- Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression
- Volume VI
Translation of document C-59
Fuehrer’s HQ, 19 February 1941
Supreme Command of the Armed Forces
No. 4.4 187/41, Top Secret, WFST/Section L (I Op)
By officer only.
On 18 February the Fuehrer made the following decision regarding the
carrying out of operation “Marita.”
1. The following dates are envisaged:
Commencement of building bridge 28 February
Crossing of Danube 2
The final order for carrying out the operation will be given on 26
February at the latest.
It will be decided on 26 February at the latest whether the XIVth Army
Corps will march into Bulgaria when bridge-building operations are begun
or whether only AA Forces will be moved in.
2. It is for the Bulgarians alone to decide if and when to lay mines off
Varna and Burgas.
3. If air attacks are carried out against Bulgaria and Rumania from
Greek territory, the Xth Air Corps has freedom of action in operations
against Greek territory.
The Chief of the Supreme Command
of the Armed Forces
(signed] : Warlimont
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