Otto Eberhardt Patronenfabrik

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Otto Eberhardt Patronenfabrik
Aktiengesellschaft Edit this on Wikidata
Industrycartridge and metal fabrication
HeadquartersHirtenberg and Ronsdorf, Austria
Key people
ParentGustloff-Werke - Waffenwerk Suhl
Websitewww.hirtenberger.at/ Edit this on Wikidata
External images
Proof mark

P635 headstamp mark

8mm Mauser ammo box

Otto Eberhardt Patronenfabrik (English: "Otto Eberhardt Cartridge Factory") was a munitions company established in 1860. The company's Hirtenberger Patronen, Zündhütchen und Metallwarenfabrik (English: "cartridge, primer and metalware fabrication in Hirtenberg") near Wiener Neustadt (proofmark "am")[1] used forced labor during World War II from a sub-camp of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp and produced ammunition including 9×19mm Parabellum (pistol and submachine gun) and 8 mm Mauser (rifle) cartridges. The company also had a factory in Ronsdorf near Wuppertal (proofmark "ap")[1] which produced rifles. Additional Gustloff facilities were in Meiningen[1] and Weimar.[2]

Hirtenberg aircraft[edit]

Otto Eberhardt Patronenfabrik also purchased the assets of the Hopfner aircraft company in 1935. They continued production of both de Havilland- and Siemens-powered aircraft under the Hirtenberg brand. They produced the Hirtenberg HS.9 under their brand.[citation needed]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "WWII German Ordnance Codes". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  2. ^ "Looking for info on Gustloff Werke 5.6x35RWS". German Weapons. Gun Collector Forum. Retrieved 2008-09-16. By 1938, Gustloff-Werke consisted of several factories:
    1. Fritz Sauckel Works, Weimar.
    2. Arms Works, Suhl.
    3. Otto Eberhardt Cartridge Factory, Hirtenberg, Niederdonau, Austria. (formerly Hirtenberger Patronen Züundhütchen & Metallwarenfabrik A.G.)
    4. Muselwitz Engineering Factory.
    5. Branch Office, Berlin - 'Thüringia House', responsible for overseas and government sales.

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