blah the Prussian Posted December 7, 2015 Share Posted December 7, 2015 Was the Four-Year Plan--almost wholly organized and conducted by Göring, who possessed plenipotentiary power (the ability to write law)--not successful in rebuilding the German economy? That sounds like a demonstration of competence to me. The Luftwaffe, under Göring's command, was a major player in the German victories in Norway, Belgium, and France: again, an apparent demonstration of competence. Toward the war's end, Göring fell out of favor, in part because he made rash promises he couldn't keep (like promising to keep the Sixth Army stocked with supplies by air-drop), but for the pre-war period and (very roughly) the first half of the war, Göring proved pretty effective. Perhaps he would've been better if he'd stuck purely to civilian administration? The four year plan was mostly Schact's handiwork, and I would dispute the success of the Luftwaffe. Guderian was the one who came up with how it would be used, Göring just followed those instructions. Also he screwed up royally in the Battle of Britain; the Luftwaffe could have destroyed the RAF had Göring not ordered them to focus on London. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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