27 Nov. 45

There are three columns, one headed "Measure"' one headed "Material Measures, Details," and the most interesting one is headed "Remarks." The remarks contain the pretext or justification for explaining away the violations of the Treaty. They are numbered, so I can conveniently refer to the numbers:

"Number 1. Exceeding the permitted number of mines."-- Then figures are given. Remarks--"Further mines are in part ordered, in part being delivered."

"Number 2. Continuous storing of guns from the North Sea area for Baltic artillery batteries."--In the remarks column-- "Justification: Necessity for overhauling. Cheaper repairs."

"Number 6. Laying gun-platforms in the Kiel area." Remarks: "The offense over and above that in Serial Number 3 lies in the fact that all fortifications are forbidden in the Kiel area. This justification will make it less severe; pure defense measures."

"Number 7. Exceeding the caliber permitted for coastal batteries." The explanation ``Possible justification is that, though the caliber is larger, the number of guns is less."

"Number 8. Arming of minesweepers. The reply to any remonstrance against this breach the guns are taken from the Fleet reserve stores, have been temporarily installed only for training purposes. All nations arm their mine sweeping forces (equality of rights)."

--Here is one that is rather amusing--"Number 13. Exceeding the number of machine guns et cetera, permitted." Remarks: "Can be made light of."

"Number 18. Construction of U-boat parts." This remark is quite characteristic: "Difficult to detect. If necessary can be denied."

"Number 20. Arming of fishing vessels." Remarks: "For warning shots. Make little of it."--And so on throughout the list.

I think quite obviously that must have been used as a guide for negotiators who were attending the Disarmament Conference as to the position that they might take.
Now to Paragraph IV (F) 2 (b) of the Indictment: the allegation that "On 14 October 1933 they led Germany to leave the International Disarmament Conference and the League of Nations."

That is an historical fact of which I ask the Tribunal to take judicial notice. The Nazis took this opportunity to break away from the international negotiations and to take an aggressive position on an issue which would not be serious enough to provoke