Führer Naval Conferences

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Führer Naval Conferences

Post by José M. Rico » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:41 am

In the link below you will eventually have access to all important naval conferences that took place between the Führer and the Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine between 1939 and 1945. These documents, together with many other German Navy files, were captured by the Allies at Tambach Castle near Coburg in April 1945, and can now be found at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. For the most part the documents translated are the result of notes taken for the head of the Kriegsmarine during his meetings with Hitler. After these notes were subsequently typed, they were signed by Grand Admiral Raeder (Dönitz from February 1943 to April 1945).

http://www.kbismarck.com/fuhrer-conferences.html

Happy reading!!

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Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Post by RF » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:24 am

Happy reading indeed, and a lot of it. Thanks for posting these records.
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Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Post by José M. Rico » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:32 am

All conferences up to August 1943 are now accesible.
The rest will be added in the following weeks.

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Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Post by paul.mercer » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:56 pm

Hi Jos'e,
I seem to remember I had a book entitled 'The Fuhrer Naval Conferences' which was published some time ago, is this newer information that what was in the book?

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Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Post by OpanaPointer » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:41 pm

I doubt it. I have that book. It was taken from the same source IIRC. I'd have to walk across the room to check.

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Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Post by José M. Rico » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:02 pm

paul.mercer wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:56 pm
I seem to remember I had a book entitled 'The Fuhrer Naval Conferences' which was published some time ago, is this newer information that what was in the book?
It is basically the same thing. The book you mention: "Fuehrer Conferences on Naval Affairs, 1939-1945", is a reprint of Brassey's Naval Annual from 1948, but with a short introduction by Jak P. Mallmann Showell. The same material was published in the United States by the Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department.

The American release (what I'm basically uploading to the website), consists of the translated minutes themselves without the "background commentary" from the British editor, BUT including all annexes and appendixes which are missing in the British version.

So, to answer your question, yes, there is some information that can not be found in the book.

There are also some minor translation differences between the British and American versions. For example, the German "Schnellboote" is translated as "PT boats" in the American version, and "Motor boats" in the British version (note: the British actually call them "E-boats" during the war). However, for the HTML version that I am uploading, I chose to use "S-boats" instead, which is closer to the original German "S-boote".
I also made some other modifications of the original text such as:

"Panzerschiffe" instead of "Pocket Battleship",
"Seekriegsleitung" instead of "Naval Staff",
"Lutfwaffe" instead of "Air Force",
Original Wehrmacht ranks instead of English translations.
Etc.

All remarks placed in square brackets [...] within the HTML text are made by myself.

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Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Post by José M. Rico » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:04 pm

By the way, the original German language version of the conferences is also available at NARA, Washington DC. T1022.

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