Background: The Nazi Party depended heavily on speakers to get its message across. Those speakers needed to be informed. They received bulletins like the one on this page, intended to provide immediate information for speakers to use. The material was labeled “Very Confidential!,” although there was not all that much secret in it.
The following is a translation of instructions in late September 1942 telling speakers that even in the United States people thought that Germany could win the war. It cites an article by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes on the possibility of the Axis powers dominating the world’s oil supply. Icke’s article was published in the 15 August 1942 issue of Collier’s, a general interest weekly magazine. Although some material was omitted in the Nazi version, the translation is basically accurate. I checked the original article.
It followed a common Nazi propaganda strategy of selecting material from the Allied press to demonstrate German prospects for victory. The Nazis, of course, had difficulty securing current American magazines. This appeared six weeks after original publication. The Germans probably got a copy in a neutral nation like Spain or Portugal.
The source: Redner-Schnellinformation, Lieferung 40, 30 September 1942.
Speaker Express Information
Many in the population hold the opinion that we can never defeat America because of its great resources of raw materials and its agricultural production. All our military successes in Europe or against the Soviet Union in the East, even the most decisive, cannot deal a mortal blow to the USA and force it to give up the battle.
However, that fact that the United States has ever-growing difficulties because of Axis military successes and is at risk of final defeat was recently confirmed even by North American Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes. Ickes recently published at article in Collier’s Magazine on 15.8.1942 on the USA’s oil supply that attracted great attention. The North American Secretary of the Interior’s article is well-suited to:
Ickes’s article, the most important points of which follow, is to be used in this sense by speakers. After Ickes listed numerous uses of oil that are essential to a nation’s economic life, he continued:
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