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It goes on — the second paragraph:

"The intention to unleash a European war is held just as little by Germany. Nevertheless, the politically fluid world situation, which does not preclude surprising incidents, demands a continuous preparedness for war of the German Armed Forces to counter attacks at any time, and to enable the military exploitation of politically favorable opportunities, should they occur."
It then goes on to set out the preparations which are to be made, and I would particularly draw the Tribunal's attention to Paragraph 2b:

"The further working on mobilization without public announcement in order to put the Armed Forces in a position to begin a war suddenly and by surprise both as regards strength and time."
On the next page, under Paragraph 4:

"Special preparations are to be made for the following eventualities: Armed intervention against Austria; warlike entanglements with Red Spain."
And thirdly, and this shows so clearly how they appreciated at that time that their actions against Austria and Czechoslovakia might well involve them in war:

"England, Poland, and Lithuania take part in a war against us."
If the Tribunal would turn over to Part 2 of that directive, Page 5 of that document:

"For the treatment of probable warlike eventualities (concentrations) the following suppositions, tasks, and orders are to be considered as basic: "1. War on two fronts with focal point in the West.

"Suppositions. In the West, France is the opponent. Belgium may side with France, either at once or later, or not at all. It is also possible that France may violate Belgium's neutrality if the latter is neutral. She will certainly violate that of Luxembourg."
I pass to Part 3, which will be found on Page 9 of that Exhibit, and I particularly refer to the last paragraph on that page under tile heading "Special Case — Extension Red-Green". It will be remembered that Red was Spain and Green was Czechoslovakia.

"The military political starting point used as a basis for concentration plans Red and Green can be aggravated if either England, Poland, or Lithuania . . . . join the side of our opponents. Thereupon our military position would deteriorate to an unbearable, even hopeless extent. The political leadership