August 22, 1941: From the Diary of Rear Admiral Giichi Nakahara:
Germany has just finished the occupation of the areas west of the Nedoniapro River, captured many ships at the Nikolaiefski Naval Port: Odessa is going to fall. At the same time, Germany has begun to take the offensive in Northern Russia. Since the interview between the leaders of the US and England on the Atlantic Ocean, the atmosphere is growing to result in the alliance of England, the United States, and Russia. Talks will be held in Moscow at the beginning of September. The US is carrying on a propaganda activity that she is supporting Russia by supplying the latter with gasoline. Rumors run that oil tankers are headed for Vladivostok. But I wonder if it is true or not.
Another rumor says that they were sent forward to the Persian Gulf. England and Russia are putting strong pressure upon Iran. But the Shah of Iran will not respond to this. Russo-Japanese Relations: Japan will observe neutrality so long as Russia will not threaten Japan...Our reinforcement of our armed forces in Manchuria does not mean any step against Russia. Concerning this Russia is very understanding, but the question is the Tripartite Agreement.
Interview of the British Premier and the US President—uncertain. The US Supports Russa: It would be better for us to warn the US that the American support of Russia is quite troublesome. Our information Bureau had better be silent. Thailand: Since the Japanese occupation of Thailand, Germany is in a different position that has been caused by the relations between Japan, England and the US. It will not be long before Thailand cannot maintain friendship with Japan. The promises that have been made between the two countries will be abandoned by degrees. The Thailand Cabinet is going to be pro-England. ...Dutch East Indies: DEI has refused most of our demands to give us oil. Repatriation of American people in Japan is now under consideration. (Dillon)
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