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The Arms of Krupp, 1587-1968 (1969)

av William Manchester

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The Krupp family were the premier German arms manufacturers from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II, producing artillery pieces and submarines that set the standard for effectiveness. This book relates the history of this influential company.
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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
An excellent book about the Krupp family. It begins at the end of the 15th century and the first attempt to establish Krupp in the world of business. It follows the various heads of the family, who were sometimes clever and sometimes naive through the centuries. The story is always intertwined with Krupp's involvement in producing new weapons and shows how Germany became a united nation. These new developments in weapons were always offered and sold both at home and abroad - wherever Krupp could make a good economic or produce a political advantage. The economic support Krupp provided for Hitler when the party was still in its early stages of development undoubtedly helped to establish him and his aims. The Krupps were not the only industrial German family or concern to give Hitler their support, some more eagerly than others, but Krupp turned out to be one of the greatest, more influential, and most loyal. They were the source of Hitler's greatest weapon production. The downfall and substantial accusations came with the end of the Second World War and the imprisonment of the man in charge, Friedrich Krupp . The company was thereafter forbidden to ever produce weapons of war again. In 1967 under the direction of the last chief in charge of Krupp, Friedrich Krupp, the concern was converted from existing as a wholly private ownership to become a limited liability corporation. Profits then from the company flowed into a foundation that was controlled by Berthold Beitz, long after its last owner, Friedrich Krupp ,was dead. The foundation supports social and communal happenings and needs in Essen and the Ruhr area.
Mr. Manchester writes using extremely well-researched facts and still often manages to insert comical sarcasm into his text, My one criticism about the book is that it is too thick and the size of the text is very small - it makes reading difficult and tiring. I could never settle down to read for a lengthy session for this reason! I think the publishers should have decided to produce it in two parts, perhaps? It could have been produced with a larger font which would have made reading much easier. I doubt if anyone who was interested enough would care very much about having to buy two paperbacks instead of one. ( )
  dragonflydancing | Jun 10, 2021 |
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  mjnemelka | Oct 6, 2018 |
Il 3 agosto 1967, quando sotto lo scrosciare della pioggia venne sepolto Alfried, l'ultimo dei Krupp, morirono tre Germanie: la Germania di Bismarck, la Germania guglielmina e la Germania nazista. Fu la fine di una dinastia che per quattrocento anni aveva armato il popolo tedesco e influenzato il corso della storia dell'intera Europa. ( )
  BiblioLorenzoLodi | Aug 29, 2014 |
Very interesting and detailed narrative history of one of the world's (in)famous arms manufacturers. One sees the beginnings of the military-industrial complex which so dominates the story of recent history and crushes all in its wake. Manchester also has a gift for exploring and describing the characters of each of the dictators of the company, with their neuroses, charms, and faults portrayed vividly.

It does run a tad long (which is not a fault to me), but it does get a bit repetitive near the end, and lacks some of the finer engineering points of detail. But this is still a rich narrative history, and very much worth your time if you're interested. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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"The result is an often flawed, some times naive but largely fascinating chronicle whose inflated pretensions as a work of real scholarship are punctured by swarms of errors."
tillagd av generalising | ändraTime Magazine (Dec 20, 1968)
 
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The demolished tunnel was at Herbesthal, twenty miles from the fortress. The saboteurs had achieved a stunning success. Repairs were impossible, and at midnight offloading began, starting with the yard-long shells. This was worse than Essen, because the engineers lacked heavy moving equipment. Trucks broke down. Uhlan steeds were pressed into service; their harnesses snapped. Since the guns had a range of nine miles, they needed to be advanced only eleven, and the roads were good. Nevertheless the backbreaking struggle continued all night and through the next day with a combination of motor vehicles, horses, and detachments of soldiers inching the gun carriages of the Kruppstahl giantesses forward. Late in the afternoon of August 12 one of them was assembled and in position, the brutal black mouth gaping skyward. Its two hundred attendants swarmed over it and then, wearing special padded equipment which protected their vital organs, they huddled on the ground three hundred yards away. At 6:30 P.M. came the command: “Feuer!” An electric switch was turned. The Belgian defenders felt a jarring in the earth so alarming that some wondered whether hell had risen. A Busy Bertha emerged from the bore’s dark mouth, sailed up a mile and, after remaining airborne a full minute struck its target, Fort Pontisse, dead center. Moments later a spiraling cloud of concrete, steel, and human flesh and bone was boiling a thousand feet overhead. Ludendorff had watched this appalling horror, and he entered the choking debris of another strongpoint, Fort Loncin, minutes after it, too, had been hit. Miraculously there were a few survivors. In his memoirs he recalled that…It had been hit by a shell from one of our 42-cm [420-mm] howitzers. The magazine had been blown up and the whole work collapsed. A number of dazed and blackened Belgian soldiers crawled out of the ruins, accompanied by some Germans who had been taken prisoner on the night of August 5-6. All bleeding, they came toward us with their hands up, stammering, “Don’t kill, don’t kill” [Blutend, mit hocherhobenen Handen, kamen sie uns engegen. “Ne pas tuer, ne pas tuer” brachten sie stammelnd hervor]….”Wir waren keine Hunnen,” the general added wryly; “We were no Huns.” He was right, of course; Attila had never dreamed of anything so ghastly. In those days men had still been awed by Plutarch’s description of Archimedes’ huge catapult, which drove the Romans away from Syracuse by throwing 1,800 –pound stones at them; the Roman commander, confounded, had said, “Archimedes really outdoes the hundred-handed giants of mythology.” But that had been a slingshot. Krupp’s new siege gun was a weapon of mass murder. The Belgians waiting in their reinforced concrete bunkers, which they had been told would resist any direct hit from any projectile, would hear the shriek of a Busy Bertha homing on them. Then the shell would penetrate the steel-buttressed cement and the delayed action fuse would set off the ton of explosive. Hour after hour this nightmare went on, until the maze of subterranean corridors linking the thirty mile redoubts became choked with gas, fire, and men who, one witness later recalled, had become “hysterical, even mad, in awful apprehension of the next shot.”
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The Krupp family were the premier German arms manufacturers from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II, producing artillery pieces and submarines that set the standard for effectiveness. This book relates the history of this influential company.

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