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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 50 (July 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. 5-[17] PDF (7.8 MB)


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GERMANY'S
INLAND WATERWAYS
Activity Returns to ExtensiveTra nsportation
System Badly Damaged in Closing Days of War
The ruthless and wanton destruction in-
flicted by the retreating German forces on
their own bridges, barges and facilities of
Germany's inland waterways is slowly but
steadily being repaired to revitalize an im-
portant part of the country's internal com-
munications system.
As waterways are considered to have less
war potential than other means of trans-
portation in Germany, MG seeks to en-
courage the Germans to assume greater ad-
ministrative responsibility for their water
transportation facilities, to rehabitate them
to serve essential carrier requirements.
The picture was a gloomy one on V-E Day
for the German people and for occupational
authorities coming in to help the Germans
to build a democratic way of life. The Ger-
man forces, in their mad retreat before the
Allied armies, had destroyed nearly all the
bridges across the rivers and canals and left
their wreckage blocking the channels. Barges
and tugs were wrecked at docks, along river
banks and in midstream. The locks and dams
in the canal systems were in a shambles:
cranes and port equipment that had survived
Allied bombing were wrecked; harbors were
littered with derelict hulks.
TRANSPORT SYSTEM WRECKED
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