Staff leader case.
For officers only.
Distribution: Group Nord........1st copy.
Naval Liaison Officer with Army Group Nord........2nd copy.
1. To achieve clarity in the Naval War Fleet's
measures in the event of the capture or surrender of Petersburg, the
Chief of the Staff of the Naval War leadership raised the question of
further war measures as regards this city with the General War Command.
This document informs about the answer.
2. Der Fuhrer decided to wipe the city of Petersburg
off the face of the earth. After the defeat of Soviet Russia there is no
interest in the further existence of this large population
concentration. Finland has also made known that it has no interest in
the future existence of the city in the immediate vicinity of its new
3. The General War Command knows about the Naval War
Fleet's previous request that shipyards, ports and other important naval
installations be preserved. However, the satisfaction of this demand
does not appear to be possible in light of the general line as regards
4. It is proposed to blockade the city tightly, and
through artillery shelling with all calibres and uninterrupted air
bombardment, level it with the ground.
If as a consequence of the following situation in the city requests
about surrender are made, they will be denied, as the problems of
defending and feeding the population cannot and shall not be solved by
us. From our side, in this war for life and death, there is no interest
in keeping even a part of the population of this large city.
Added with pencil: In the event of necessity, a forced evacuation to the
east of Russia might be carried out.
5. Consequences of the already commencing annihilation
of Petersburg, that is, already executed or prepared organisational and
personnel measures, are being worked out by the General War Command, and
corresponding supplementary instructions will be given. If the group
commanders have any suggestions, I ask them to send them as soon as
possible to the Naval War Command.
Translated from German by Colonel S. Rozenblat.