Memorandum by an Official of Economic Policy Division V
Berlin, May 21, 1940.
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According to information received from the Special Train, the Foreign Minister has discussed with the Führer the question of arms deliveries to Finland.1 The Führer has decided that arms deliveries to
Finland are at present out of the question. I could not be foreseen
at the moment when this attitude might undergo a change.
The OKW, War Economy and Armaments Office (Commander
Koch) and the Ministry of Economics (Ministerialrat Ludwig) have
been informed by telephone of the Führer's decision.
1 The inquiry to Hitler evidently derived from a meeting of the Commercial
Policy Committee on May 16, the Minutes of which reported the following points
on Finland (5382/E361672-73):
"Herr Schnurre reported on his conversations with the Finnish Government
in Helsinki and on the agenda for the forthcoming negotiations with Finland.
"Finland will resume in full the copper deliveries of 11,000 tons net annually;
there is some prospect that these deliveries may be further increased by 50
percent- It will probably become necessary, in return, also to supply war material to the Finns at least in a limited amount. The military aspect of the
question will be studie by the OKW, as soon as details of the Finns' wishes are
available. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry will ascertain whether the authoritative quarters have any objections, on political grounds, to war material
being supplied to Finland."
Sources: Documents on German foreign policy 1918-1945, Series D, IX, Nr. 293. Akten zur deutschen auswärtigen Politik 1918-1945, Serie D. Band IX, 293.