This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners working in the depths of a large coal mine, and their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt. An underground train system is also seen pulling ore cars out of the mine and into a massive elevator for transport to the surface. Air hammers and other equipment for excavation is also shown.
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I have a 97 year old friend who told me that for three years following WWII he worked in the German coal mines. I happened to see this film and sent him the link. He said, "That's exactly it, I was the guy on the jackhammer." After the war Germany was in rubble. He was 22 years old and just back from the Eastern Front. "There were no jobs and no food so working in the coal mine meant that at least I would not starve." "There were three shifts." "The people moving the conveyors and shoring up the ceiling worked the graveyard shift."
"They were the most likely to have accidents." "At first they had horses down there then later they installed the electric locomotive." "Each miner had a daily production quota of thirty meters long by one meter deep."