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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 49 (July 1946)

General,   pp. 30-32 PDF (1.5 MB)


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tion of the mutilated notes, and a report on
the destruction and replacement of such notes
shall be included in the quarterly reports on
Allied Military marks.
Supplying the Occupation
Resources Boards, consisting of represent-
atives olf MG and of the military occupation
forces, have been established by the OMGUS
Economics Division. The purpose and func-
tioning, of the boards were explained as
follows:
"Because of the critical shortages of coal,
transportation and many essential raw ma-
terials, the current rate of production in the
US Zone -of Germany is only a fraction of
the rate considered necessary to maintain a
minimum standard of living for the civilian
population. Housing and other necessary fa-
cilities are grossly inadequate, and many
types of skilled labor are in extremely short
supply. Accordingly, in providing from the
German economy the housing, technically-
skilled labor and certain other requirements
and facilities for the use of the occupational
forces, it is extremely important that due
consideration be given to the essential re-
quirements of the German civilian population
which must also, to the maximum extent pos-
sible, be provided from the German economy.
"In establishing the Resources Boards, a
procedure has been set up for weighing the
US military requirements against the mi-
nimum German civilian requirements in those
cases where facilities are insufficient to pro-
vide for both. In all such cases the effect of
the military procurement on the German ci-
vilian economy can be fully presented and
examined before final action is taken."
"The Resources Boards have been estab-
lished at three levels within the US Zone of
Germany. The zonal board is composed of
the Director of the Economics Division of
OMGUS, the Assistant Chief of Staff of G-4,
USFET and, as a member without vote, the
Assistant Chief of Staff of G-5, USFET. A
Resources Board for each of the three Lands
in the US Zone will consist of the Land Di-
rector of Military Government and a repre-
sentative of the Military Command selected
by AC of S, G-4, USFET. As needs indicate,
local Resources Boards are being located
throughout the three Lands so as to be
readily available and accessible to all military
agencies. When a lower level board is un-
able to reach -an agreement, the case is re-
ferred to the next higher board. Should the
Zone Resources Board disagree, the final de-
cision would rest with the Theater Com-
mander."
"It is anticipated that as the boards be-
come fully operative, the essential require-
ments of the occupational forces that must or
can best be provided from the German econ-
omy can be met without imposing a greater
burden on the German economy than ab-
solutely necessary."
Gift Packages Arrive
The first shipment of gift packages from
the United States destined for the US Zone
of Germany and containing items for the
relief of human suffering arrived at Bremen
on 25 June 1946 aboard the U. S. S. Ameri-
can Banker.
This shipment comprising 8,141 sacks con-
taining 41,000 parcels was made under
authorization of 1 June 1946 inaugurating
one-way parcel post service from the United
States to the US Zone of Germany.
The new service will help ease the food
problem for civilians living in the US Zone
inasmuch as non-perishable foodstuffs may
be sent by individuals in the US. Other
authorized articles include clothing, soap,
lawful medical supplies and allied articles
intended for the relief of human suffering.
Gift parcels are limited to one parcel per
weck from one sender to one addressee. The
maximum size authorized for posting is five
kilograms (11 pounds) in weight and overall
length and girth of 180 centimeters (72 inches).
Inter-Zonal Trade
First deliveries of sugar and molasses from
the Soviet to the American Zone of Occupa-'
tion have started to move across the Zonal
boundary for use of German consumers, ac-
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