Re: The Hodges biography
Reading some of the more revisionist historians, the famous "guns before butter" was actually in their view some some rather brilliant propaganda. I can't off the top of my head cite the particular historians, it has been ~12 years since I did any meaningful reading on the subject.
Proportion of military spend was actually quite low initially, and as Germany emerged from the depression living standards were starting to rise rapidly in the late 30s. So while being told they were making sacrifices, the general populace was actually seeing a better lifestyle.
This helped to further cement popular support.
"Apparently we are making sacrifices yet my life hasn't been this good for 15 years, these guys know what they are doing!"