ljadw wrote:I have the book in question,and it is NOT giving any information about the importance of the manganese ore of Nikopol,or the power plant of Zaporoz'e.
Not a smart move by you as notes 3, and 4 at the bottom of pages 61 and 62 do give exactly that information. Under note 3 Bernd Wegnerr writes that Hitlers attitude got support from the chief of the Wehrmachtwirtschaftsstabes(Ausl) who stated on 31.03.1943 that the loss of Saporoshje would mean the breaking down of the war economical power not only of the area to the east of the Dnjepr but also to the west of the Dnjepr.
Under note 4 Wegner writes that ,in spite of the fact that the manganese production was only half of that before the war, it could still cover the entire need of the Reich for manganese.
These notes are sourced to two books on german economic policy, including Geschichte der deutschen Kriegswirtschaft, Eichhloz,vol. 2.
These notes concern the mention by Wegner of the rejecting by Hitler in the beginning of 1943 of the propsal to give up terrain because he particularly considered the coal of Stalino, the powerplant of Saporoshe and the manganese ore of Nikopol of decisive importance. According to Hitler the loss of ore would in itself mean the losss of the war. This statement is sourced to the war diary of Armygroup South.