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Title The German National Railway in World War II
Author Janusz Piekalkiewicz
Publisher Schiffer Publishing
Release 2008
Category History
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9780764330971
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Second World War made the greatest demands on the German Reichsbahn (national railway). Year after year, great quantities of war materiel were transported and almost always delivered. At times the trains rolled over nearly the entire continent of Europe. This heavily illustrated book documents the everyday life along the German rail lines on many war fronts. This is the first book of its kind in English for both the railroad fan as well as the military historian.

Title The Collapse of the German War Economy 1944 1945
Author Alfred C. Mierzejewski
Publisher UNC Press Books
Release 2017-10-10
Category History
Total Pages 306
ISBN 146963970X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this book Alfred Mierzejewski describes how the German economy collapsed under Allied bombing in the last year of World War II. He presents a broad-based, original study of German wartime industry and transportation, and of Allied air force planning and intelligence, including the first complete analysis in English of the German National Railway. The German industrial economy was extraordinarily dependent on the timely, adequate distribution of coal by railroad and inland waterway. The German National Railway in particular was the pivot of the finely balanced armaments production and distribution system created by Albert Speer. But Allied strategists did not immediately recognize this. Only in late 1944, when Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Sir Arthur Tedder built a new strategic consensus, was this vital coal/transport nexus severed. The result was the rapid paralysis of the Nazi war economy. Mierzejewski measures the economic consequences of the bombing by considering broad indices such as armaments and coal production, railway performance, and weapons deliveries to the armed forces. In addition, he shows how individual companies in each of Germany's major economic regions fared. By drawing on previously unexamined files of private German manufacturing companies, the Reich Transportation Ministry, and Allied air intelligence agencies, Mierzejewski creates a rare combination of economic analysis and military history that provides new perspectives on the German war economy and Allied air intelligence.

The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich by Alfred C. Mierzejewski

Title The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich
Author Alfred C. Mierzejewski
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Press
Release 2003-06-19
Category History
Total Pages 274
ISBN 0807860883
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The largest enterprise in the capitalist world between 1920 and 1945, the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German National Railway) was at the center of events in a period of great turmoil in Germany. In this, the second volume of his comprehensive history of the Reichsbahn, Alfred Mierzejewski offers the first complete account of the national railway under Hitler's regime. Mierzejewski uses sources that include Nazi Party membership records and Reichsbahn internal memoranda to explore the railway's operations, finances, and political and social roles from 1933 to 1945. He examines the Reichsbahn's role in German rearmament, its own lack of preparations for war, and its participation in Germany's military operations. He shows that despite successfully resisting Nazi efforts to politicize its internal functions, the Reichsbahn cooperated with the government's anti-Semitic policies. Indeed, the railway played a crucial role in the Holocaust by supporting the construction and operation of the Nazi death camps and by transporting Jews and other victims to them.

Last Train to Auschwitz by Sarah Federman

Title Last Train to Auschwitz
Author Sarah Federman
Publisher University of Wisconsin Pres
Release 2021-05-25
Category History
Total Pages 326
ISBN 0299331709
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During World War II, the French National Railways Corporation (SNCF) deported 75,000 people to Nazi death camps. Last Train to Auschwitz delves into the many roles of the French railways during the Holocaust. Poignant stories of survivors mixed with contemporary legal debates illuminate a company's amends for human rights violations.

Title German Foreign Policy Towards Iran Before World War II
Author Rashid Khatib-Shahidi
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2013-03-19
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1786724685
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Early twentieth-century Iran had been dominated by the competing influences of the two great imperial powers of the time - Russia and Britain - making it difficult for a third power to establish a foothold. But an emergent, highly industrialised and assertive Germany in the 1930s became an attractive ally through which Iran could cut loose from domination by Britain and the Soviet Union, allowing it to seek modernity outside the constraints of old imperial interests. This led to the development of close commercial ties between Reza Shah's Persia and Hitler's Germany in the interwar period, an aspect of German foreign policy that is often overlooked. It was the National Bank of Persia, established in 1927 under German management, and with Kurt Lindenblatt as its governor, that was to be the vehicle for Germany's commercial expansion into Iran. The Bank was a vital engine driving industrialisation, even after Lindenblatt retired and was followed by Gholam Reza Amir-Khosrari and a board of directors including Hossein Ala and Abdul Hossein Hazhir. By the mid-1930s, a new German foreign policy approach of active diplomacy fortified initial inroads into the Iranian economy, building upon the foundations laid by individual entrepreneurs, the National Bank and the construction of the Trans-Iranian Railway. Iran evolved into an attractive country for international trade and, at the outbreak of World War II, Germany was Iran's largest trading partner - surpassing both the Soviet Union and Britain. These close ties reveal a complex relationship between Germany and Iran, and an admiration of the Nazi's brand of industrial, scientific and organisational progress. It was, however, a relationship that came to an abrupt end with the Allied invasion of Iran in 1941 that deposed the Shah. Khatib-Shahidi delves into previously untapped German primary sources to explore the nature of German involvement in Iran between the wars, examining how it came to be moulded by a handful of individuals. This book is a revealing resource on the historical ties between Iran and Germany, making it indispensable for students and researchers of European Imperialism and Colonialism in the Middle East as well as of Iranian Political and Economic History.

