Fighting in Flanders

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In Western, Northern and Central Europe (France, Norway, Denmark, the Low Countries, and the annexed portions of Czechoslovakia ) Germany established economic policies through which it collected roughly 69.5 billion reichmarks (27.8 billion US Dollars) by the end of the war, this figure does not include the sizeable plunder of industrial products, military equipment, raw materials and other goods. [354] Thus, the income from occupied nations was over 40 percent of the income Germany collected from taxation, a figure which increased to nearly 40 percent of total German income as the war went on. [355] In the East, the much hoped for bounties of Lebensraum were never attained as fluctuating front-lines and Soviet scorched earth policies denied resources to the German invaders. [356] Unlike in the West, the Nazi racial policy encouraged excessive brutality against what it considered to be the " inferior people " of Slavic descent; most German advances were thus followed by mass executions. [357] Although resistance groups formed in most occupied territories, they did not significantly hamper German operations in either the East [358] or the West [359] until late 1943.

Pages: 390

Publisher: Nabu Press (August 30, 2010)

ISBN: 1178084906

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