Discussions on the economic history of the nations taking part in WW2, from the recovery after the depression until the economy at war.
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In his famous book, Inside the Third Reich, Albert Speer wrote one of the most useful accounts from Hitler's inner circle. As the Minister of Armaments, Speer was obviously concerned with economic matters. On pages 405-406 he recalls how in early September 1944, he calculated German industry would get its last supply of Chromium on June 1 1945. Upon reading this I was intrigued and decided to do my own research. According to this rather comprehensive paper: https://opus4.kobv.de/opus4-fau/files/8 ... tation.pdf
and my own calculations using the data within(All taken from Chapter 3), I present the following overview of Germany's Chrome situation: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0
According to these numbers, Germany would have ran out of Chrome on May
1 not June 1. In order for Speer's calculation to be correct, Germany would have had to get an extra 8,000 tons of Chrome between January 1 1945 and the end of the war in Europe. The only possible source I can think of is Sweden, but they ended trade with Germany on September 27 1944. What do my fellow members make of this discrepancy?
Logic would be my Lifeblood if I had any. Unfortunately I just have regular blood.