Reichsautobahnen in Third Reich

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Reichsautobahnen in Third Reich

Post by Boby » 26 Mar 2005 19:36

The total kilometers of Autobahn constructed during the Third Reich was?

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Post by David Brown » 27 Mar 2005 00:31

Good job I got here before the jokers did elsewise you'd have ended up with a ream of posts saying "I dunno", "I give up...what was it?" or "Giz a clue Boby" :lol:

Hitler's autobahn construction began in September 1933 under the direction of chief engineer Fritz Todt. The 14-mile expressway between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, which opened on May 19, 1935, was the first section completed under Hitler. By December 1941, when wartime needs brought construction to a halt, Germany had completed 2,400 miles (3,860 km), with another 1,550 miles (2,500 km) under construction.


http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/reichs.htm

I hope this helps Boby.

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Post by reichpilot » 27 Mar 2005 01:31

Thanks David! That was a very interesting read.

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Post by Boby » 27 Mar 2005 09:31

Thanks David

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Reichsautobahn in colour

Post by Knut Hamsun » 27 Mar 2005 09:55

Two nice pictures of the Reichsautobahn - A 8 !!!
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Post by Knut Hamsun » 27 Mar 2005 09:57

And another one!
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Post by Knut Hamsun » 27 Mar 2005 10:34

And another one!
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Post by Boby » 27 Mar 2005 10:55

Excelent pictures, Thanks.

This is a cover of a Book:
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Post by spirit.of.sacrifice » 27 Mar 2005 11:00

that a new book? if so...you got an ISBN number for me, if you please? :)

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Post by Boby » 27 Mar 2005 11:29

Hi audial

ISBN 3922561128

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No new book, published in 2002!

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Re: Reichsautobahn

Post by Geoff Walden » 28 Mar 2005 13:30

Knut Hamsun wrote:And another one!


Hallo Knut,

I have heard that the Fanget An! monument is now somewhere near Irschenberg (not at its original location). Maybe this is just the base of the monument. Does anyone know if this is true, and WHERE it is?

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Post by Landser » 29 Mar 2005 14:42

Boby wrote:Excelent pictures, Thanks.

This is a cover of a Book:
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The pic seems like the Salzburg Autobahn with a Ford Eifel Cabro and a Munich tag.

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Autobahn Architecture

Post by Swordsman » 18 Nov 2005 13:12

I understand that Hitler intended to beutify his Autobahns with monuments and pillars. Does anyone have pictures of these at all?

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Re: Autobahn Architecture

Post by Geoff Walden » 27 Nov 2005 19:33

Swordsman wrote:I understand that Hitler intended to beutify his Autobahns with monuments and pillars. Does anyone have pictures of these at all?


Josef Thorak's "Denkmal der Arbeit" (Monument to Work) was supposed to be placed in the Autobahn median at the crossing into Austria near Salzburg (now A8). It was never installed, but I believe the base (or part of it) was erected at the site.

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Post by Swordsman » 13 Jan 2006 14:07

Modern architects such as Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950) and Peter Behrens, both opponents of the National Socialist Party, were allowed to continue to design, at least for a while. Some, like Paul Bonatz, who was not a member of the Party, and Werner March (1894-1976), were not, at least in the beginning, opposed to modern solutions. German Bestelmeyer (1874-1942) and Paul Ludwig Troost were stern defenders of the new architectural theories, based on historical styles; Paul Schmitthenner (1884-1972) pursued a vernacular architecture.

What soon united National Socialist views on architecture was the rejection of a modern style. A quaint vernacular style for housing and a monumental style for public buildings became the order of the day. In the future there will be no more boxes for living, no churches that look like greenhouses, no glasshouse on top of columns ..... built as a result of professional incompetence. No prison camps parading as workers' homes, subsidised by public money. Get compensation money from those criminals who enriched themselves with these crimes against national culture, wrote the famous Bettina Feistl-Rohmeder, castigating the modern Siedlungen -- multiple dwelling complexes of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Bruno Taut, and other representatives of the modern movement. (Bettina Feistl-Rohmeder, Was die Deutschen Künstler von der neuen Regierung erwarten, 1933, in Im Terror des Kunstbolschewismus, Karlsruhe, 1938.)

In architecture, Jews and communists were barred from the official Chamber Of Architects, which meant they had little chance of building anything. In an open competition for a design for the State Bank, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and Hans Pölzig submitted entries. The winner selected by Hitler was Heinrich Wolff. His proposal, traditional in its form, modern in its construction, shows what was the favoured Party style.

The National Socialists did not wholly reject modern technology. They often used the most advanced building techniques hidden behind neoclassical facades. In the same way as Hitler liked to show off the technical advances made by Germany in the field of cars, cameras, and aeroplanes, so he also boasted of technical advances in architecture. The rise of Germany since National Socialism took power is unique. Our constructions are the most exemplary of their kind. The precision of German workmanship does not have to fear anything done by foreign countries; on the contrary, it is technically the very best, stated Hitler, opening a motor show.

The motorways became one of the best examples of modern technology and design and were much admired by foreign countries, a fact Hitler never ceased to stress. The British press says, The German motorways are second to none and lead the world. The Dutch say, We are filled with admiration for this great German achievement. Yugoslavia: As the pyramids record the history of the Pharaohs, so too the motorways will remind the German Folk forever of the most extraordinary figure in its history. A man of the Folk who single handed, with no other help, by virtue of his own will has created a new German Reich, went the commentary in a documentary film about the new German highways. The motorways were another symbol of the glorious and relentless advancement of the National Socialist Movement. It inspired such verses as:

A ribbon of stone does span our land,
A Folk has built with all its might,
Stands ready now for a new fight.
The Leader's mind did think it out,
A faithful Folk brought it about.
A triumph of power, the work is done.
The first battle has been won.
A Folk free of want and shame,
The future calls with higher aim.
The Leader gives us faith again.

(Commentary from the film Beim Bau der Autobahn, Bundesarchiv Koblenz.)

Automobile highways were the best means of giving people work and of getting the economy going. But most of all they were seen as yet another achievement to boost the confidence of the Nation, elevating it into a powerful symbol. The new German automobile highway network is not only in its concept the most powerful in the world but also the most exemplary. It will help more than anything else to bind the Regions and the States and force them into a unity. The documentary film in which Hitler made this statement brought the message home. In it workers proudly proclaimed to the interviewing reporter: Tell the people at home that we are building bridges unlike any that existed before, and that we all work together, and that we know what is at stake. (Commentary from the film Beim Bau der Autobahn, Bundesarchiv Koblenz.)
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