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Catalog Number 2016.24.17a
Object Name Broadside
Accession number 2016.24
Description von Hindenburg Proclamation broadside of April 1917 and where Munitions and Factory workers of Berlin were threatened with bread shortages and other consequences if a certain level of production was not achived.

Full Translation:

Field Marshal von Hindenburg

to the Chief of the Office of War, Lieutenant General Groener:

In recent days, work stoppages in a large number of Berlin munition factories have been reported to me. From these reports I learn, Your Excellence, that with few exceptions, the work has recommenced. Nevertheless, the fact that a far-reaching stoppage in the arms industry due to the food situation was even possible forces me to implement the following:

The necessary reduction of bread portions has hit the general population hard. I do not doubt, however, that the increase in meat rations, which was carried out at the same time, along with the once-again regular deployment of potatoes, can be considered a replacement for the decreased amount of bread. I am also certain, that all sections of the population and authorities who are participating in raising and distributing this food are aware of the gravity of the situation, and that in this manner, we will be able to fulfill the given tasks. All the less, in my view, can the domestic food conditions be a reason for work stoppages. I consider it my duty to advise Your Excellence that with the present conflict to be battled out on the western front, an unimpaired production of munitions of all kinds is to precede all other tasks, and that every work stoppage, no matter how trivial it may appear, is an irresponsible debilitation of our defensive forces, and represents an unpardonable fault against the army, and especially against the man in the trench who must bleed because of it.

I ask Your Excellence to use every means to see to it that the production of weapons and munition is promoted in the most emphatic way, and especially that in all of the appropriate locations, the necessary enlightenment of the munitions workers will take place; to me, this appears to be the first precondition for reaching our great goal.

von Hindenburg.
Date April 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Hindenburg, Paul von
Subjects World War I
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