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With what justification did the Nazi regime claim to have achieved an economic miracle in Germany by the end of 1938?

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With what justification did the Nazi regime claim to have achieved an economic miracle in Germany by the end of 1938? The nazi economy by the end of 1938 did show some signs of a 'economic miracle' by the economy being more secure in 1938 than in earlier years "1938 GNP=105 RM billions 1935=74 RM billions". This exemplified that the German economy was achieving in this sense a 'economic miracle' because this demonstrates that the gross national product of the economy had increased. Although this is true the economy was still not what Hitler wanted it to be, he wanted "fulfilment of the task"(Hitler speech, Decree on the execution of the four year plan) ...read more.

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Hitler was against this and he acquired Goering as the head of the economy because his views were more like Hitler's. He believed in guns apposed to butter ('guns v butter') "Guns make us powerful butter only makes us fat" (Goering). Hitler produced a memo, which informed Goering what he wanted done in the economy, and targets he wanted met. They never had achieved all the goals they set out to complete on German raw materials (autarky: self sufficient) which was dramatically shown in mineral oil (including synthetic petrol) when in "1938 output of mineral oil was 2,340 thousand tons which was an increase of 130% but "still only covered 18% of the demand". ...read more.

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Noakes and G. Pridham). The output of raw German materials does generally increase in 1942 e.g. explosives in 1942 300,000 tonnes, plan target=223,000 tonnes. This shows they met some targets but by 1942 the war was already in full swing and it was also too late by than because the USA were in the war and this would prove to be a major turning point. The goals set by Hitler could be considered as unreachable targets but are there to encourage more work. This is dismissed however because if they had produced enough, how could of they lost the war. By the start of the war Germany was more prepared for war than it was in 1914. Though they weren't fully prepared so it wasn't quite a 'miracle' more an improvement. ?? ?? ?? ?? Barrie Panayi ...read more.

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