#20377. Asked by Joe. (Jul 06 02 4:06 PM)
The answer to this must be an inevitable yes. All of German industry was subborned to the Nazi state during the Second World War. The country was just one was vast industrial-military machine.
Jul 06 02, 4:26 PM
BMW had a sister company prior to WW2 named BFW (Bayerische Flugzeug Werke = Bavarian Aircraft Works). BMW actually adopted the group logo of a cirle divided into four quadrants, two blue and two white meant to represent a propellor against the blue sky.
The point of this is that BFW took on a talented and ambitious aircraft designer and from then on it never looked back. Subsequently Messerschmitt took over the running of the company and changed its name to Messerschmitt AG.
So every time you see BMW's logo remember it represents, albeit a little indirectly, many of the most potent aircraft to enter Luftwaffe service.
I can't quote a website. I read it in a newspaper article once.
Jul 06 02, 8:03 PM
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