Görings umbrella over Sweden

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Görings umbrella over Sweden

Post by Seppo Jyrkinen » 12 Feb 2011 12:53

Leonard Mosley writes in his book "The Reich Mashal":

"That, the Führer informed him [Göring], was because he knew that Göring had been unwell..., and he wished to see him fully recovered before bothering him. Actually, Hitler knew from Gestapo reports that Göring had recently been in touch with King Gustav of Sveden through his old friend, Count von Rosen, and had assured him, that no matter in which direction the war moved, Sweden would be safe, her neutrality personally guaranteed by him. But the plans drawn up by the OKW (the High Command of the Armed Forces) envisioned not only the occupation of Denmark and Norway but also the capture of Sweden, whose supplies of iron ore had now become vital to the German economy.

Göring was too shrewd not to realize this, and a study of the plans which were now handed to him, confirmed his fears that his beloved Sweden was the next country on Hitler's list of conquest. For the first time for many years, he found the courage to stand up to the Führer. He had given his word, he said, that Sweden's neutrality would be respected. In return, Sweden had promised to guarantee the regular arrival of iron-ore supplies. What more could Hitler ask? That German troops be allowed to move across the country into Norway? Leave it to him, he would arrange it. He would also see to it that pro-British influences were removed from government and official positions in Sweden. But if the OKW persisted in the invasion of Sweden, he would have to insist that the Führer accept his resignation."


Mosleys source is General Blumentritt.

Is there more detailed information about this conversation or has it been proven true or false?
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Re: Görings umbrella over Sweden

Post by phylo_roadking » 15 Feb 2011 00:38

Seppo, when Mosely says his source is Gen Blumentritt...is this just a general reference or does it say from what diary or record left by him?

I'm asking...because later in Mosley's career there was some controversey about his making up sources and history LOL arising from his "The Druid" of the mid-1970s.

It achieved some unexpected notoriety for a time - particularly his claim that among other things a German "super-agent" turned by Kim Philby was responsible for betraying Jubilee, the Dieppe Raid, to the Germans, but the book itself was completely sans footnotes or a bibliography. Mosley said that an SS agent was sent to England to check on the reliability of the Abwehr's agents in the UK, but also operated outside this initial mission parameter...and the process quotes the minutes of an XX Committee meeting (the committee that ran the Double Cross system) chaired by Col T.A. Robertson - who later denied this meeting took place; nor does Mosley account for the Minutes, a very secure resource in the late 1970s, being in his possession.

Nigel West later wrote an article pointing up other inaccuracies - his lists of identified inaccuracies included misidentifying the Spanish journalist Calvo as as the Double Cross agent "Garbo"; giving the wrong date for Operation Torch (!); and calling the OKW the OHL. Mosley also said he had two oral contributors; one later denied having ANYTHING to do with him, and the other was...apparently Kim Philby himself! - though Mosley THEN went on to misidentify him as an MI5 officer, and also as an MI5-MI6 Liaison Officer - both positions that Philby did NOT enjoy during the war. Apparently wartime Intelligence service veterans petitioned the publishers, Methuen, to have the book reclassified as fiction!!!

Question is, of course....how far back down his writing career does that tendency stretch...? :wink: West did note that Mosley had a willingness to suspend disbelief in his own sources.
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Re: Görings umbrella over Sweden

Post by Seppo Jyrkinen » 16 Feb 2011 18:04

I thik he was writing something like ”General Blumentritts memo in Freiburg” - I've brought the book back to library, so I'm not quite sure. But when reading the book, I was wondering myslef, if this memo was a wartime material or written afterwards.

There was also another source leading to same direction.

Mosley writes: "You will just have to go on taking my word for it," Göring wrote to Thomas von Kanzow, "that it [an attack on Sweden] will never happen."

Thomas von Kanzow had shown this letter to Mosley. Von Kanzow was a son of Görings first wife. At a time of the letter he was fighting against russians in northern Finland. The last days of Winterwar, about one month before Norways occupation.

So, there sould be two independent sources, but has anybody else seen those?
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