The wandering mind of retirees has always been a problem and Reichsminister der Luftfahrt Gφring was no exception. 1946 found the svelte former acting reichsmarschall tarrying within a sparsely furnished enclosure bingeing on solitaire and it was during these well-earned leisurely moments that he penned an explanation as to why the war ended the way it did:
"'Germany missed three opportunities to win the war, a diplomatic one, a military one and a technical one.' He goes on to explain that the diplomatic blunder was caused by Hitler's refusal to negotiate peace with France in the beginning of 1940, despite his repeated and selfless attempts to avert war. The onus for the military mistake is shared by Hitler and Field Marshal von Brauchitsch alike..."