| SOLDIERS OF THE SOUTHEAST FRONT:
Since early this morning the German people are at war
with the Belgrade government of intrigue. We shall only lay down arms
when this band of ruffians has been definitely and most emphatically
eliminated, and the last Briton has left this part of the European
Continent, and that these misled people realize that they must thank
Britain for this situation, they must thank England, the greatest
warmonger of all time. The German people can enter into this new
struggle with the inner satisfaction that its leaders have done
everything to bring about a peaceful settlement.
We pray to God that He may lead our soldiers on the
and bless them as hitherto.
In accordance with the policy of letting others fight
for her, as she did in the case of Poland, Britain again tried to
involve Germany in the struggle in which Britain hoped that she would
finish off the German people once and for all, to win the war, and if
possible to destroy the entire German Army.
In a few weeks long ago the German soldiers on the
Eastern Front, Poland, swept aside this instrument of British policy.
April 9, 1940, Britain again attempted to reach its goal by a thrust on
the German north flank, the thrust at Norway.
In an unforgettable struggle the German soldiers in
Norway eliminated the British within a period of a few weeks.
What the world did not deem possible the German people
have achieved. Again, only a few weeks later, Churchill thought the
moment right to make a renewed thrust through the British Allies,
and Belgium, into the German region of the Ruhr. The victorious hour of
our soldiers on the West Front began.
It is already war history how the German Armies
the legions of capitalism and plutocracy. After forty-five days this
campaign in the West was equally and emphatically terminated.
Then Churchill concentrated the strength of his Empire
against our ally, Italy, in Africa. Now the danger has also been banned
from the African theater of the war through the cooperation of Italian
and German units.
The new aim of the British warmongers now consists of
the realization of a plan that they had already hatched at the outbreak
of the war and only postponed because of the gigantic victories of the
German Army. The memory of the landing of British troops at Salonika in
the course of the first World War also caught little Greece in the
spider web of British intrigue.
I have repeatedly warned of the attempt by the British
to land troops in Southeastern Europe, and I have said that this
constitutes a threat to the German Reich. Unfortunately this warning
went unheeded by the Yugoslav nation. I have further tried, always with
the same patience, to convince Yugoslav statesmen of the absolute
necessity for their cooperation with the German Reich for restoration
lasting peace and order within Yugoslavia.
After long effort we finally succeeded in securing the
cooperation of Yugoslavia by its adherence to the Tripartite Pact
without having demanded anything whatsoever of the Yugoslav nation
except that it take its part in the reconstruction of a new order in
At this point the criminal usurpers of the new Belgrade
government took the power of the State unto themselves, which is a
result of being in the pay of Churchill and Britain. As in the case of
Poland, this new Belgrade government has mobilized decrepit and old
people into their inner Cabinet. Under these circumstances I was forced
immediately to recall the German national colony within Yugoslav
Members and officers of the German Embassy, employees
our consulates in Yugoslavia, were daily being subjected to the most
humiliating attacks. The German schools, exactly as in Poland, were
in ruins by bandits. Innumerable German nationals were kidnapped and
attacked by Yugoslavs and some even were killed.
In addition, Yugoslavia for weeks has planned a general
mobilization of its army in great secrecy. This is the answer to my
eight-year-long effort to bring about closer cooperation and friendship
with the Yugoslav people, a task that I have pursued most fastidiously.
When British divisions were landed in Greece, just as
World War days, the Serbs thought the time was ripe for taking
of the situation for new assassinations against Germany and her allies.
Soldiers of the Southeast Front: Now your zero hour has
arrived. You will now take the interests of the German Reich under your
protection as your comrades did a year ago in Norway and on the West
Front. You will do just as well on the Southeast Front.
In doing this, your duty, you will not be less
courageous than the men of those German divisions who in 1915, on the
same Balkan soil, fought so victoriously. You will be humane only in
those places where the enemy is humane toward you. Where the enemy
confronts you with utter brutality you will beat them back with the
The fight on Greek soil is not a battle against the
Greek people, but against that archenemy, England, which is again
to extend the war far into the Southeast Balkans, the same as he tried
far in the north last year. For this reason, on this very spot in the
Balkans, we shall fight shoulder to shoulder with our ally until the
last Briton has found his Dunkerque in Greece.
If any Greeks support this British course, then those
Greeks will fall at the same time as the British.
When the German soldier shall have proved himself,
have proved that he is capable of beating the British in the Balkans,
the midst of snow and mountains, then also he will have proved that he
can beat the British in the heat of the desert in Africa.
However, we will pursue no other ultimate aim than to
win freedom for our German people and to secure a living-space for the
The prayers and thoughts, the very life of all Germans,
are again in the heart of every German soldier.
Commander in Chief