All of this input on the German economy comes round to the same thing; a centralized economy doesn't work. In Germany's case, it was a centralized economy on steroids because of the pace of the war. The economy of the USSR creaked along for seventy years only because it had much greater raw material sources to exploit, but even so it ran badly and eventually stagnated into collapse competing against western capitalist economies. In Germany's case, they were able to run at a high pace only by looting the nations they occupied in the first surge of expansion, as well as their own dwindling stocks of materiel. One must view this in the light of post-war West Germany where (without the crippling debt of pre-war Germany) they were able to produce goods based on market demand and are prosperous until the present day. During the war, the centralized economy produced war materiel to one customer - itself. This is not sustainable. How could it be? They were producing a product that destroys itself, using their own labor as cannon fodder, and paying for it with treasure from occupied nations that was not renewable due to their own pillage and theft of those economies. National Socialism didn't work any better than any other type of socialism. And just to avoid the inevitable nit-picking, I define socialism as a government that actually directs production. I'm not talking about a capitalist social-welfare state where production is based on consumer demands. .