Diplomatic Politeness

Posted on May 10, 2012


In a 1936 message to the German Foreign Ministry, the German ambassador at Rome stressed, in the most polite way, the need for caution in assessing Italy’s dubious military capabilities in the eventuality of a world war on Germany’s side:

At any rate, we have cause for taking the most cool-headed view of the ratios of strengths and, for this purpose, also for taking into consideration the peculiar military and organisational character of the Italians.

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