Leadership

Why German Fire Defenses Failed in Controlling Air Raid Fires

Issue 2 and Volume 101.

Why German Fire Defenses Failed in Controlling Air Raid Fires Divided Authority, Lack of Efficient Organization and Failure of Communication Systems, the Major Causes BY FIRE ENGINEERING’S SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT IN GERMANY Editor’s Note: Now that thought is being given by our military forces to fire defense organization to serve in the event that we again became embroiled in a large scale war, it is time to analyze the work of enemy fire fighting organizations and to review the reasons for their failure during World War II. The author of this article, who is a qualified fire officer, and who experienced the all-out air raids of our air men and those of our allies, is particularly well qualified to speak with authority. His analysis of the German wartime fire defenses, and their functioning, will provide food for thought by those concerned with preparing this nation for any eventuality. UNTIL about 1933,…

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