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Rheinmetall-Borsig AG, Dusseldorf, Germany

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Location Category ID: 1140
Added to Database: 4 April 2010
Last Edited: 4 April 2010
Address: Rather Strasse 31-37, Dusseldorf-Derendorf
Opening Times:
Official Website: Rheinmetall – German
Rheinmetall – English
Other Links: Rheinmetall History
Latitude, Longitude: 51.24671255 , 6.78914845
Location Accuracy: 6
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: Waffenträger leFH 18/40 auf GW III/IV Weapon Carrier (Sole manufacturer 1943)
2: 12.8cm Panzerselbstfahrlafette V Self-Propelled Gun (Two chassis converted 1941)
3: Karl Gerät Self-Propelled Mortar (Sole manufacturer 1940-41)
4: 8.8cm Leichter Einheitswaffenträger Self-Propelled Gun (Manufacturer of Ardelt prototype)
5: Spähpanzer Kette Light Tank (Sole manufacturer)
6: Experimental Prototype - Wiesel (Chassis manufacturer)

On 13 April 1889 Heinrich Ehrhardt, with funding from a consortium of banks, founded Rheinmetall (Rheinische Metallwaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft). In April 1933 Rheinmetall acquired August Borsig GmbH, a company facing liquidation but still one of the most important manufacturers of locomotives in the German Reich at the time. Rheinmetall thereby gained possession of a large plant in the Tegel district of Berlin. Three years later the companies merged to form Rheinmetall-Borsig AG. From the mid 1930s, Rheinmetall-Borsig AG, in common with many other German industrial enterprises at the time, developed and manufactured weapons and ammunition on behalf of the Reich War Ministry. These ranged from machineguns, automatic cannon and antitank guns to Minenwerfer mortars, field howitzers, antiaircraft artillery and railway guns. In 1938 the company moved its headquarters from Düsseldorf to Berlin.

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May 1940

Tank manufacturer at Rheinmetall-Borsig - note Neubaufahrzeug in foreground and Panzer IIIs behind it, Bundesarchiv Collection
1: Tank manufacturer at Rheinmetall-Borsig - note Neubaufah...

Taken: May 1940
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 251
Added: 4 April 2010
Views: 1234
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