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I shall read one more document into the records, 1195-PS.
You will find it in your document book on Page 423.

On 9th January, 1946, four lines were read here from the
second section. The time has now come to read it in full:

     "Supreme Command of the Armed Forces, Operational
          Section L (IV/Qu), No. 00630/41 Top Secret,
          Commanders only;
                          Fuehrer's headquarters, 12.4.1941.
     Reference: OKW/L (IV/Qu), Nr. 4434/41 Top Secret,
     Commanders only, of 3rd April, 1941.
     The Fuehrer has issued the following directions for the
     partition of Yugoslavia:
     (1) Former territory of Styria and Carinthia:
     The territory of the former Styria, extended to the
     south by a strip of about 90 kilometers in breadth and
     10 to 15 kilometers in depth, will go to Gau Styria.

     The northern part of Carthinia, with a borderline
     running South only as far as the river Sava but north
     of Ljubljana, according to the attached O.K.H. map, is
     to become part of Carinthia.
     The High Command of the Army (O.K.H.) is to hand over
     the territory occupied by the German troops to the
     competent Gauleiter, sub-area by sub-area, as soon as
     the pacification of the country permits.
     The handing over of the territory occupied by the
     Italians will be prepared for by a letter from the
     Fuehrer to the Duce and carried out under direct orders
     from the Foreign Office. Until that time no measures
                                                  [Page 230]
     are to be taken from the German side. (Teleram O.K.H.-
     General Headquarters Abt. Kr. Verw. A. Ob. Kdo. 2 I,
     No. 801/41, Top Secret, is hereby rendered
     2) The territory beyond the river Mur (Uebermur-
     The territory beyond the river Mur borders closely upon
     Hungary, conforming with the historic boundary. A later
     colonisation of the German population living in the
     North-western part of this territory has been taken
     into consideration. The handing over of this territory
     to the Hungarians will be regulated by the High Command
     of the Army.
     (3) Banat:
     The territory from the point where the river Drava cuts
     the Hungarian boundary to the confluence of the River
     Tisa with the Danube is to go to Hungary. The territory
     east of the Tisa will be at first under German
     protection, as will the territory south of the Danube
     and east of the general line: confluence of the river
     Morava and the Danube-Pozarevac-Petrovac-Boljavac-
     Knjazevec-Kalina. This territory includes the Bor
     copper mines and the adjoining coal district in the
     South-east. The above line is considered as the basic
     and provisional demarcation line. At first, German
     military government under the High Command of the Army
     is to be established, under the order jof O.K.H.
     (4) Southern Serbia:
     The territory inhabited by Bulgarian Macedonians goes
     to Bulgaria, in conformity with the ethnographical
     boundary. Preliminary delimitation of the frontier,
     from the military viewpoint, will be carried out by the
     High Command of the Army, which will prepare the
     handing over to Bulgaria.
     (5) Old Serbia:
     The territory of old Serbia will be placed under German
     military administration under the High Command of the
     (6) Croatia:
     Croatia becomes an independent State within its
     ethnographical boundaries. There will be no
     interference on the part of Germany with its internal
     (7) Remaining territories including Bosnia and
     The political organisation of these territories will be
     left to Italy. Here also the restoration of an
     independent state of Montenegro can be considered.
     II. The Demarcation of Boundaries:
     (1) Where the demarcation of boundaries has not been
     laid down in Part I, it will be carried out through the
     Supreme Command of the Armed Forces in agreement with
     the Foreign Office, the Plenipotentiary for the Four
     Year Plan, and the Reich Minister of the Interior.
     The Operational Staff of the Supreme Command Armed
     Forces (L IV Headquarters) is the executive organ for
     the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces.
     (2) The High Command of the Army will forward as soon
     as possible to the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces
     its military recommendations relative to the drawing up
     of boundaries outside the territory of the protectorate
     South of the Danube, where this has not been already
     laid down by the Fuehrer.
                                                  [Page 231]
     (3) The War Production Board of the O.K.W. will forward
     as soon as possible to the Operational Staff (Section
     L) its recommendations regarding the boundaries of the
     territory of the protectorate South of the Danube (Part
     I, paragraph (3)).
     (4) As far as the Italians are concerned, the tactical
     boundaries between the armies hold good in the
                       (Signed) Chief of the O.K.W. Keitel."
This document, signed by the defendant Keitel, utterly
refutes the mendacious statement of the non-participation of
the O.K.W. in the political side of the Fascist plan or
conspiracy. The German generals, as a body, were not merely
an obedient tool in Hitler's hands.

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