The OKH Toy Factory: The Nibelungenwerk: Tank Production in St. Valentin

The OKH Toy Factory: The Nibelungenwerk: Tank Production in St. Valentin


By (author) Michael Winninger


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  • Publisher: Muller History Facts
  • Format: Hardback | 374 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 284mm x 24mm | 1,240g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Andelfingen
  • ISBN 10: 3905944057
  • ISBN 13: 9783905944051
  • Illustrations note: 300 Photographs, 10 Illustration, 1 Map, Tables
  • Sales rank: 185,356

Product description

A fascinating portrait of 'The Toy Factory', the biggest and most modern tank production factory of its time The village of St. Valentin, situated in the western part of Niederosterreich, was a growing and ultimately very important armament production centre during the Third Reich. The Nibelungenwerk was planned as the biggest and most modern tank production factory with big housing facilities for workers under the camouflage name "Toy Factory". Although the building was hindered by many wartime restrictions between 1941 and 1945, the Nibelungenwerk grew to be the most important manufacturer of the Panzerkampfwagen IV (German main battle tank). Nowadays, though, tractors are built in the remaining part of the Nibelungenwerk. This book will take the reader right to the heart of the factory and its production. Starting with the planning and construction of the factory and residential area, it shows then the poor working conditions, the producing of armament materials (mainly tanks mark IV) and finally the air raids against the works and the end of the war in St. Valentin. Complete with many photographs and documents never published before.

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Author information

Michael Winninger from St. Valentin has been occupied since his childhood with this topic. He grew up close to the former Nibleungenwerk and some of his family members had even worked within its walls. The author was able, based on some 1200 historic photographs from the town's and Stey-Daimler-Puch's Archives and private collections as well with documents, to finalise a chronological history of the Nibelungenwerk at war.

Review quote

"...a very detailed study of the story behind one of the largest tank production facilities of WW2... Overall this is a fascinating read of what has clearly been a passion to research for the author. The greatest detail about a tank production facility whose products played such an important role in supplying the Panzer Forces during WW2." --Robin Buckland,, November 2013