Germans show recycling ingenuity post WWII

Did you ever wonder what happened to all those Nazi helmets? After WWII, the German military, which numbered close to 20 million men, was roundly defeated and disbanded. A principal concern became what to do with the millions of tons of military equipment that was no longer needed or wanted. Much of it was simply destroyed, and tons of weapons were confiscated by the Soviets and used to augment their own arsenals. To this day, arsenals in the former Soviet Union are stockpiled with vintage German WWII weapons.  However, ingenious German entrepreneurs found ways to take the millions of surplus military items, which were basically of no value in their present form and turn them into something useful and peaceful! A 1946 Pathe video shows German ingenuity at its finest and takes recycling to a new level.  Where there is a will, there is a way…

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Steve Corbo

A founding member and corporate secretary of the Italian American Veterans Museum, Steve Corbo is the museum’s curator and a military consultant for Fra Noi. He has served for 25 years as president of S.A. Corbo & Associates Inc., providing professional liability insurance to health care providers. The son and nephew of World War II veterans and a passionate military historian for over 50 years, he has written and published articles on a variety of topics, including military history, and serves as the military consultant for Fra Noi, the Chicago-area Italian-American magazine.

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