The Anglo-German Agreement was a informal alliance signed by the United Kingdom and Germany on 30 February 1940; shortly after the Four Powers treaty was signed. Both powers pledged to assist each other in a conflict with the Soviet Union.
Other powers perceived this to mean that the United Kingdom intended to support Germany against not only the USSR but also against France.
Terms of the Agreement[edit | edit source]
The treaty was drawn up and signed in the English language and later translated into German, whereupon agreement between parties was established and authenticity recognized.
According to the Anglo-German Agreement, the following conditions were settled upon by both governments of the United Kingdom and German Reich:
- Refrainment from hostile actions and/or undertakings against the other party, including:
- Direct or indirect propaganda against the opposing government outside of the borders of each respective country.
- Encouragement of other countries to undertake hostile action against the opposing government.
- Allowance of citizens of the opposing country to return home.
- Removal of trade and economic blockades existing between the two aforementioned countries.
- The only exception would be the regulation of the trade in arms and ammunition.
- The opposing country's ships, with all respective contents including crew and cargo, receive respective privileges and treatments established in accord to all foreign merchant ships. In addition:
- The British government's allowance of free naval navigation to German ships corresponding to the freedoms entitled to ships of other nationalities.
- Information pertaining to the placement of mines be given to the opposing country in order to help establish safe passage for the ships of each respective country.
- Each respective country may nominate a number of its nationals to ensure proper effect be given to the Agreement.
- Persons admitted to withhold this Agreement are at liberty to communicate freely with their respective country.
- Passports and documents of identity shall be treated in the other country as consistent with those issued or certified by authorities of a recognized foreign government.