Letter From Serrano Suñer to Von Ribbentrop.
EL PRESIDENTE DE LA JUNTA POLITICA
FALANGE ESPANOLA TRADICIONALISTA Y DE LAS JONS
MADRID 10 October 1940
To His Excellency
J. VON RIBBENTROP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the German Reich
MY DEAR MR. MINISTER:
Upon my return from Berlin and Rome I had several conversations with the Caudillo for the purpose of continuing the examination of the questions and viewpoints which were considered during our meeting in the capital of the Reich. We have at hand the proposals of an economic character which were formulated by the German Government and expect shortly to make a concrete counter-proposal with the object of arriving at an agreement on those matters, as well as on those dealing with the details and circumstances of the ten-year military alliance with Germany and Italy. We believe that all of these should be negotiated with the utmost secrecy in order not to jeopardize the several shiploads of Argentine and Canadian wheat which we are endeavoring-with great difficulty-to acquire. All of this for the good of the common cause. This will be done in such a way that while the rank and file of our diplomatic service continue keeping the balance in order to obtain the greatest possible quantities of wheat and gasoline, our negotiations will be carried on through our personal contacts and through secret correspondence between the Fuehrer and the Caudillo.
We have in the Canary Islands four batteries, an important group of pursuit planes and machine-gun nests, all of which dispose of the possibility of an English or American landing. One of the bravest generals of our army departed yesterday to take command of the Grand Canary.
We have just finished sending to Morocco two additional divisions under good command. The Caudillo has requested me to inform you of his impression that De Gaulle is preparing an uprising in Oran.
While reiterating the expression of my personal friendship toward you, please be good enough to renew my respects to the Fuehrer, with best wishes for the collaboration of our two peoples for the common good.
RAMÓN SERRANO SUÑER
Source: THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT AND THE AXIS : Documents - DEPARTMENT OF STATE Publication 2483 - EUROPEAN SERIES 8 - Washington, DC : Government Printing Office, 1946. Published online by The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
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