I was pondering how we can barely afford to keep a 100,000 strong standing army these days when I began to wonder how Hitler managed to pay for the 6.5m soldiers and all the ships, tanks, aircraft, submarines etc he needed to kick WW2 off in 1939 - especially with Jerry having been so completely skint following WW1 and the world wide depression of the 20's. Scratching around on the web it seems he managed it much like the Yanks worked their way out of the Depression - by embarking on a huge programme of public works but making it all relevant to the forces. This is described as 'military keynesianism' and seems to have worked wonders for a while. But with such a monstrous military bias in the economy it seems it was back in the crapper by 1939. Hitler oversaw the average worker's pay by drop by 25 per cent, introduced monopoly price fixing and outlawed Trades Unions, banned strikes and even the 'right to quit' by introducing Labour Books whereby a worker could only move to a new job if he had the signed permission of the old boss to leave in the first place. There is no doubt they were intent on war at some point, but it seems there are two schools of thought as to why it happened when it did. One is that the upcoming meltdown of the Nazi economy, ie the banks, prompted the 'flight into war', and thus it was economics in the end that dictated H-Hour, and not politics. The other seems to be that Hitler basically thought economics was something that Jews worried about whereas it was a mere detail for the master race and so went ahead and did everything in his own time - ie that it was politics that dictated the start. So I wonder what the brains trust think? Did economics push him into an early kick-off or did it all begin bang on time according to his long term vision?