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England once more with a large, comprehensive offer. He is a man of great decisions; and in this case also, he will be capable of being great in his action." — and then, magnanimously — "He accepts the British Empire and is ready to pledge himself personally for its continued existence and to place the power of the German Reich at its disposal on condition that his colonial demands, which are limited, should be negotiated by peaceful means . . . . His obligations to Italy remain untouched."
Again he stresses irrevocable determination never to enter into war with Russia. I quote the last two paragraphs:

"If the British Government would consider these ideas, a blessing for Germany..."
THE PRESIDENT: Why do you not read the first few lines of Paragraph 3?

LT. COL. GRIFFITH-JONES: Yes; I did summarize it — Paragraph 3:

"He also desired to express the irrevocable determination of Germany never again to enter into conflict with Russia."

LT. COL. GRIFFITH-JONES: I quote the last two paragraphs:

"If the British Government would consider these ideas, a blessing for Germany and also for the British Empire might result. If they reject these ideas, there will be war. In no case will Great Britain emerge stronger; the last war proved it. The Führer repeats that he himself is a man of far-reaching decisions by which he is bound, and that this is his last offer...."
THE PRESIDENT: The Tribunal will adjourn and then the matter can be investigated.

[A recess was taken.]

LT. COL. GRIFFITH-JONES: I had just finished reading the offer from Hitler to the British Government, which was TC-72, Number 68, and which becomes GB-65.

The British Government were not, of course, aware of the real object that lay behind that message; and, taking it at its face value and desirous to enter into discussions, they wrote back on the 28th of August saying that they were prepared to enter into discussions. They agreed with Hitler that the differences must be settled, and I quote from Paragraph 4:

"In the opinion of His Majesty's Government, a reasonable solution of the differences between Germany and Poland