lwd wrote: There certainly seemed to be planning for a rearmament.
But the planning was haphazard and unfocussed, very largely based on propaganda requirements. There was no overall strategic plan, still less any cohesive means of organising resources for targeted national objectives.
To give one example - the Z Plan. It was a target list of large battleships and other prestige vessels. Little consideration was given to supply and construction logistics, shipyard capacity and construction labour productivity, allocation of steel and other raw materials. The Siegfried Line was another unfocussed and wasteful construction project.
For weapons and tank output little consideration was given to modernisation of production methods, machine tools and the needs for mass production as opposed to hand building (unlike in the USA). German labour productivity lagged way behind the USA and USSR. Failure to organise research and development projects of new weapons and technologies into collaborative teams, instead of wasteful projects often competing with each other was a major failing.
And not of particular importance to WW2 but certainly a growing problem for later on if WW2 was delayed to a later period was the reducing quality of technical education in German schools because the curriculum was wrecked by ministers like Rust who wanted education to be propaganda, not the acquisition of knowledge.
The list of planning failures can almost be endless.