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1933 Hitler appoints Todt to build autobahn

Fritz Todt was appointed general inspector for German highways on this day in 1933. His primary assignment: to build a comprehensive autobahn system. Todt, a civil engineer who was a proponent of a national highway system as a means of economic development, was handpicked for the position in 1932 by Adolf Hitler. The two men were close friends, and Todt remained a Nazi party member throughout World War II. By 1936, 100,000 kilometers of divided highways had been completed, leaving Germany with the most advanced transportation system in the world. Todt estimated in a 1936 speech that "170,000,000 cubic meters of earth have been moved. This would fill a line of trucks extending around the earth four times." He concluded his speech with an exhortation to the German people typical of Nazi party propaganda. "They are roads unequaled anywhere else in the world in their technical excellence and beauty. Is this a work of technology? No! Like so much else, it is the work of Adolf Hitler!" The autobahns were, in fact, the envy of the industrialized world and a source of both anxiety and awe for Europeans. A Danish newspaper declared, "They are the expression of a national energy that compels the greatest admiration." What few suspected was that the German road system was the first step to their conquest of Western Europe, as the autobahns allowed the Germans to move troops and personnel faster and in greater numbers than anyone could have imagined. The ease with which the German army moved into France owes much to its facility to mobilize and shift troops faster than the French could. Todt became a national hero for his creation, and the autobahn inspired U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster a similar American interstate highway system. Having been in Germany during the war, he returned to the United States deeply convinced that good highways were directly linked to economic prosperity.
 

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stevemon said:
Having been in Germany during the war, he returned to the United States deeply convinced that good highways were directly linked to economic prosperity.
Talk about an understatement..
 

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Man... I love the autobahn. Great system. With the right rules and driver's who understand the importance of following rules to do those speed, it's truly a great piece of engineering.

I have and always will enjoy driving on the German highways.

BTW, my avatar is the symbol for the autobahn, in case ya wondered.
 

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I was listening to the radio the other day and it was mentioned that this was the 50th anniversary of the interstate act or what ever Ike signed back than.


BTW Hitler was copying what the Romans did 2200 years earlier.
 

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I had a chance to drive on the autobahn last month. Really cool as Chris said, but it was too bad that the rental car we had would only go 210kph (130.5mph)
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Nothing like making a 100 mile trip in under an hour....Favorite part of my trips over there are running up the 'bahns in the speed free zones..Sadly, even the teutonic engineering cant save them from HUGE traffic jams around the big cities anymore...

Banning: Rent a TDI C or E Class Benz, they will get you there FAST :eek!:

If only we had to go through what the average German does to get a license, there would probably be alot better drivers in this country and be able to support the high speed driving
 

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A license in this country doesn't mean you know how to drive, it just means you paid the tax to drive.
 

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TTA89 said:
A license in this country doesn't mean you know how to drive, it just means you paid the tax to drive.

A license in this country is a joke. They REALLY need make everyone take the test like Germany's. We'd either have a lot better drivers or less idiots on the road (or at least we'd have idiots wihout licenses).
 

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what are the rules of the autobhan?

what do germans have to do to get a license?
 

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That's a fairly long answer. I'll answer in the morning.
 
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