May 9th, 2006
Originally Posted by Ollie Garchy
I was referring to this statement: "While most (if not all) of the factories in Germany and the occupied territories were indeed destroyed, Germany maintained an industrial base right up to the end of the war". My answer was, and it is based on the United States Strategic Bombing Survey and the work of economic historians, that very little equipment was destroyed. If that is what you meant by "industrial base", sorry for the correction. None was needed.
The key part of the sentence was "in the occupied territiories". As I undestood it, factories were destroyed or rendered inoperable as the front lines passed over them. On the Eastern Front, they were rendered inoperable as the Russians removed all of the machinery that could be removed, and destroyed the rest. While the Western Allies did not do the same thing, (except, perhaps at Peenumunde and other specific interest sites) I have not heard of any factory of any kind continuing production after the war passed it by. I think the reason that you did not understand what I was saying was my use of occupied. I meant land that was occupied by the Allies, not the Germans. If there were any factories that did continue immediatly afther the Allies took over, I would love to hear about it.
Gotta go to work.....