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Old 05-12-2014, 11:44 PM   #286
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Lightbulb A.E.G. Avoids the Bombs in World War II

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By 1939 the German electrical industry had become closely affiliated with two U.S. firms: International General Electric and International Telephone and Telegraph.. The largest firms in German electrical production and their affiliations listed in order of importance were...

Firm and Type..
of Production Percent of German
1939 production U.S. Affiliated

Heavy Current Industry..

General Electric (A.E.G. ) 40 percent International General Electric
Siemens Schukert A.G. 40 percent None
Brown Boveri et Cie 17 percent None
Telephone and Telegraph
Siemens und Halske 60 percent None
Lorenz A.G. 85 percent I.T.T

(A.E.G. after 1941) 60 percent International General Electric
Lorenz 35 percent I.T.T.
Wire and Cable
Felton & Guilleaume A.G. 20 percent I.T.T.
Siemens 20 percent None
A.E.G. 20 percent International General Electric..

In other words, in 1939 the German electrical equipment industry was concentrated into a few major corporations linked in an international cartel and by stock ownership to two .major U.S. corporations. This industrial complex was never a prime target for bombing in World War II. The A.E.G. and I.T.T. plants were hit only incidentally in area raids and then but rarely. The electrical equipment plants bombed as targets were not those affiliated with U.S. firms. It was Brown Boveri at Mannheim and Siemensstadt in Berlin — which were not connected with the U.S. — who were bombed. As a result, German production of electrical war equipment rose steadily throughout World War II, peaking as late as 1944. According to the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey reports, "In the opinion of Speers' assistants and plant officials, the war effort in Germany was never hindered in any important manner by any shortage of electrical equipment..One example of the non-bombing policy for German General Electric was the A. E.G. plant at 185 Muggenhofer Strasse, Nuremburg. Study of this plant's output in World War II is of interest because it illustrates the extent to which purely peacetime production was converted to war work. The pre-war plant manufactured household equipment, such as hot plates, electric ranges, electric irons, toasters, industrial baking ovens, radiators, water heaters, kitchen ovens, and industrial heaters.. In 1939, 1940 and 1941, most of the Nuremburg plant's production facilities were used for the manufacture of peacetime products. In 1942 the plant's production was shifted to manufacture of war equipment. Metal parts for communications equipment and munitions such as bombs and mines were made. Other war production consisted of parts for searchlights and amplifiers...

Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft (AEG) (German: "General electricity company") was a German producer of electrical equipment founded in 1883 by Emil Rathenau. The company was headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany..The company originated in 1882, when Emil Rathenau acquired licences to use some of Thomas Edison's lamp patents in Germany.. The Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft ("German Edison Company") was founded in 1883 with the financial backing of banks and private individuals, with Emil Rathenau as company director.. must be on stage when the curtain falls..When I meet Eisenhower, should I give the Nazi salute, or shake his hand?..
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