Underground factories?

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  1. Lucky13

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    Just wondering if it had made much difference if Hitler Co. had started on their underground factories before the war started, when they what was coming? Say '37 or '38?
     
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    Hitler's factories started receiving hits only after his armed forces were defeated on a large scale (Alamein, Tunis, Stalingrad, Kursk, capitulation of Italy, Battle of Atlantic loss). Plus, underground factories don't solve the problem of vulnerable railways other means of transportation, along with vulnerability of fuel industry.
     
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    That would be defeatist thinking, after all, NO enemy plane was going to fly over the Reich!!

    On a more serious note the underground factories may have been some distance away from the subcontractors or bought in parts suppliers. I believe that some of the underground factories had dampness problems that cause rust and corrosion on both the machine tools and product. In 1938-39 a better bet (assuming the was any money for more factories at all) wold have been above ground factories.
     
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    The Germans never intended to fight a lengthy war and didn't even start to get their economy onto what the western allies would see as a war footing until it was far too late. Why on earth would they have started building such facilities before they'd even started the war? It might have interfered with the domestic production that was keeping the people happy. A shortage of beauty products for Germany's women folk....unthinkable!
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