Performance on the Russian Front

The German military performance on the Russian Front during World War II.

successful knock-out

The successful knock-out of a Russian tank.

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Part IV of the analysis of fighting power.

Unfortunately, the HERO database is (Historical Evaluation and Research Organization) for the German Eastern Front in WW2 is less comprehensive than for the military performance to the Western Front.

However, the available data show that the German fighting power value over the Russians was far superior than that over the Western Allies, though not as pronounced as the fighting power in World War One was.

The following table gives some figures for the battle in Oboyan sector the battle of Kursk , in which the German XLVIII Panzer Corps was attacking for seven days the Russian 6th Guards and 1st Panzer Armies. During those seven days the German troops were numerically inferior about 2:3 and could preceded 21 miles through one of the most heavily fortified zones that the world had seen since November 1918.

They were only brought to a halt, as another Russian Tank Army and other reserves were thrown into battle and so the specified balance of power changed completely. The German success of advancing 21 miles was only possible because the Germans had a combat value superiority of at least 168 percent or a relative combat effectiveness value (CEV) of 2.68.

In most of the studied battles by HERO the battle value (Score Effectiveness, CE) was greater than the CEV, usually about the square of the CEV. In this case, it was a little smaller, probably because of the lower vulnerability of the Russians because of their extensive field fortifications.

Kursk Statistical Comparisons Oboyan Secor, July 5-11, 1943
Russians Germans Ratio
Manpower 98,000 62,000 1.58 : 1.00
Tanks and Assault Guns 817 650 1.26 : 1.00
Artillery and Mortars (from 75mm) 1,675 1,014 1.65 : 1.00
Air Support Sorties (est.) 3,150 3,150 1.00 : 1.00
Casualties 22,000 13,600 1.62 : 1.00
Casualties per day 2,444 1,511 1.62 : 1.00
Percent casualties per day 2.49 % 2.49 % 1.02 : 1.00
Tank Losses 450 350 1.29 : 1.00
Relative combat Effectiveness (approx.) 1.0 2.35 1.00 : 2.35
Score Effectiveness (kills; CE) 1.39 2.55 1.00 : 1.83
dead and wounded at Kursk

After each small territorial gains dead and wounded during the Battle of Kursk.

Fighting power on the Eastern Front in 1944

flags oath

The flags oath, the Tsar tradition in the Red Army.

The table below provides some general figures for the Russian Front in 1944. Almost throughout the year the Germans were on the verge of collapse, but they are not collapsed. In light of the difference in strength of both sides, the 2.5 million Germans (who had the defenders advantage) must had a fighting power superiority by almost 88 percent, or a CEV of 1.88 ahead. One can conclude from this that the superiority of the German Score Effectiveness (CE) over the Russians was at almost 6 to 1, which probably reflects the tendency of Russians for mass attacks without regard to losses.

Russian-German Force Comparisons Russian Front, 1944
Russian German Ratios
Field Force Strength 6,100,000 between 3,500,000 and 2,500,000 1.74 : 1.00 to 2.44 : 1.00
Relative Combat Effectiveness ( German defense posture factor applied: 1.3) 1.34 : 1.00 to 1.88 : 1.00
Total personel losses 7,000,000 1,800,000
Non-Battle Casualties 2,000,000 (est) 700,000
Battle Losses 5,000,000 (est) 1,100,000 4.55 : 1.00
Battlefield Exchange Ratio Per man (3.5 mil Germans) 0.18 1.4 1.00 : 7.78
Relative Score Effectiveness (German defense posture factor applied: 1.3) 1.00 : 5.98


See also: Russian vs German Tanks – strengths, losses, production

t_arrow1See also: German fighting power in World War One
See also: Battle results in World War One

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  1. GeneralFrozenMud

    The none winter period of war has been won by wehrmacht (they know why to avoid it – 39, 40), the latter has been lost, all of them (41, 42, 43,44). Show me any single winter, that germany did not avoid or lost. Period.

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