Volkswagne plant 1945

WW2 US Bomb Found In Volkswagen Factory In Wolfsburg

An unexploded World War 2 American bomb was found in Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant. It was soon defused by experts.

Last month, construction workers found four pieces of unidentified metal in the factory. Out of these, one of them turned out to be a 400 pound unexploded ariel bomb dropped by the Americans on the factory during the war. Many unexploded bombs have been found in the factory over the years but they were easily defused thanks to modern technology and the fact that these bombs contain no complicated softwares.

Volkswagen Kuebelwagen
During the war, the plant produced military cars like the Kuebelwagen and repaired warplanes

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The factory employs 60,000 people while the town is home to 125,000 people. It was built in 1938 under the Nazi regime in the town, which was then called Stadt des KdF-Wagens bei Fallersleben, which is “KdF Car City” when translated. The factory was set up to produce the Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the People’s car, under the orders of Adolf Hitler. But during the war, it stopped producing the Beetle and instead started producing Kübelwagen, amphibious Schwimmwagens and other military vehicles. It also manufactured aircraft supplies and repaired warplanes. This made it a target for the allied forces and it was bombed many times.

After the war, the first Volkswagens rolled out only after the British took over the plant in 1946. It was handed over to the German government only in 1949. The factory, at 5 square kilometres, is one of the largest and most advanced car factories in the world. It manufactures the Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan and the Touareg. It produces around 3,800 cars everyday. The plant produced 815,000 cars last year.

Volkswagne Wolfsburg plant 1945
Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant in 1945

Factory officials say that production of these cars won’t be affected. Search operation for more bombs continue at the plant.


Source – Road and Track

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