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Telegram from Rahn to the German Foreign Ministry, Ident. LATS 0437 from the 5/12/1942

Date:

05.12.1942

Location:

ביזרט, תוניס, תוניסיה

Personality:

Habib Bourguiba, Rudolf Rahn

Idea:

Bizerte-conflict, German-French Relations, military movements

Organization:

Allied forces in Tunisia, Destour, Doriot-Movement, French military in Tunisia, French Residency, Tunisian Civilians

Archive:

political archive of the foreign ministry

Case number:

Rahn_Nov42_page 18-24

Description

Language: German

Document from the Foreign Ministry, titled “Geheime Kommandosache” containing a telegram from Rahn, send through the German Embassy in Paris, in which he describes the current situation in Tunis regarding five points: 

  1. destabilization of Tunis after the withdrawal of French troops and passivity of the Residential Government, expecting an Allied win
  2. stronger reliance on newly organized youth groups like the Doriot movement as auxiliary police and authority over the media
  3. repeated request about Rahn’s plans to clear Bizerta
  4. intent on establishing armed Arab forces in cooperation with Desturian-Movement, which would be facilitated by the release of leaders, especially Habib Bourguiba
  5. necessity to destabilize enemy territories to prevent material-superiority of Allies
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