10 Dec. 45

"The Chief of the High Command of the Armed Forces," — signed —

As was hinted in the original Barbarossa order, Directive Number 21, which I discussed earlier, the plan originally contemplated that the attack would take place about the 15th of May 1941. In the meantime, however, the Nazi conspirators found themselves involved in a campaign in the Balkans, and were forced to delay Barbarossa for a few weeks. Evidence of this postponement is found in a document, which bears our Number C-170. This document has been identified by the Defendant Raeder as a compilation of official extracts from the Naval War Staff War Diary. It was prepared by naval archivists who had access to the Admiralty files, and contains file references to the papers which were the basis for each entry. I offer that document in evidence as Exhibit USA-136.

Although I shall refer to this document again later, I should like at present to read only an item which appears in the second paragraph of Item 142 on Page 19 of the English translation and which is in the text in a footnote on Page 26 in the German original. This item is dated 3 April 1941, and reads as follows:

"Balkan operation delay; Barbarossa now in about 5 weeks. All measures which can be construed as offensive actions are to be stopped according to the Führer's order."
By the end of April, however, things were sufficiently straightened out to permit the Führer to definitely set D-Day as the 22d of June — more than 7 weeks away. Document Number 873-PS in our series is a top-secret report of a conference with the Chief of the Section "Landesverteidigung" of the "Wehrmacht Führungsstab" on April 30, 1941. I now offer that document in evidence as Exhibit USA-137.

I think it will be sufficient to read the first two paragraphs of this report:

"1) Timetable Barbarossa. The Führer has decided:

"Action Barbarossa begins on 22 June. From 23 May maximal troop movements performance schedule. At the beginning of operations the OKH reserves will have not yet reached the appointed areas.

"2) Proportion of actual strength in the Plan Barbarossa:

"Sector North, German and Russian forces approximately of the same strength; Sector Middle, great German superiority; Sector South, Russian superiority."
Early in June, practically 3 weeks before D-Day, preparations for the attack were so complete that it was possible for the High