Title World War II A Student Encyclopedia 5 volumes
Author Spencer C. Tucker
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2005-02-23
Category History
Total Pages 1795
ISBN 1851098585
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Designed with the more visual needs of today's student in mind, this landmark encyclopedia covers the entire scope of the Second World War, from its earliest roots to its continuing impact on global politics and human society. Over 1,000 illustrations, maps, and primary source materials enhance the text and make history come alive for students and faculty alike. ABC-CLIO's World War II: A Student Encyclopedia captures the monumental sweep of the "Big One" with accessible scholarship, a student-friendly, image-rich design, and a variety of tools specifically crafted for the novice researcher. For teachers and curriculum specialists, it is a thoroughly contemporary and authoritative work with everything they need to enrich their syllabi and meet state and national standards. Ranging from the conflict's historic origins to VJ Day and beyond, it brings all aspects of the war vividly to life—its origins in the rubble of World War I, its inevitable outbreak, its succession of tumultuous battles and unforgettable personalities. Students will understand what the war meant to the leaders, the soldiers, and everyday families on home fronts around the world. Featured essays look at Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, and other crucial events, as well as fascinating topics such as signals intelligence and the role of women in war. A separate primary source volume provides essential source material for homework, test preparation or special projects. With a wealth of new information and new ideas about the war's causes, course, and consequences, World War II will be the first place students turn for the who, what, when, where, and—more importantly—the why, behind this historic conflict. 950 A–Z entries, including lengthy biographies of individuals, studies of battles, details of weapons systems, and analyses of wartime conferences—all of the topics students look for, and teachers and educators need to have for their classes Over 270 contributors, including an unprecedented number of non-U.S. authorities, many from Japan and China, giving students a truly global understanding of the war An inviting design incorporating 600 photographs, including contemporaneous images of individuals, scenes from the front lines, posters, and weapon technologies A separate primary source volume offering a wide array of materials ranging from official documents to personal correspondence An early section of 70 detailed geopolitical and military maps, show students the basic sweep of the war

Title The international relationship of Germany and France and their railway systems
Author Michael Kipp
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release 2012-06-14
Category Political Science
Total Pages 17
ISBN 365621770X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: History of Inernational Relations, grade: 1,3, University of Constance, course: Proseminar Literatur, language: English, abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the Franco-German relationship putting a strong focus on the two different railroad systems. The first two chapters will analyze Germany’s and France’s railroad systems from their early starts until the beginning of the First World War in a compressed way. In the following step, the fourth chapter, both systems will be compared and contrasted to each other. It’s intended to show similarities and differences. A railway network can in general be regarded as a mirror of its national economy. A sustainable growth in a country’s economy can hardly fail to benefit its railroads. In the 19th century Germany’s railroads benefitted from a boosting economy whereas the French economy did not take into the same direction. This had remarkable effects on the commerce via rail and the French railroad network in total.1 This study will not compare the years after 1914 when the railways where primarily used to lead to the front. Each country’s economy and its inner political movements had comparatively minor effects in contrast to the military strategies and decisions. A major challenge will be undoubtedly to fit all the necessary complexity into a single format. Therefore all comparisons shall be divided into three different aspects. At first the administrations of France and Germany shall be put opposite to each other starting with the railroads early years until the beginning of the 20th century. Additionally the two countries’ economies and their effects on the railroad construction will be analyzed. At last the military strategies will be examined, for example during the Franco-Prussian War and the remaining pre-war times. In the 5th chapter current railroad issues of the two countries will be regarded. Mutual interests, alliances, but also rivalries and conflicts are a constant part in the history of two railroad networks, even to this day. They both share mixed railroad systems combining private, public and economic interests. The ultimate 6th chapter will summarize the obtained results.

The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich by Alfred C. Mierzejewski

Title The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich
Author Alfred C. Mierzejewski
Publisher UNC Press Books
Release 2014-03-30
Category History
Total Pages 512
ISBN 1469620200
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The largest enterprise in the capitalist world between 1920 and 1932, the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German National Railway) was at the center of events in a period of great turmoil in Germany. In the first detailed history of this important organization, Alfred Mierzejewski presents a sophisticated analysis of the Reichsbahn's operations, finances, and political and social roles. In addition, he uses the story of the Reichsbahn to gain new perspectives on modern German economic and political history. Mierzejewski describes and analyzes the beginnings of the national railway in Germany and the problems that it faced. He examines the Reichsbahn's noncapitalistic, "commonweal" approach to economic management and shows how the railway was used to hold Germany together, especially in the face of Bavarian particularism. Mierzejewski's account also provides unparalleled insight into Germany's reparations policies, demonstrating that Germany was fully capable of paying the Dawes annuities and that the government's claims that reparations paid by the Reichsbahn hurt both the railway and Germany were groundless. A second volume will cover the period from 1933 to 1945.

German Military Vehicles of World War II by Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage

Title German Military Vehicles of World War II
Author Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
Publisher McFarland
Release 2014-11-18
Category History
Total Pages 220
ISBN 0786462523
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This volume presents a cross-section of the most common transport vehicles produced and used by the German army. Tanks plus auxiliary vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, vans, ambulances, trucks and tractors made it possible for the troops to keep moving. These lightly armored or unarmored vehicles—aka “soft skins”—operated behind the front lines, maintaining supply lines, connecting armies with their home bases, and ultimately determining the outcome of battle. Beginning with the development of military vehicles in the early 1930s, this volume discusses the ways in which this new technology influenced and, to some extent, facilitated Hitler’s program of rearmament. Nomenclature, standard equipment, camouflage and the combat roles of the various vehicles are thoroughly examined. Individual vehicle types are arranged and discussed by the following classifications: cars and motorcycles; trucks and tractors; half-tracks and wheeled combat vehicles. Accompanied by well-researched, detailed line drawings, each section deals with a number of individual vehicles, describing their design, manufacture and specific use.

Title Chinese Railways in the Era of High Speed
Author Zhenhua Chen
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Release 2015-09-07
Category Transportation
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1784419842
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book reflects on experiences in other countries and makes recommendations for improving the capability and capacity of institutions and organizations, in order to achieve sustainable development of the Chinese high-speed railway (HSR) system.

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