+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Jon G. wrote:This has more to do with how the economic effort running up to war was lead, although you could make a point that the German economy was already mobilized well prior to 1939:
Well, how would you exchange Nürnberg mass rallies and similar with oil? Propaganda, mass rallies &c. were all part and parcel of the Nazi regime, and not things which they could have made away with without consequence. Also, and just like Autobahnen, mass rallies, olympic stadia and the like could be procured, mostly, from domestic resources.Second: They built 'victory stadia', & threw major circuses when they should have bartered for cheap oil from 1936-1939 - & stored it!
Synthetic fuel is crazy from an economic point of view - unless rearmament is your #1 priority, you have too little fuel to cover your own growing needs, and you need to save as much foreign currency as possible for #1, above - but it did eventually deliver at the end, after massive investments. The Germans didn't lose the war for want of oil.third: they built fragile, experimental synthetic fuel plants that couldn't deliver!
That is highly speculative, and also not the subject of this thread.Despite all that - they won the war in - 1938 & 1940- then threw it away. Invading the Soviet Union was at least a decade pre mature.
Lots of Good points John- will cover them as I get time.
1938- Should be March of 1939, when they occupied Memel & took over the balance of the Czech Republic. At this point the Third Reich has formed ‘Mittel Europa’ & has no need to attack Poland- except blind egos. Any expansion east can wait a couple of decades- or can be ‘financial’,- or persuading Poland into a joint attack.
So I feel that thsi is integral to the tread,as by 1959 , or earlier, advanced jets with glider bombs can wipe out the battleships at Scapa flow...