Alixanther wrote: .... While I agree US was more mechanized than Germany, don't let us forget that the private sector of the US economy was prevalent and you could not make it, at the twist of a finger, give a 100% output for war preparation and materials. Germany was also a private economy but, given the major economic decision-makers were included in the "bureau" of war, it was an economy more prone to give a better output (albeit from a lower level) of war materials. US followed Germany's trend but never reached (nor it required, to be fully honest) the degree of dependency towards war output of Germany.
I'm not so sure this is the case. The German economy was in some ways disfunctional. In the US however there was a lot of cooperation. The US insured this by way of controllling access to limited resources. Indeed while the percentage of US industry engaged in manufacturing war materials never reached the levels of German industry it was from what I've read enough more efficient that one could not reasonable contend that German output was "better".
At the start of the war, Germany was in a very precarious situation which improved over the time, due mainly to conquest of France (industrial output), Norway(raw materials and securing Sweden steel), bringing Romania into the Pact of Steel (oil, military assistance), conquering Poland and Ukraine (coal, food and a bit of oil).
Again it is very disputable that it improved over time. Certainly Germany got access to additional resources however the demand for those resources also increased and the utilzation of some of them (in particular labor) was far from efficient (drafting many of the experianced coal miners for example). One need only look at food or gasoline rationing to get a good picture of t his.
... Population of Western European countries conquered (or brought into submission) by the 3rd Reich were "spoiled" with a particularly high standard of living (possibly even higher than US) which made matters worse when Germans tried to switch those economies from "butter" position to "guns" position. Germany itself wasn't willing to abandon the newly acquired living standards for a total war economy.
I'd like to see some sources for this. Certainly it's not the position painted by Wages of Destruction