Bizarre case of helping Enemy

September 13th, 2012  

Topic: Bizarre case of helping Enemy

Is anyone aware of instances were a country 'officially' traded with their enemy during war, in terms of matériel?

The case I have just come across was in the middle of WW1. Evidently the British were short of optical equipment, but only German companies could supply large quantities of it in the quality required. Bizarrely the German government didn't only allow this trade but actually withdraw some soldiers from the line to meet the order, some of which was supplied ahead of schedule! Why? Germany had a desperate need for rubber, and a supply was allowed in, both traded through a neutral country Switzerland I think.

This information was mentioned from the 2011 book 'To End all Wars' by Adam Hochschild.

Sometimes I wonder whether these psychopaths actually enjoyed it!
September 14th, 2012  
Quite frankly, I wouldn't be surprised.
September 20th, 2012  
Not quite the same, but I believe Krupp made the steel for British warships immediately prior to WW1.

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