Hitler's Scorched Earth Order raised several doubts which late Orders sought to resolve. The duty to destroy had to be reconciled with the duty to use until the last minute. Demolition required fuel, but so did resistance. Which had priority? Such questions were to be referred in each individual case to the Chief Of The High Command Of The Armed Forces who, however, was to comply with The Leader's decision when circumstances demanded it. On 30th March new instructions regulated destruction in the sphere of armaments and war production. On 4th April a further document laid down the responsibility for all this destruction: military material and installations were to be destroyed by the Armed Forces, civil establishments by District Leaders and Reich Commissioners For Defence, acting under the direction of the Reich Minister For Armaments And War Production, Albert Speer. But these orders had by now lost meaning, and in fact Speer refused to cooperate. The Armed Forces also had other preoccupations. In the west their unity was being destroyed, and Hitler's next Order was an attempt to reorganise their command.