Hitler’s Achilles heel? : Norwegian molybdenum as a bottleneck in the German war economy
Title: Hitler’s Achilles heel? : Norwegian molybdenum as a bottleneck in the German war economy
Citation: Hans Otto FRØLAND, Mats INGULSTAD and Jonas SCHERNER (eds), Industrial collaboration in Nazi-Occupied Europe : Norway in context, London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, Palgrave studies in economic history, pp. 359-387
ISBN: 9781137534231; 9781137534224
One week after the surrender of Germany in May 1945, the expertise of the German armaments minister Albert Speer was still in high demand. Allied airmen vied for the attention of their prisoner at the Schloss Glücksburg in Schleswig-Holstein, and they all wanted to know how their bombing raids had impacted on German war production. Only too happy to lecture his captors about their mistakes, Speer “compared German war production to a stream. Instead of bombing the source (steel), we chose to concentrate on the mouth. This could not decisively alter the course of the war.” The interrogation of Speer was not only a matter of gathering evidence for a trial, but also of finding answers to the question of whether it is possible to shut down a mobilized war economy by severing the supplies of key input factors.
Subject: Economic history; Natural resource and energy economics; Economy-wide country studies; History of Modern Europe; History of World War II and the Holocaust
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