Germany's biggest weakness

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Germany's biggest weakness

Post by steverodgers801 » 09 Nov 2015 22:33

Reading "the rise of Germany" and the author states that 90% of German farms were 12 acres or less. This is fascinating because it explains to me why Germany could not produce enough food and how that is a result of Germany not having motorized like the US, France and England had.

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Re: Germany's biggest weakness

Post by stg 44 » 09 Nov 2015 22:58

steverodgers801 wrote:Reading "the rise of Germany" and the author states that 90% of German farms were 12 acres or less. This is fascinating because it explains to me why Germany could not produce enough food and how that is a result of Germany not having motorized like the US, France and England had.
I'm pretty sure they distributed farmland so that it was at 20 acres per family, but in the end the real reforms that were needed were something like the Flurbereinigung. Mechanizing German agriculture wasn't possible under the Nazis due to the need for industry to focus on rearmament, but clearly that would have helped assuming they had enough fuel to go around.

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Re: Germany's biggest weakness

Post by steverodgers801 » 10 Nov 2015 21:13

that small of a farm cant produce the food stuffs needed for a large population. Many US farms were small, but with mechanization the capacity to have large farms and thus surplus was easy for the US

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