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Translation of document C-12

                                                       Berlin, 20.12.39.
Supreme Command of Armed Forces.
WFA No. 22249/39 d.K. Chefs.Abt.L.I.

                                               Ob.d.M.,C/Skl. and 1/Skl.

Re: Conduct of U-boat warfare on Merchant shipping against England.
Ob.d.M. I. op.i/4U. Completed 1.1.40. Enclosures Nil.

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S.O. Only. Access only through officer.

Ob.d.M.
I. op.i/40.
Completed 1.1.40
Enclosures Nil.

On 30.12.89 according to a report of Ob.d.m., the Fuehrer and

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Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces decided that:-

(1) Greek merchant ships in the area around England declared by U.S.A.
to be a barred zone are to be treated as enemy vessels.

(2) In the Bristol Channel, all shipping may be attacked without warning
-- where the impression of a mining incident can be created.

[Pencil note] Too narrowly defined.

Both measures are authorized to come into effect immediately.

                                                  C.-in-C. High Command.
                                                               By Order.
                                                          [signed] JODL.

[Pencil Note] Add to (1) Attack must be carried out without being seen,
the denial of the sinking of these steam-ships in case .the expected
protests are made must be possible. (OKW 2201/40 0 Vol of 7(?) I, 40).
Para. 10(?). Skl I. Op 64/40.

Distribution:
OKM-1 A
OKW
WFA-2A
HWK-3A
Abroad-4A
Ir-5-9A
Inform OKH-10A.
Rdl and Ob.d.L.-11A