l8o EUROPEAN SATELLITES—FAR EASTERN FRONT that our men are always glad to have Spaniards as neighbours in their sector. If one reads the writings of Goeben on the Spaniards, one realises that nothing has changed in a hundred years. Extraordinarily brave, tough against privations, but wildly undisciplined. What is lamentable with them is the difference in treatment between officers and men. The Spanish officers live in clover, and the men are reduced to the most meagre pittance. The Hungarians are good auxiliaries for us. With proper stiffening, we find them very useful. As for Rumania, she has only one man, Antonescu ! 94 5th January 1941, midday SPECIAL GUESTS : DR. TODT, SEPP DIETRICH, GENERAL CAUSE AND COLONEL ZEITZLER The British lose the Far East—India or Tripoli—British thunder—The American soldier. The situation of the English, on the military level, is compromised in two sectors of vital importance. One of their great bases is Iran, Irak and Syria. That's where their fleet takes on supplies. The other is the Malay archipelago, where they're losing all their refuelling-points for oil. They can trumpet abroad their intentions concerning Europe, but they know very well that it's the possession of India on which the existence of their Empire depends. If I were in their place, I'd say: "It will be impossible to reconquer India once it's lost." My chief care would be to put everything I had on the road there, even if it were only one division. I have a clear impression that they're ransacking their cupboards to try to save their positions in the Far East. Projects are one thing, but it's the event that calls the tune. It would be conceivable that the English should have Indian units moved to Europe—but these are mere movements for movement's sake, such as reduce an Army's effectiveness.
GAIN AND LOSS OF JAPAN'S ENTRY INTO WAR They'd lose in the one quarter without gaining in the other. If things go on following this rhythm, in four weeks the Japanese will be in Singapore. It would be a terribly hard blow. And the space there is so vast that there could be no question of holding it with a division. The situation would be entirely different if the English had a few thousand tons of fuel in reserve. Some time ago, when we were transporting material from Sicily to Tripolitania, the English evaded battle in an incomprehensible fashion. Yet for them it's a matter of life or death to prevent us from supplying our troops in Africa. If our today's convoy succeeds in getting through, that will be a poor look-out for them. If I were faced with the alternatives of losing either Tripoli or India, I'd not hesitate to give up Tripoli and concentrate my efforts on India. General Cause declared: "It was a relief for us to learn of Japan's entry into the war" Yes, a relief, an immense relief. But it was also a turningpoint in history. It means the loss of a whole continent, and one must regret it, for it's the white race which is the loser. In 1940 the English told us that the Flying Fortresses would "pulverise" Germany. They told the Japanese that Tokio would be razed to the ground within nine hours. On the basis of these boastings, we were entitled to suppose that during 1941 they would multiply their efforts in the field of air-warfare. To cope with this possibility, I had our flak reinforced, and, above all, I had enormous reserves of ammunition built up. In actual fact, during 1941 we used only one quarter of the ammunition used the previous year. I believe that if we can get through to Rommel enough petrol, tanks and anti-tank guns, the English will have to dig in on the defensive, and we shall again have the chance of getting them on the run. Just about now, Rommel should be receiving two hundred tanks. I'll never believe that an American soldier can fight like a hero. l8l