The funny thing is, I've long suspected that the fetish for all things German is the means by which the post-war generations in places like Britain and the USA compensated for the fact that they could never measure up to the generation that won the war. A sort of "OK, they may have won, but really they weren't that good, they only won by numbers against a superior enemy. Also, I shall prove this to myself by buying a BMW."It's true though, isn't it?
I've often wondered why British Leyland went down the tubes, while the equally inefficient Fiat and Renault survived. I think it very well may have been sacrificed in the service of the generational ego, a counterpart to the publication of Corelli Barnett's "The Desert Generals."
Also, this explains the weird resentment of Germany, unique to Britain, that lasted long after the War. It wasn't prompted by memories of the War itself (although these were used as ammunition), nor by Britain's diminished status in the world, but was a necessary concomitant of the boomers enlisting the Nazis to boost their generational ego. "German efficiency" was a double-edged sword, because although it could it be used to belittle the wartime generation, it did so by implying that all the generations of Britain were inferior together.