Mercedes-Benz parade and staff cars of the Third Reich, by Blaine Taylor

By Blaine Taylor

Mercedes-Benz cars have been renowned in Germany and have been obviously taken into use by way of a few of the businesses of the 3rd Reich. a lot of those cars look in recognized photos of the period, from pre-war social gathering rallies to the access into Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland to Hitler's departure from Rastenburg after the assassination try out upon him.The writer strains the early heritage and insignia of a few of the predecessors of Mercedes-Benz, culminating within the merger of Mercedes and Benz in 1926.Since Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been visible as symbols of the filthy rich Germany promised through the Nazis, they have been frequently displayed by way of occasion leaders through the years of fight, with G?ring's 1931 roadster being the main recognized instance. The automobiles have been additionally quickly and durable, permitting Hitler and his most sensible affiliates to crusade all through Germany at a pace that stuck his political rivals unprepared.State strength introduced nearly countless assets into the fingers of the Nazi get together, and liberal use of luxurious vehicles have been a part of the spoils of victory. back, a car belonging to Hermann G?ring typifies the period, as a consequence his large Grosser Mercedes six-seat traveling car.The early conflict introduced the automobile's so much colourful second, as a part of Hitler's own gray (or F?hrer) Column, which toured components of Poland at the same time struggling with used to be nonetheless in development. Allied air supremacy quickly made such operations too dangerous, yet Mercedes autos soldiered on with very important kingdom tasks, usually with bullet-proof home windows and low-visibility headlights and infrequently with anti-aircraft computing device weapons mounted.Mercedes-Benz employees automobiles covers intimately the entire types, personalities and demanding occasions within the car background of the 3rd Reich. Blaine Taylor's interesting textual content is supplemented through a unprecedented array of illustrations, from retro-futuristic work of the Nineteen Thirties to unpublished images from the Hermann G?ring, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Eva Braun, and Heinrich Hoffmann files.

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However, some historical photographs used in this book are very rare and the quality of the original print is poor. We have selected many photographs because of their unique historical content, even if the quality was suspect. We hope our readers appreciate the difficulty rendering rare historical photographs. Printed in the United States of America. Detail of a Mercedes-Benz 50th anniversary commemorative poster from 1936, celebrating the invention of the car in 1886.  Below is the famed three-pointed star still known the world over (Photo courtesy the Roger Wychgram Collection, Aberdeen, MD) Page 5 Contents Acknowledgments 7 Preface 9 Chapter One The Saga of Daimler and Benz: Why Hitler Chose Mercedes 15 Chapter Two The Car Types: "Under This Star You Drive Best" 29 Chapter Three Tri-Pointed Star and Swastika: How Hitler Used Mercedes 97 Chapter Four Wartime: "Deeds of World Renown" 167 Bibliography 199 Index 206 Page 6 To my mother, Sara Mildred Gilley mother, father, sage counselor, trusted advisor and friend.

With this new financial security, Carl Benz could now set about designing a "motor carriage," with an engine based on the Otto four-stroke cycle. Unlike Daimlerwho installed his engine in an ordinary carriageBenz designed not only his engine, but the whole vehicle as well. On January 29, 1886, he was granted a patent on it, and on July 3, 1886, he introduced the first automobile in the world to an astonished public. In 1903, Carl Benz retired from active participation in his company. The next year, however, he joined the supervisory board of Benz et Cie, and was a member of Daimler-Benz AG from 1926, when the company was formed, until his death in 1929.

Then World War II broke out, and, just as in the prewar period, many of the above models played a significant role in the conflict. At its close Nazi Germany was no more, the Daimler-Benz plants lay in ruins across the Reich and the Mercedes-Benz automotive products were destroyed, captured, confiscated or lost, many not to be found to this day. The marque might well have passed forever into automotive history save for the fact that a shattered Europe still needed cars to transport people and trucks to move goods.

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