H. A. Titcomb on German Industry 14 December 1917

HAROLD ABBOT TITCOMB
SALISBURY HOUSE
LONDON E.C.

TELEGRAPH AND
CABLE, “TITCOMB, LONDON”
CODE, BEDFORD MCNEILL

GERMANY’S IRON INDUSTRY AND THE WAR.
From the point of view
Of air attack.

By

HAROLD ABBOT TITCOMB, B.A., E.M.

NOTE. The Writer of this Report on Germany’s Iron Industry is a member of a Sub-Committee of the American Committee of Engineers in London. This Sub-Committee was formed in September 1917, with the object of receiving and digesting any scheme or proposal helpful in solving the Submarine Problem, and forwarding any promising suggestions to the A.S.D., British Admiralty, and the U.S. Authorities.

Very few proposals have been received; and it appears probable that almost everything conceivable has been already proposed for dealing with Submarines after they have left their bases and are scattered over their fields of operations.

It occurred to the Writer that the Submarine Problem has a definite connection with many German Industries, among them Iron. This Report deals mainly with Germany’s Iron; but a similar study of other industries would be of great help in solving successfully the Submarine Problem. (See pages 7 and 44.)

LONDON, 14th December 1917

Copy No 5.

CONTENTS.

SUMMARY. Page
Coal and Iron. Iron more vulnerable than Coal………………………….…1.
Distance Tables…………………………………………………………………2.
Lorraine Iron Field….Its predominant importance: Enemy opinion……..…3.
Effective Bombing and Recommendations of F.W. Harbord………………4-5.
General. Other War Industries. Sources of Information…………………..6-7.

APPENDIX A. THE LORRAINE – LUXEMBOURG DISTRICT.
(1) The Iron Ore Deposits and Mines……………………………………….8
General Description and Geology: Nancy Basin: Mines………………..8
Water, Head-frames, Workmens’ Colonies. Open Pits…………………9
TABLE (1) Iron Ore production of Germany & Lorraine District……..10
TABLE (2) Where Lorraine Ore was smelted………………………….10
French Owned Mines should be bombed……………………………….11
TABLE (3) Detailed List Iron Mines & Production of Anxd Lorraine…12
TABLE (4) do do do do French do………13

(2) The Blast-furnace Works of the Lorraine Field………………………….14
TABLE (5) Detailed List, Equipment and Production Anxd Lorraine & Luxembourg Iron Works…………………………………………….. 15
TABLE (6) do do Equipment and Production French Lorraine Iron Works……………………………………………………………………16
Reason why Blast-furnace Works are especially liable to injury…….17-19
Detailed Plan and 2 Photographs of Works near Kneuttingen Lorraine Red Ref. Nos 9 and 10………………………………………………………..20
MAP
(3) Of Esch Region on Luxembourg Frontier and Photo of Works Ref
No.15……………………………………………………………………..21
Detailed plan of Gelsenkircener Works at Esch Ref No. 15……….…… 22
Do Section do Furnaces & Stoves…………………….. 23
Do Plan of Burbach-Eich-Dudelingen Works near Esch Ref No. 16…24

APPENDIX B. THE SAAR DISTRICT.
Coal Deposits and Coal Mines……………………………………………25
TABLE (7) Detailed List of Saar Iron Works, Production etc…………..25
Detailed Plan of the Works at Burbach…………………………………..26

APPENDIX C. THE WESTPHALIAN DISTRICT.
General Description. Other Industries. Harbours etc……………………27
Coal Fields and Coal Mines………………………………………………28
Westphalian Blast-furnace Works………………………………………..28
TABLE (8) Detailed list of Works. Equipment. Pig-iron Production29-30
MAP (5) The Vicinity of Ruhrort Harbour………………………………31
Detailed Plan of Krupp’s Rheinhausen Works Ref. No. 44………………32
4 Photographs of do do do do………………..33-34
2 Plans of Guttehoffsnungshutte at Oberhausen Ref No. 51……………35
Detailed Section through Power plant and Furnaces at Oberhausen……..36
Photograph of Blast-furnaces and Hot-blast Stoves at Oberhausen………36

APPENDIX D. SIEGERLAND and MISCELLANEOUS.
Siegerland Manganiferous Iron Ore Field………………………………37
TABLE (9) Detailed List of Siegerland Blast-furnace Works…………..37
TABLE (10) Miscellaneous Blast-furnace Works in Western Germany…38

APPENDIX E.
Secret Memorial of the Six German Associations……………………….39
TABLE (11) General Condensed Table German Blast-furnace Works. Equipment and Pig-iron production………………………………………40
TABLE (12) Summary of Coal & Iron Production of Enemy Countries..41
TABLE (13) German Iron Ore Imports. Swedish Ores. Dr. Beumer..42-43
Study of other German Industries suggested. Photo…………………….44

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