Arming the Luftwaffe: The German Aviation Industry in World by Daniel Uziel

By Daniel Uziel

In the course of global conflict II, aviation was once one of the greatest commercial branches of the 3rd Reich. approximately forty percentage of overall German warfare construction, and million humans, have been excited about the manufacture of plane and air strength gear. in accordance with German files, Allied intelligence reviews, and eyewitness bills, this examine explores the army, political, medical, and social features of Germany's wartime aviation undefined: construction, learn and improvement, Allied assaults, overseas employees and slave hard work, and everyday life and dealing stipulations within the factories. Testimony from Holocaust survivors who labored within the factories presents a compelling new point of view at the heritage of the 3rd Reich.

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S. National Archives and Records Administration). The crankshaft crisis demonstrates one of the main problems affecting late-war aircraft production in Germany. The increasing interdependence of different parts of the industry on supply from outside sources was a symptom of the production of modern and complicated machines. A functioning and well-coordinated network of manufacturers was necessary in order to perform production of such machines. Production of a complete aircraft from beginning to end could not have been taken place in one single factory.

S. National Archives and Records Administration). turing expertise to aircraft production. He established the first of six large “shadow factories” at Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham, taking advantage of the presence of several car manufacturers in this area and therefore of the availability of a relatively large skilled workforce. The factory used production lines similar to those used by the car industry. 75 On the other side of the Atlantic, application of automotive methods to aircraft manufacture was carried even further, but less successfully.

121 In order to promote and administer cooperation with foreign firms the RLM established liasion offices (Verbindungsstelle) within the GL (Generalluftzeugmeister). Each of them supervised the aviation industry of a single country. 122 Besides dealing with outsourcing, the liaison offices also negotiated the production of German aircraft under license by some Axis countries for their own use. Generally, three models of industrial cooperation developed over the next few years. First and less common was that of German firms opening new branches in the occupied countries using existing factory complexes and local manpower.

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