Our Man in Berlin: The Diary of Sir Eric Phipps, 1933-1937 by G. Johnson

By G. Johnson

Sir Eric Phipps used to be British ambassador to Berlin through the the most important interval among Hitler's determination ot withdraw Germany from the League of countries to his determination to get involved within the Spanish Civil struggle. His diary deals a special and sometimes witty overview of Hitler and different prime Nazis and their household and overseas rules from 1933-1937. The diary entries are supplemented through linking contextual textual content in addition to brief biographies of key figures and steered extra examining.

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All of it, except for a few references to inconsequential social engagements, is reproduced in this volume. The diary is contained in files PHPP I 10/1 and PHPP I 10/2 in the 18 Our Man in Berlin Phipps papers at Churchill College Archive Centre, University of Cambridge. Phipps preferred to use the umlaut form when writing German names – hence Göring, as opposed to Goering which is the more commonplace spelling today. Likewise, Goebbels appears as Göbbels. He also used double inverted commas for quotations or to highlight phrases, instead of the single form more frequently in use now.

26 A small but highly efficient fleet was what Germany required, sufficient to throw into the scales in whatever group of Powers she might wish to join; to constitute, in fact, so I gather, a bargaining asset for Germany’s collaboration in the future. In conclusion, General von Blomberg declared that he would at any time be ready to go to Paris to discuss matters there with General Weygand, and he added that he would be only too happy to converse with me and to give me any further details that might be required.

To realise this it would be necessary for him to cross some frontier in order to see how in other countries, particularly England, any form of military display was merely an incident, whereas here it constituted the Leitmotiv of the nation. I had the feeling that a spark might suffice to turn this German military spirit into a really warlike one. Herr Hitler here burst into an eloquent torrent of protestation against any German military spirit. He declared that what foreign observers thought was military feeling was merely a well-disciplined attitude against Communism.

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