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A Gift From Hitler

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This chapter discusses military collaboration between the German and Japanese Navies. On the afternoon of 5 December, the 61 Scandinavian sailors who had safely brought the Ole Jacob to port were transferred onto the German passenger ship the Scharnhorst lying in Kōbe. The privately objecting condition stipulated by Berlin, made Wenneker took the copies of the top-secret documents to the offices of the Japanese Naval Staff on 12 December, and with barely a greeting he handed them to Vice Admiral Nobutake Kondō, Deputy Chief of the Naval General Staff. The Japanese Navy after analyzing the documents in detail found that the data on British armaments often matched those procured independently by the Japanese intelligence agencies whose activities were expanding in South East Asia. Its initial suspicions gradually faded and gave way to astonishment. In time, this gift from Hitler would have the effect of hastening the Japanese military to war.

Keywords: Hitler; Japanese intelligence agencies; Japanese Naval Staff; Kōbe; Nobutake Kondō; Ole Jacob; Scharnhorst; South East Asia; top-secret documents

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