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GustloffWerke
Gustloff-Werke
Country of Origin

Nazi Germany

Location(s)

Weimar, Thuringia, Germany

Founder(s)

Fritz Sauckel

Year of Founding

1936

Year of Closure

Unknown, likely 1945

Fate

Dissolved

Subsidiaries

AGO Flugzeugwerke
REIMAHG

Key People

Otto Eberhardt
Otto Demme

Weapon Types

Firearms

Famous Firearms

Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr

Wilhelm Gustloff Werke, Nationalsozialistische Industriestiftung, better known as Gustloff Werke or Wilhelm-Gustloff-Stiftung, was a Nazi German company.

HistoryEdit

The company was founded by Fritz Sauckel with approval from Adolf Hitler, on May 27, 1936. The original assets of the plant were from the recently expropriated Suhler Simson-Werke. In 1939, a modern plant was built in Weimar, which would later become Gustloff Werke's headquarters. The company was also renamed to Wilhelm Gustloff Werke, Nationalsozialistische Industriestiftung for tax and statutory reasons the same year. Before 1943, another branch of Gustloff Werke was built next to the Buchenwald concentration camp; about 2290 prisoners at the camps were forced to work at said branch. The company later acquired AGO Flugzeugwerke and REIMAHG in 1944. It is not known when the factory was closed, though it was likely closed at the end of World War II as there is no mention of Gustloff Werke after that time.

ProductsEdit

The company was known to have produced the Gustloff Volkssturmgewehr, erroneously known as the VG1-5. The company also produced the Gustloff pistol that never entered service.

ReferencesEdit

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