Linz is the third-largest city of Austria with a population of approximately 250,000. It is the major industrial center of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria . The center of the industrial effort was the Iron and Steel works which figured prominently under the Austrian, Adolf Hitler. When the Ruhr was being heavily bombed in WWII, Linz was asked to produce more steel. After the war the British and Russians wanted to dismantle the firm. Since Linz was in the American Zone of Austria, the US disregarded the advice of their allies and allowed the firm to continue making steel. Albeit it was owned by the Austrian Government, it was later privatized and joined another firm to become VOESTALPINE. I was stationed there from 1948 to 1951, and I can recall all of the above though I was in Vienna 1946 and part of 1947. BY the way when I was there in the 40s and 50s, the bridge you see was where the Russian Zone began, and Urfahr and the beautiful cathdedral, Poestlingberg were not available to vist.

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