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Oschersleben is located near the river Bode, 24 miles south west of Magdeburg in a region called Magdeburger Börde. The river Bode reaches its norhternmost point outside the town. Oschersleben is the most important railway
station of the track from Magdeburg to Halberstadt and Thale.
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Map of Sachsen-Anhalt
On November 23rd 994 Oschersleben was first mentioned in a document by the Emperor Otto III. In 1235 it was first referred to as a town. In the 17th century most parts of Oschersleben were destroyed
by fires. In 1648 it came under Brandenburg's domination. Oschersleben became a district capital in 1816 and was connected to the railway system in 1843.
In the years previous to World War II Oschersleben expanded due to the airplane manufactory (AGO Flugzeugwerke) that was founded there and needed numerous workers. This armament factory was also the reason
why the Allied attacked the town in ten air strikes.
During the period of the
German Democratic Republic Oschersleben was a center of agriculture in the region. Besides some industrial establishments
settled there, for example the still existing manufacturer of pumps as well as sugar refineries, iron-foundries, breweries,
machine-shops and brick works.