Archive/File: imt/nca/nca-06/nca-06-3705-ps Last-Modified: 1997/08/02 Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression, Volume VI Translation of Document 3705-PS [Page 415] STATEMENT OF 7 November 1945 In April 1939 I was instructed by Hitler to start military preparations for a possible campaign against Poland. Work was immediately begun to prepare an operational and deployment plan. This was then presented to Hitler and approved by him as amended by a change which he desired. After the operational and deployment orders had been given to the two Commanders of the army groups and the five Commanders of the armies, conferences took place with them about details in order to hear their desires and recommendations. [Page 416] After the outbreak of the war I continued this policy of keeping in close and constant touch with the Commanders-in- Chief of army groups and of armies by personal visits to their headquarters as well as by telephone, teletype, or wireless. In this way I was able to obtain their advice and their recommendations during the conduct of military operations. In fact it was the accepted policy and common practice for the Commander-in-Chief of the Army to consult his subordinate Commanders-in-Chief and to maintain a constant exchange of ideas with them. The Commander-in-Chief of the Army and his Chief of Staff communicated with army groups and, through them as well as directly, with armies; through army groups on strategical and tactical matters; directly on questions affecting supply and the administration of conquered territory occupied by these armies. An army group had no territorial jurisdiction . It had a relatively small staff which was concerned only with military operations. In all territorial matters it was the Commander-in-Chief of the army and not of the army group who exercised jurisdiction. [signed] von BRAUCHITSCH SUPPLEMENT TO MY STATEMENT OF 7 November 1945 When Hitler had made a decision to support the realization of his political objectives through military pressure or through the application of military force, the Commander-in- Chief of the Army, if he was at all involved, ordinarily first received an appropriate oral briefing or an appropriate oral command. Operational and deployment plans were next worked out in the OKH. After these plans had been presented to Hitler, generally by word of mouth, and had been approved by him, there followed a written order from the OKW to the three branches of the Armed Forces. In the meanwhile the OKW began to transmit the operational and deployment plans to the army groups and armies involved. Details of the operational and deployment plans were discussed by the OKH with the Commanders of the army groups and armies and with the Chiefs of Staff of these Commanders. During the operations the OKH maintained a constant exchange of ideas with the army groups by means of telephone, radio, and courier. The Commander-in-Chief of the Army used every opportunity to maintain a personal exchange of ideas with the Commanders of army groups, armies, and lower echelons by means of personal visits to them. In the war against Russia [Page 417] the Commanders of army groups and of armies were individually and repeatedly called in by Hitler for consultation. Orders for all operational matters went from the OKH to army groups and for all matters concerning supply and territorial jurisdiction from the OKH directly to the armies. [signed] von BRAUCHITSCH CITY OF NURNBERG: SS Before me, Walter H. Rapp, Captain, Cavalry, ASN 0-454231, an officer duly qualified to take oaths, appeared Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch, to me known who in my presence signed the foregoing "Erklaerung vom 7 November 1945" (statement of 7 November 1945) consisting of two pages in the German language, and who in my presence also signed the attached "Ergaenzung zu meiner Erklaerung vom 7 November 1945" (supplement to my statement of 7 November 1945) consisting of one sheet written on both sides in German script, and swore that the same was true on the 7th day of November 1945. [signed] Walter H. Rapp WALTER H. RAPP Captain, CAV 0-454231
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