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Gallant, Michael - Effects of poor quality manufacturing on the Luftwaffe in WWII

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Master of Military Art and Science Theses

Title: Effects of poor quality assurance during German aviation manufacturing on the Luftwaffe during World War II.

Author: Gallant, Michael J.

Branch/Country: United States Marine Corps

Abstract: The Luftwaffe, under the leadership of Herman Göring, failed to achieve (its portion of) victory for Germany during World War II. This study evaluates the factors that resulted in poor quality assurance and poor aircraft quality within German aviation manufacturing that contributed to the Luftwaffe's failure. Worker shortages eventually led the German aviation industry to shift aircraft production to assembly lines and used unskilled workers that reduced aircraft quality. This study also examines the Allied bombing of German aviation industry factories resulting in the wide distribution of aircraft production, and further decreased aircraft quality. Finally, this study examines slave labor in the aircraft industry and the effects that sabotage and poor workmanship had on German aircraft quality during the war.

Keyword German Armed Forces; World War, 1939-1945; World War Two; WWII; Quality assurance; Luftwaffe; Aeronautics; Aircraft; Aircraft industry; Bombing, Aerial; Slave labor; Campaigns, Military

Series : Command and General Staff College (CGSC) MMAS thesis

Focus Program : Military History

Publisher : Fort Leavenworth, KS : US Army Command and General Staff College,

Date, Original : 2018-06-15

Date, Digital : 2018-06-15

Resource Type : Textual

Format : PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required; 102 p.; 1.44 MB.

Release statement : Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of the student-authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College or any other governmental agency. (References to these studies should include the foregoing statement.)

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Date created 2019-10-11