Demontage is the German word, derived from French, meaning "to dismantle," or more generally to the seizure of assets as a prize of war.


  • Following the defeat of Germany in the Second World War, the Soviet Union empoyed 70,000 demontagniki to remove industrial assets from the Soviet Zones of occupied Germany and Austria to the Soviet Union.
  • Following the defeat of Italy in the Second World War, the British dismatled most of the Italian industrial assets in Eritrea.


  • Giles MacDonogh. 2007. After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. New York: Perseus Books. p. 203. ISBN 978-0465003389.
  • Michela Wrong. 2005. I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation. New York: Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0060780920.

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