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                          COORDINATOR Of INFORMATION
                          270 MADISON AVENUE                                                     
                           NEW YORK                                


April 27, 1942

MEMORANDUM

TO: Colonel William J. Donovan
FROM: J. (?) WARBURG
SUBJECT: Hitler's speech

The outstanding points about the Hitler speech seem to 
be these:

1. There seems to have been no good reason for making the 
speech expect the necessity for dealing with the German 
internal situation.

(a) The whole first part seems to attempt to say to the 
German people: "I did not start this war. The British and 
the Jews did." The length of this section would indicate 
that there must be people in Germany who feel that this 
is Hitler's war and who are dissatisfied with it.

(b) The section which deals with the winter campaign is 
defensive in nature. It seems in a way to apologize for 
certain severe measures which had to be taken, which 
clearly indicates that there was, if not mutiny, at least 
widespread dissatisfaction among the troops. We have 
had such stories of dissatisfaction from various sources.

(') The promises that the railroads will work better, the 
supply organizations be more effective, etc. imply that they 
have broken down during the war.

(d) The violent denunciation of RAF bombings and the threat 
of reprisals seems to have been purely for German consumption, 
since this whole section was omitted from the English version 
transmitted to England. This section was therefore not 
intended to frighten the British but to reassure the Germans. 
The implication is that the Germans are badly rattled by the 
RAF bombings.

2. It is notable that the speech contains no promise of 
victory in 1942, or, for that matter, any other time.  It 
stresses the necessity for avoiding defeat, but lacks 
any of the assurance of previous speeches.

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3. The speech contains the flat statement that the outcome 
of this war will be settled on the eastern front. This falls 
right into the line we have been taking of telling the Germans 
that unless Hitler [unreadable] in breaking [unreadable] of the 
war this summer his defeat is certain.

4. It is [unreadable] that Hitler stressed the submarine as 
the weapon by which he would reduce England. There is no 
hint of invasion, and aerial warfare is only mentioned as a 
reprisal measure.

5. The speech showed a good deal of preoccupation with the 
commando raids.

6. The whole climax of the speech - his request for absolute 
power over every German - speaks for itself. Obviously, Hitler 
has this power already. The fact that he made this strange 
demand to the Reichstag is a clear indication of some sort of 
trouble at home. The suspicion that this was a plant in order 
to create false hopes among the United Nations is probably 
not justified, because references to the home front and to 
the degree were omitted from most of the short wave 
summaries sent out to foreign countries.

7. Finally, it is interesting to note the increasing number of 
references to the Almighty and to Providence, which may 
perhaps indicate that Hitler has lost some of his confidence 
in himself and in German arms.

Conclusion: We believe the speech warrants the inference that 
Germany was suffering more [unreadable] during the winter 
than we have been inclined to assume, that the Germans are 
themselves quite worried, and that they are probably going 
into this spring and summer with a far less definite plan and 
with less confidence than we have been inclined to assume.

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