Bauxite for the German war machine

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The Giant Chemical works, has a dark history with its Nazi past and its production of synthetic Bauxite, during ww2 the alloy was used for Aircraft production.

 

The Blockade of Germany (1939–1945) also known as the Economic War, was carried out during the Second World War by Great Britain and France in order to restrict the supplies of minerals, metals, food and textiles Germany needed to sustain its war effort. While mainly consisting of a naval blockade, the economic war, which formed part of the wider Battle of the Atlantic, also included the preclusive buying of war materials from neutral countries to prevent them going to the enemy, and the widespread use of strategic bombing.

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A news paper report from April 25th 1935,  Bauxite Trade plan to Hamper Berlin
A French decision to forbid exports of Bauxite raw material from which aluminum is made, served today to emphasize difficulties the Nazis are having in their efforts for military self sufficiency, determined to bring Germany back to the level of Europe’s great powers, Adolph Hitler aggressive administration is finding the marshaling of war materials, more trouble than the mobilization of men, France’s ban on Bauxite shipments, newspapers, and experts pointed out must seriously hamper the self sufficiency program since Germany producing no Bauxite herself, has been buying half her supply from France.

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The Nazis did not give up because they couldn’t get there grubby hands on any bauxite, they found a way to manufacture a   synthetic Bauxite to carry on Aircraft production, after the war it went back to being a cement – concrete works till 1999.

Now it has a more glamorous role as a film location, with films such as Hunger games Mokingjay, Enemy at the gates, Monuments men, to name but a few, when I got in there they had recently been filming the American TV series Homeland, as you will see in some of the photos, I stumbled upon some left posters on walls, this place was breathtaking such big awesome buildings, when I walked around it looked just like it had been blown up by an air raid.

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