1941 05 23
Directive No 30
1. The Arab movement of liberation in the Middle East is our natural companion against England. In this context, the importance of raising Iraq is particularly important. It strengthens the British hostile forces in the Middle East beyond the borders of Iraq, disrupts the English connections, and binds English troops and English ships at the expense of other war reserves. I have therefore decided to push forward the development in the Middle East by supporting Iraq. Whether and how the English position between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf - in connection with an offensive against the Suez Canal - will be finally brought to a halt, is only to be decided after Barbarossa.
2. In summary of my individual decisions, I order
The support of Iraq
The posting of a military mission
Assistance by the Luftwaffe
3. The Military Mission (Deckname: Sonderstab F) is submitted to the general of Felmy aircraft. Your tasks are
(A) to advise and support the Iraqi armed forces,
(B) to establish, as far as possible, military connections with England's hostile forces outside Iraq,
(C) to gain experience and documents in this area for the German military power.
The composition of these tasks is governed by the head of the command center of the Wehrmacht. The following applies to the conditions of use:
(A) The Chief of the Military Mission shall be all members of the Wehrmacht to be sent to Iraq, as well as the Syria Command.
(B) The Chief of the Military Mission shall submit to the Head of the Command of the Wehrmacht, with the proviso that orders and directives for the flying units shall be issued exclusively by the Chief Commander of the Luftwaffe.
(C) The Chief of the MiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.