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Fahrzeug- und Motoren-Werke (FAMO) GmbH, Stare Miasto, Wrocław, Dolnośląskie, Poland

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Location Category ID: 16230
Added to Database: April 2010
Last Edited: 3 May 2012
Address:
Telephone:
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Official Website:
Other Links: FAMO-Werke Breslau
Wikipedia.de
Breslau Camp
Wroclaw Z Wyboru
Donako
Latitude, Longitude: 51.10845301 , 16.98503494
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: Panzerkampfwagen II Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Manufactured May 1942)

Models of tank built here:
1: Panzerkampfwagen II Tank - Ausf A, B and C (Additional PzKpfw IIC manufacturer)
2: Panzerkampfwagen II Tank - Ausf F (Additional manufacturer)
3: Marder II Tank Destroyer (Additional manufacturer)
4: Wespe Self-Propelled Howitzer (Primary manufacturer)
5: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf F (Additional manufacturer)
6: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf G and H (Additional PzKpfw III G-H manufacturer)
7: Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (Turret manufacturer)



FAMO was founded in November 1935 through the purchase of the mechanical engineering department of the railway car manufacturer Linke-Hofmann-Busch by the Junkers company. Junkers originally owned 99% of FAMO. At the instigation of the Air Ministry the shares of the bank of Junkers were taken over and so it became the sole shareholder of FAMO.
In the Wrocław (German: Breslau) factory two types of caterpillar tractors were manufactured for the construction industry, and for forestry and agriculture. Products included tractors and diesel engines for stationary use and for shipbuilding, but in 1937 as part of the preparations for war a department for special vehicles was created. In this department an 18ton heavy tractor was designed, and the first prototype of this SdKfz 9 was completed in 1938. In 1940 the production programme changed so that FAMO concentrated entirely on vehicle manufacture.
Shortly after the occupation of Poland by the Wehrmacht, the Commissioner of German companies came with orders to requisition Polish firms, resulting in 1939 in the Polish Ursus factory and the nearby plant in Pruszkow near Warsaw being assigned to FAMO. Both companies were merged in 1942. Due to the rapid advance of the Red Army, in August-September 1944 a large proportion of the workforce and operating facilities were moved over to Wrocław.
During the war years FAMO produced the Wespe at its Breslau and Warsaw factories, and was also involved in production of the Marder II.
In 1947 the Lower Silesian Electric Machine Works were established on the ruins of the former Linke-Hoffman Werke and FAMO Werke. The plant was subsequently named ‘Dolmel’. In 1990 the tooling and punching departments were formed into a subsidiary ABB Donako Limited, which is still based on the site. (Source: Donako).
Other companies share the site, including Bombardier Transportation Polska. It appears that some of the surviving buildings of the former FAMO works are now derelict.

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June 2011

Derelict building on the former FAMO site
1: Derelict building on the former FAMO site

Taken: June 2011
Contributor: Google Street View
Location Photo ID: 747
Added: 3 May 2012
Views: 136
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1945

Ruins of FAMO-Werk Breslau, photo from Zobten.de
2: Ruins of FAMO-Werk Breslau, photo from Zobten.de

Taken: 1945
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 746
Added: 3 May 2012
Views: 944
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1920

Linke-Hofmann-Werke locomotive assembly hall, photo from WroclawZWyboru.blox.pl
3: Linke-Hofmann-Werke locomotive assembly hall, photo from...

Taken: 1920 (Estimated)
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 745
Added: 3 May 2012
Views: 219
Has Priority: 0