27 Nov. 45
"The object and aim of this
memorandum, under the heading 'Preface', is to draw a technically
reliable picture based on documentary records and the evidence of
those who took part in the fight of the Navy against the unbearable
regulations of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. It shows that the
Reich Navy, after the liberating activities of the Free Corps and of
Scapa Flow, did not rest but found ways and means to lay with
unquenchable enthusiasm, in addition to the building up of the
15,000-man Navy, the basis for a greater development in the future,
and so create, by the work of soldiers and technicians, the primary
condition for a later rearmament. It must also distinguish more
clearly the services of these men, who, without being known in wide
circles, applied themselves with extraordinary zeal and
responsibility in the service of the fight against the Peace Treaty.
Thereby stimulated by the highest feeling of duty, they risked,
particularly in the early days of their fight, themselves and their
positions unrestrainedly in the partially self-ordained tasks. This
compilation makes it clearer, however, that even such ideal and
ambitious plans can be realized only to a small degree if the
concentrated and united strength of the whole people is not behind
the courageous activity of the soldier. Only when the Führer had
created the second and even more important condition for an effective
rearmament in the coordination of the whole nation and in the fusion
of the political financial, and spiritual power, could the work of
the soldier find its fulfillment. The framework of this Peace Treaty,
the most shameful known in world history, collapsed under the driving
power of this united will.
"Signed, the Compiler."
Now I wish to invite the Court's attention merely
to the summary of contents because the chapter titles are
sufficiently significant for my present purpose.
I. Defensive actions against the
execution of the Treaty of Versailles (from the end of the war to the
occupation of the Ruhr, 1923).
"1. Saving of coastal guns from destruction.
"2. Removal of artillery equipment and ammunition, hand and
"3. Limitation of destruction in Helgoland.
"II. Independent armament measures behind the back of the
Reich Government and of the legislative body (from 1923 to the
Lohmann case in 1927).