Anderson. David. "An Early German Collapse Now Predicted By the British," New York Times 09 Jul 1944. ProQuest. 28 Nov 2008
This historic article published in the New York Times is a report from British economists in London via wireless. Experts in Britain predicted that Germany would collapse because of economic weakness in three to six months (the report from London was released July 8, 1944). Germany’s economy was stretching itself and running at full capacity, but British economists pointed out that the pace at which Germany was functioning could not be maintained and would ultimately result in collapse if Germany were not defeated militarily first. In July of 1944, the attacks of the Allies were fierce and Germany was struggling to keep up with the demands of manpower and material resources. Germany’s production efficiency was decreasing while its demands continued to increase. Recruitment continually fell short and all resources (except coal) were scarce. Overall, the British reported that Germany was completely worn down by the Allies and would soon collapse into surrender.
By 1944 the situation for the Nazis was, indeed, dire. The German economy was being stretched by the demands of war and could not keep up with the strength of the Allies. At this time, though, films were still being produced. Resources and manpower were lacking according to the British economists, yet Goebbels ordered for 200,000 troops to be used in the filming of Kolberg. Kolberg was the costliest film of the era, and it was filmed during this critical time period for the Nazis (1942-1945). This report by the British made it very clear that the Nazis should have been concentrating all of its resources and efforts to staying in the war, yet they were being diverted to the film industry. Clearly, the Nazis did place an overly high value on film. (Thompson and Bordwell 274)
Thompson, Kristin, and David Bordwell. Film History An Introduction. 2nd. New York: McGraw Hill, 2003.