Archive/File: imt/nca/nca-06/nca-06-C-51 Last-Modified: 2000/02/21 TRANSLATION OF DOCUMENT C-51 High Command of the Armed Forces WFSt/Dep.L(IV/Qu) Fuehrer's HQ., 27 July 1941 Nr.001590/41 Top Secret. [illegible notations] TOP SECRET 24 copies 20th copy Reference: OKW/TsT/ Dep. L(IV Qu) Nr. 44718/41 Top Secret S.0. 14 May 1941, Re: Military Courts. In accordance with the regulation concerning classified material, the following offices will destroy all copies of the Fuehrer's decree of 13 May 1941 issued in the communication mentioned above: a. All offices upwards to (the ranks of) General Commands inclusive. b. Group Commands of the armored troops. c. Army Commands and offices of equal rank, if there is an inevitable danger that they might fall into the hands of unauthorized persons (Rules concerning classified materials No. 58). The validity of the decree is not affected by the destruction of the copies. In accordance with paragraph III it remains the personal responsibility of the Commanding Officers to see to it that the officers and legal advisers are instructed in time and that only those sentences are confirmed which correspond to the political intentions of the High Command. [Page 876] This order will be destroyed together with the copies of the Fuehrer's decree. The Chief of the High Command [signed] Keitel Distribution The same as referred to in the communication above, and Gen. on special mission with High Command Army. [rubber stamp with hand markings:] Distribution: The same as referred to in the communication above, and Gen. on special mission with High Command Army. [rubber stamp with hand markings:] Encl to /SKI 17245/init top secret.
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