5 Dec. 45

The table of contents, the Tribunal will see, is divided into various sections, and Section I is entitled "Assumptions." If the Tribunal will turn over to the next page one finds the assumption under the heading "Assumptions I, frontier of Germany, see map, Enclosure 1.''

The Tribunal sees a reproduction of that map on the wall and it will be seen that on the 2d of May 1938, the Air Force were envisaging Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Hungary, all coming within the bounds of the Reich. The original map is here attached to this file and if the Tribunal will look at the original exhibit, it will be seen that this organizational study has been prepared with the greatest care and thoroughness, with a mass of charts attached as appendices.

I would refer also to the bottom of the second page, to the Tribunal's copy of the translation:

"Consideration of the principles of organization on the basis of the assumptions for war and peace made in Section I: 1) Attack forces: Principal adversaries: England, France, Russia."
And it then goes on to say if all the 144 Geschwader are employed against England, they must be concentrated in the western half of the Reich; that is to say, they must be deployed in such a way that by making full use of their range they can reach all English territory down to the last corner.

THE PRESIDENT: It is perhaps involved in the map. I think perhaps you should refer to the organization of the Air Force, with group commands at Warsaw and Königsberg.

LT. COL. GRIFFITH-JONES: I am much obliged. Under the paragraph "Assumptions," Sub-heading 2, "Organization of the Air Force in Peacetime," seven group commands:

l- Berlin, 2-Brunswick, 3-Munich, 4-Vienna, 5-Budapest, 6-Warsaw, and 7- Königsberg.


LT. COL. GRIFFITH-JONES: I am very much obliged. And lastly, in connection with that document, on Page 4 of the Tribunal's translation, the last paragraph:

"The more the Reich grows in area, and the more the Air Force grows in strength, the more imperative it becomes, to have locally bound commands . . . ."
I emphasize only the opening, "The more the Reich grows in area, and the more the Air Force grows in strength . . . ." Now I would say one word on that document. The original, I understand, is signed by an officer who is not at the top rank in the Air Force and I, therefore, don't want to overemphasize the inferences that