TheHossbach memorandum comprises of minutes that were written by Colonel Hossbach.
The minutes document the proceedings of a meeting that was held on 5th November1937 in the Reich Chancellery, Berlin Germany. Present at the meeting was AdolfHitler, powerful ministers in his cabinet such as Field Marshal von Blomberg,the war minister, as well as military commanders. Upon reading the entire memorandumcarefully, it is clear that the meeting was never a plan for starting a war butsimply an assessment of the preventive measures that Germany, as a nation wouldembrace in the event of future conflicts. According to the memorandum, Hitlerhad intentions of making Germany the dominant power in central Europe. However,he was aware that the objective would not be achieved easily. Hitler knew thatFrance and Britain were great rivals of Germany and any attempt by the nationto assert economic domination was likely to result in war.
Awareof the fact that his plan of establishing German hegemony was likely to encounteropposition, Hitler summoned the conference so as to present his views on theissue and establish ideal strategies that the nation should embrace in theevent that such attacks occur in the future. In the memorandum, Hitler allegesthat, in the future, France was likely to declare war on Germany. Hitler alsonotes that Czechoslovakia was an ally of France and that, in the event of aFranco-German war, it might also use the opportunity to attack Germany from therear.Inmy opinion, the Hossbach memorandum says nothing about Germany waging war onother nations; on the contrary, it only talks about the necessary actions thatthe nation will take in the event that they are attacked. For instance, Hitlerbelieved that any intervention by Russia would be countered by Japan.
Additionally, he had the assumption that Poland would not act for fear ofRussia.