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Reichsautobahn

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Letztes Stück Reichsautobahn 1936 A11 2015

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"Straßen der Vergangenheit - Die Reichsautobahnen 1933 bis 1945" Trailer

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Reichsautobahn nahe München im Jahr 1938

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REICHSAUTOBAHN A4 TUNNEL Day and Night (DE, 2020)

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Letzte Brücke der Reichsautobahn (HaFraBa)

The Reichsautobahn system was the beginning of the German autobahns under the Third Reich. There had been previous plans for controlled-access highways in Germany under the Weimar Republic, and two had been built, but long-distance highways had not been successfully built. After previously opposing plans for a highway network, the Nazis embraced them after coming to power and presented the project as Hitler's own idea. They were termed "Adolf Hitler's roads" and presented as a major contribution to the reduction of unemployment. Other reasons for the project included: enabling Germans to explore and appreciate their country, and there was a strong aesthetic element to the execution of the project under the Third Reich; military applications, although to a lesser extent than has often been thought; a permanent monument to the Third Reich, often compared to the pyramids; and general promotion of motoring as a modernization that in itself had military applications.
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