An Irrevocable Decision
“Strength lies not in defence but in attack”
Poland was having a beautiful summer. Children played in the sunshine while on the streets of Krakow fashionable women shopped. Life was undisturbed and familiar. As August slowly melted into September, they were, for the most part, oblivious to the approaching doom. Somehow, a mass epidemic of blindness befell the population which stopped them from dropping everything to mobilize and prepare for total war. The hourglass had been turned many times, but now the sand was about to run out.
The Reich’s economy was in dire straits. Hitler’s massive re-armament program accounted for over twenty-percent of the Gross National Product. Hitler had ordered industry to drop everything and re-arm the country as quickly as possible. Employment was drawn into these industries at the expense of others, especially agriculture. The lopsided economy was heading for a crash. Either Germany reallocated labor and raw materials or found new supplies of men and materials outside the Reich, known as Lebensraum.
Hitler gathered his generals at Berchtesgaden. “Our economic situation is such that we cannot hold out more than a few years. Goring can confirm this. We have no other choice. We must act,” he said. “I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war. Never mind whether it is plausible...