Entire infrastructure of europe was destroyed; the devastation is unprecedented; Germany, bombed in 1943 through 1945 endlessly and continuously by the british and the americans, completely and utterly devastated, not one urban center remained intact in germany. You cannot start reconstruction when railway system, roads all the infrastructures are gone. The iron curtain pretty much terminated east west relations, exchange on industrial goods and consumer goods. Western, especially germany, always produced industrial goods which they in turn sold to eastern. German agricultural land that produces 50%, 60% of what germans consume, was given to the poles; West germany was seen as the pivot of western european recovery, but if they can"t feed the germans, the. Whatever money the west is putting onto reconstruction goes to feeding the population General lucius clay: the food crisis might cause western and south germany to join east germany where there is more food; even if means to embrace communism.