in 1934 to 1,494,000 tons in 1938.

The Nazi conspirators pressed the completion of the armament program with a sense of urgency which clearly indicated their awareness of the imminence of war. At a 4th of September meeting in 1936 Göring pointed out that "all measures have to be taken just as if we were actually in the state of imminent danger of war." He pointed out that ``if war should break out tomorrow we would be forced to take measures from which we might. . . shy away at the present moment. They are therefore to be taken." The extreme urgency was manifested by Göring's remark that "Existing reserves will have to be touched for the purpose of carrying us over this difficulty until the goal ordered by the Führer has been reached . . . in case of war," he added, "they are not a reliable backing in any case."

By a letter marked "Top Secret", on the 21 of August of 1936, the Defendant Schacht was advised that Hitler had ordered that all formations of the Air Force be ready by April 1 of 1937. This served to accentuate the urgent sense of immediacy that had pervaded the Nazi war economy from the outset. Flushed with their successes in the Rhineland, the Nazi conspirators were laying the groundwork for further aggressive action.

THE PRESIDENT: Insofar as I understand you, you have not referred us to any document since Document 167.

MR. DODD: No, Your Honor, the figures on the production of steel and of oil are from the statistical year book for the German Reich of 1939 and 1940 and the statistical year book for the German Reich of 1941 and '42--that is, with respect to the steel figures. And the figures which I quoted with respect to the production of gasoline are from the statistical year book for the German Reich in 1941 and 1942. The statements of the Defendant Göring are based upon the document marked EC-416, in the document book.