Amazingly I found that it is now a downloadable google book (I don't know what this "volume three" is , its just one book):And what's nice is it has two sets of really great photos on page 84 and 196
I remember as a teenager when I first found this book in a used book store and looking at this and thinking I found gold.
I wish I still had that copy. oh well....Merchants of death: a study of the international armament industry, Volume 3 By Helmuth Carol Engelbrecht, Frank Cleary Hanighen - 1934like this one: (remember this was published in 1933/1934!)160,000 Nazi troops -- armed? Hitler received funds from directors of Skoda, a subsidiary of Schnieder-CreusotNotice the connection of Scheider to Vickers:
from the book:http://www.yamaguchy.com/library/merchants/merchant_01.html
Hitler has now become the symbol of the return of German militarism . Even before he managed to obtain supreme power there was speculation as to his financial backers . Obviously they included German industrialists fearful of socialism, communism, and the labor unions, nationalists smarting under the “insults” of the Versailles treaty, and a host of other discontented folk . But on the list of these contributors supplying funds to the Hitler movement were the names of two capitalists—Von Arthaber and Von Duschnitz—directors of Skoda, the great armament firm of Germany’s neighbor and enemy, Czechoslovakia
Interlocking directorates are a familiar phenomenon in the United States . The real controller of industries is frequently found in the most unexpected places . In Europe the same system prevails . And so it appears that Messrs. Von Arthaber and Von Duschnitz represent a firm which is controlled by still another firm . The head of this holding company is neither German nor Czech . He is a French citizen, M. Eugene Schneider, president of the Schneider-Creusot Company which for a century has dominated the French arms industry and which through its subsidiaries now controls most of the important arms factories in Central Europe
. Some of Hitler’s financial support, then, was derived from a company owned by a leading French industrialist and arms maker
Arms merchants also own newspapers and mold public opinion . M. Schneider is more than just president of Creusot . He is the moving spirit of another great combine, the Comité des Forges . This French steel trust through one of its officers has controlling shares in the Paris newspaper Le Temps, the counterpart of The New York Times, and the Journal des Débats, which corresponds to the New York Herald Tribune . These two powerful papers constantly warn their readers of the “danger of disarmament” and of the menace of Germany . Thus M. Schneider is in a position to pull two strings, one linked to Hitler and German militarism, the other tied to the French press and French militarism Here is a review of the book and another download source:http://mises.org/resources/3373
Here is the archetype of all post-World War I revisionism of a particular variety: the hunt for the people who made the big bucks off the killing machine. The Merchants of Death was, in many ways, the manifesto of a generation of people who swore there would not be and could not be another
But here is the kicker: it was co-authored by the founder of Human Events, the conservative weekly
. So this is no left-wing screed against profiteering. It is a careful and subtle, but still passionate, attack on those who would use government to profit themselves at the expense of other people's lives and property
Here is a sample of the ideological orientation: "The arms industry did not create the war system. On the contrary, the war system created the arms industry
.... All constitutions in the world vest the war-making power in the government or in the representatives of the people. The root of the trouble, therefore, goes far deeper than the arms industry. It lies in the prevailing temper of peoples toward nationalism, militarism, and war, in the civilization which forms this temper and prevents any drastic and radical change
Only when this underlying basis of the war system is altered, will war and its concomitant, the arms industry, pass out of existence."
Thus is this book a wonderful example of what Rothbard called the "Old Right" in its best form
. The book not only makes the case against the war machine. It provides a scintillating history of war profiteering, one authoritative enough for citation and academic study. One can see how this book had such a powerful effect.Why re-release this book now? The war profiteers are making money as never before. They are benefiting from conflict as never before. Everything in this book has not only come to pass but as been made worse by a million times. So this treatise is more necessary than ever.
Again, this is the real heritage of the American right.