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"RSL" (Reichsverkehrgruppe- Spedition & Lagerei)

Stock # 1454
Category: Books, Autobahn & Reichsbahn
Price: $245.00

WOW-! THE reference for pre-war Third Reich interstate and intra-state commerce/ transportation, down to the most minute detail- even filling out a train crate/freight card for special Reichsbahn commercial rates offered various mid-size commercial businesses and private/ non-profit organizations.
Every printed word in this 500+ volume is af value to the historian/researcher.
Every conceivable phase of moving/ transporting industry - the whole of the Third Reich's commerce- the whole of the Reich's economic Four Year Plan.

Ingenious methods are applied and a wide range of every kind of vehicle used.
Then, in typical German efficiency, each task is sub-divided, thus allowing for the largest organizations to run in perfect synchronization with other important organizations of equal and immense size
(which are then subsequently broken down into an efficient stations of it's own).
Trucks, ships, buses, wagon, railway, aircraft, special private couriers and armed couriers, etc.
Special couriers only handling certain materials or specific regions, etc.
Location of all shipping yards, docks, mobile loaders, carriers, underground transportation and storage, etc.
There is one 'lightning fast' company of the day which was the equivalent of today's Fed Ex. It advertised itself being the only company in a class of it's own to be able to deliver multiple thousands of tons of freight, from Berlin to Konigsberg (which requires land transport and dock loading, then shipping cargi through the free State of Danzig and into Konigsberg)---in 3 days-!!!

City, after city, company by company, specialty by specialty- it's all here- with special illustrated chapters on the Reichsbahn and shipping and aircraft give us visually stimulating detailed maps of various key shipping city loading dock/ shipping traffic areas.


There is much to say about the Reichsautobahn as well, especially all it's insightful thoughts into the future growth of key cities like Berlin, where special Todt projects like "BEHALA" (Berliner-Wasserstraken, Berliner-Hafen" are beautifully illustrated and broken down for review. (Key little gold nugget piece of history here for Reichsautobahn fans).
Lastly, there's a commercial envelope with letterhead invoice (Feb 20, 1943) for the book itself to the firm Max Birkhauser in Troisdorf (from the "Reichs-Adressbuch der Spediteure, Mobelspediteure und gewerblicken Lagerhalter Deutschlands" (RSL), for the sum of 10-Reichsmark-50.

An absolute masterpiece of research and a life-long companion-! Seriously, the only book you will need on the subject-!

For historians/researchers studying the U.S. reports regarding the effect their 24-7 bombing raids had on German "industry", this book is most useful (and certain proves what has been stated all along about the allied bombings- even by the allies themselves; that is, it was to terrorize and blow into tiny bits of flesh, the German civilian population; that is-women, children, elderly and the sick. A concentrated effort was however, made to hit the railway tracks and, by 1945, 93% were unusable (refer to "The Effects of Strategic Bombing on the German War Economy" by the U.S. Army's 'Overall Economic Effects Div., " Oct 31, 1945).
Food and medicine, if needed and outside walking distance, was simply unattainable.
Real pre-soviet and pre-allied photos exist of camps and it's near-by towns, looking as sickly and hungry as the POWs (who were already struggling at a deficit by being thoughtlessly given below daily-minimum- required rations before the train tracks were blown-up-!).
Town-folks hated the ally pilots for killing their children with 24-hour non-stop fire bombs, and invading communists from the east were equally out-raged to see their komrads starving in pow camps.

An article in a recent European magazine I read at an airport last year, sized WWII up like this:

"Like a messy divorce, only the middle-man wins in battle, in the case of WWII, the international bankers, who swear no allegiance to any country and own-operate most the largest munition factories across the globe and sell arms to both fighting sides. Their banks and top-life insurance companies provide services rendered for a compounded interest bearing fee. --and of course they are well protected by both their buy-off money and their global bullet-proof Press, which protects their blood business from any government investigation from war-weary, peace-seeking honest citizens looking to stop the problem at it's source and viciously labeling them as a subversive racial-hating group."