Free read Taking Nazi Technology Allied Exploitation of German Science after the Second World War
Feated Germany seeking industrial secrets and the technical personnel who could explain them Swarms of investigators recruited from industry military branches and intelligence agencies invaded Germany's factories and research institutions They seized or copied all kinds of documents from patent applications to factory production data to science journals They uestioned hired and sometimes even kidnapped hundreds of scientists engineers and other technical personnel They studied technologies from aeronautics to audiotapes toy making to machine tools chemicals to carpentry euipment They took over academic libraries jealously competed over chemists and schemed to deny the fruits of German invention to any other land―including that of their alliesDrawing on dec.
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During the Second World War German science and technology posed a terrifying threat to the Allied nations Combined with Germany's generations old reputation for excellence in science and engineering these advanced weapons which included rockets V 2 missiles tanks submarines and jet airplanes gave troubling credence to Nazi propaganda about forthcoming wonder weapons that would turn the war decisively in the Axis' favor After the war ended the Allied powers raced to seize intellectual reparations from almost every field of industrial technology and academic science in occupied Germany It was likely the largest scale technology transfer in historyIn Taking Nazi Technology Douglas M O'Reagan describes how the Western Allies gathered teams of experts to scour de.
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Lassified records O'Reagan looks at which techniues worked for these very different nations as well as which failed―and why Most importantly he shows why securing this technology how the Allies did and when they did still matters today O'Reagan argues these programs did far than spread German industrial science they forced businessmen and policymakers around the world to rethink how science and technology fit into diplomacy business and society itself A deeply researched comparative history of the American British French and Soviet efforts to control and exploit German science and technology amid fierce internal and external competition Taking Nazi Technology is the first history to capture the whole picture of this crucial period at the dawn of the Cold W.