Speech by German Reichsfuhrer SS to officers of a Volksgrenadier Infantry Division, 29/8/1944
REEL 1: Reasons behind visit; comparison of German military achievements in both World Wars; reference to Lloyd George's appraisal of Allied situation in November 1918; reasons why Germany lost war; Russians as opponents; references to Warsaw uprising and Soviet occupation of Romania; Soviet/British discord over relative spheres of influence; situation in Italy and France; efficacy of V1s; predicted collapse of Allies' coalition.
REEL 2 Continues: Importance of unconditional loyalty; significance of race laws; necessity for obedience; correct procedure where order believed to be based on incorrect information; significance of true comradeship; punishment for offenders; need for industriousness and attention to duty.
REEL 3 Continues: Consequences of inadequate defence positions; exhortation to officers to kill as many enemies as possible; reference to lack of experienced officers; importance of role played by individual; necessity for truthfulness in reports; bravery of troops exemplified by Generaloberst Hausser; historical examples of Germans overcoming adversity; creation of Greater Germany.
REEL 4 Continues: Prediction of eastwards extension of Reich; necessity for audience to show themselves worthy sons of the people and officers of Hitler. Unidentified: closing remarks. Sieg Heil. Contemporary discussion of recording.