I have been asked on several occasions how could Germany afford to start such a big war as WWII. Of course, they mean multiple aspects such money and other actors (countries) allowing it. Also, Germany was not alone. However, this would take books to answer, so I will stick to financial dimension only.
As a side note, cost of US war in Iraq has the same order of magnitude as WWII for Germany, if inflation is considered.
So, the ratio between war cost and GDP was much higher than for US. How could Germany afford spending so much money (relative to its GDP) on war?
Question: How could Germany afford waging WWII?