4 Jan. 46

The portion here in question, Document 1780-PS, Exhibit Number USA-72, of this diary shows the participation of the German military leaders in the absorption of Austria. As is shown by Jodl's diary entry for 11 February 1938, the Defendant Keitel and two other important generals were present at the Obersalzberg meeting between Schuschnigg and Hitler, and the purpose is shown clearly by the entry which recites that:
" ... in the evening and on 12 February General Keitel with General Von Reichenau and Sperrle at the Obersalzberg, Schuschnigg together with G. Schmidt are again being put under heaviest political and military pressure. At 2300 hours Schuschnigg signs protocol."
The General Von Reichenau referred to there was at that time the head commander of Wehrkreis 7, one of the military districts into which Germany was divided. He subsequently commanded the 10th Army in Poland and the 6th Army in France and was a member of the group as defined in the Indictment. Sperrle, who was in Spain during the civil war and then commanded Luftflotte 3, 'the 3rd German Air Fleet, practically throughout the war, was also a member of the group. Two days later Keitel and other military leaders were preparing proposals to be submitted to Hitler which would give the Austrian Government the impression that Germany would resort to force unless the Schuschnigg agreement was ratified in Vienna.

These proposals are embodied in a document dated February 14, 1938, 1775-PS, Exhibit Number USA-73, and signed by Keitel. Portions of Keitel's proposals to the Führer are as follows:
"1) Take no real preparatory measures in the Army or Luftwaffe. No troop movements or redeployments.

"2) Spread false but quite credible news which may lead to the conclusion of military preparations against Austria: a) through V-men" — that means agents — "in Austria, b) through our customs personnel at the frontier, c) through travelling agents."
Going down the document to 4), Keitel proposed:
"4) Order a very active make-believe wireless exchange in Wehrkreis VII and between Berlin and Munich.

"5) Real maneuvers, training flights, and winter maneuvers of the mountain troops near the frontier.

"6) Admiral Canaris has to be ready beginning on February 14 in the Service Command Headquarters VII in order to carry out measures given by order of the Chief of the OKW."
As Jodl's diary shows under the entry for 14 February, these deceptive maneuvers were very effective and created in Austria the