In his article "No Room for Miracles" Tooze states:historygeek2021 wrote: ↑04 Mar 2022 04:21I actually think Tooze would agree that there was room for Germany to increase its mobilization in the early years of the war. He never says that Germany was maximally mobilized. He uses weasel words to indicate that Germany was significantly mobilized, but stops short of saying that there was no room for further mobilization early on in the war.
I suspect it was his ambition more thoroughly to prove this thesis in WoD. Tooze is very clear on how he views the early war mobilization:we must reject not only the Blitzkrieg thesis. We should also reject any talk of a "lost economic opportunity" for Nazi Germany early in the war
...I have my critiques of Tooze here (see upthread) but I don't see how one can say he didn't view Germany as maximally mobilized. I agree he weasels out of directly addressing - let alone proving - the thesis explicitly stated in "No Room for Miracles."Hitler repeatedly stressed his desire for an all-out production drive,
regardless of the consequences either for the civilian population or the
long-run viability of the German war effort. Given the constellation of
1939, even with the support of the Soviet trade deal, Hitler had no
interest in fighting a protracted war. Everything depended on achieving
a decisive victory in the West at the earliest possible opportunity.
The absolute priority of the war effort in 1939-40 is worth stressing
because it has often been suggested that Hitler's concern for the home
front was a limiting factor in the Nazi war effort.35 Some have even
suggested that Hitler's desire to achieve a swift victory in the West was
motivated principally by his desire to minimize the impact of the war
on the German population. This, however, is a serious misreading of
Hitler's strategic calculation in 1939...
To Hitler, all that mattered was winning the war...
If this meant temporarily sacrificing
the needs of civilian consumption, so be it. As Hitler commented to the
chief of army procurement, General Karl Becker, in early November
1939: 'One cannot win the war against England with cookers and
On the question I posed last - would Tooze agree that German civilian sacrifices were "moderate" compared to Britain? - can we agree that the answer is "no"?