You've got a couple things mixed up (no wonder since we actually have little complete documentary evidence of generalplan ost) They could have been part of the same plan but we don't know because GPO actually didn't survive the war.Surprised no one has mentioned Generalplan Ost yet. The whole scheme was a smorgasbord of utterly insane and impractical ideas, and yet it was perhaps the closest of all these to being at least partially implemented. Some features of the plan included:
- Turning Moscow into a huge reservoir and annihilating every other major city in the Soviet Union
- Drastically reducing Germany's population density by forcing the population out of cities and into small towns and farms
- Linking the conquered territories together by massive trains on 3 meter gauge tracks
- The ultimate annihilation of 100 million+ conquered Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, etc. through starvation and the deportation of millions more into Siberia
- A "wehrbauer" culture of armed peasants living in perpetual warfare (now I know where Starship Troopers got its inspiration)
You mean training them to bark at periscopes to find submarines? (Yeah, which of those is the nuttier idea?)
Im reminded of the RN's anti-submarine hammers from WWI. If ever there was something so cartoonishly dumb that you would think no one would try it its putting a pair of blokes in a rowboat and giving them a hammer with which to hit submarine periscopes. And yet they did.You mean training them to bark at periscopes to find submarines? (Yeah, which of those is the nuttier idea?)
A 700 meter tall tower where you drive up to the top with a massive parking garage on top?
To be fair, buildings are sort of easy bait given that they are easy to propose, and there are plenty of even weirder political suggestions, but even by most standards it is a ridiculous idea. But then, France seems to have had a rash for such things - there was a 1930s proposal for a kilometers-tall airbase for launching aircraft with a height advantage (which was probably just a science fiction project), and thank god Corbusier's projects for Paris never were able to be put into effect.
Le Corbusier is one of those people I'd be really tempted to delete from history, if I had a time machine.
It's like he had a personal feud going on against the very concept of beauty.
Well, yeah, he pretty much did. "The desire to decorate everything about one is a false spirit and an abominable small perversion....The religion of beautiful materials is in its final death agony".
His fascist dream was for everyone to live in identical ferroconcrete apartments, Taylorist "machines for living", with sparse metal furniture, white walls bare of artwork, and window-walls bare of drapes.