Despite the decline of Daimler’s armaments sector in recent years, the company still draws criticism, because of its continuous deliveries of Mercedes military Unimogs (Universal-Motor-Gerät, namely multi-purpose, all-wheel drive trucks) to countries such as Algeria, Qatar, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.1 The company thus supplies armory to dictatorial regimes.2 Until 2013, Daimler was a main stockholder in EADS (Airbus), 3 which is one of the world’s largest armaments manufacturers, producing e.g. military aircrafts and missiles.4
Daimler was founded as an automobile and truck maker in 1926, following the merger of Daimler Motorengesellschaft and Benz & Cie.5 From 1937 the company moved increasingly into producing armaments, such as military trucks and aircraft motors. Up until and during WWII, this sector accounted for an ever-growing proportion of the company’s revenues, as a result of German rearmament.6 During the last years of the war, Daimler, (like e.g. Borsig-Rheinmetall and Henschel & Sohn), kept up production by using forced laborers, who from 1944 made up 50 percent of the company’s workforce.7
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1 https://urgewald.org (last access: 02.12.19)
2 https://www.ohne-ruestung-leben.de (last access: 02.12.19)
3 https://www.spiegel.de (last access: 02.12.19)
4 http://theconversation.com/ (last access: 02.12.19)
5 https://www.daimler.com (last access: 02.12.19)
6 Ibid.
7 Ibid.