Production and losses of tanks

Production and losses of tanks on the Russian Front 1941-1945.

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Knocked-out Russian T-34

Knocked-out Russian T-34 tank on the Eastern Front.

If the Western Allies would not take into consideration, and the Russians had not received the 11,900 armored vehicles by Lend-Lease, and all German armored vehicles of the Wehrmacht, which had been lost in the West and the South, could have been deployed on the Eastern Front a kill-to-loss ratio of 2.45 to 1 is needed to destroy all 23,300 Russian AFVs on 22 June 1941 plus all 99,150 vehicles built during the war (a total of 122,450 AFVs). This figure is well below the actual ratio of 2.91 to 1 achieved on the Eastern Front during World War II.

Could the Red Army have won the war alone?

This kill-to-loss ratio destroys another recent myth, which has recently come again into fashion, which refers to the situation on the Eastern Front. It is said that the Russians could have won the Second World War without any support from the US or Commonwealth forces, above all because of their large quantity of produced T-34 tanks.

This assertion is untenable, as is shown by the loss ratio – and even before the increased production in Germany had been taken into account, because of the absence of the Allied bombing war. At the same time, the increasing German air superiority on the Eastern Front from 1943 on would have acted, while the Red Army would have been deprived of half of its motorized transport, which consisted of Lend-Lease vehicles.
The 9,000 to 10,000 88mm Flak guns, which would not have been necessary to defend Germany against Allied air raids, could have been used as an effective anti-tank force on the Eastern Front.
In addition, e.g. tor the approximately 1,000 then non-necessary German U-boats, other war materials – such as tanks – could have been produced.

Approx. monthly Production and Losses of Russian and German Armoured Vehicles (Germany: only tanks and assault guns, but on all fronts)
Month Russian production Russian losses German production German losses (on all fronts)
June 1941 5002,200 ? ?
July 1941 8007,000 ? ?
Aug 1941 9005,000 ? ?
Sep 1941 6006,000 ? ?
Oct 1941 5001,000 ? ?
Nov 1941 5501,000 ? ?
Dec 1941900 (total 6,274 in 1941)1,600 (total 23,800)??
TOTAL 19416,27423,8003,796 (incl SP-guns)2,853 (on all fronts)
Jan 1942 900 500 350 400
Feb 1942 900 600 410 250
March 1942 900 800 330 80
April 19421,500 300 400 100
May 19421,6001,300 490 90
June 19421,700 800 440 200
July 19421,7003,000 440 350
Aug 19421,7003,200 400 250
Sep 19421,7002,000 380 300
Oct 19421,7001,200 370 220
Nov 19421,8001,000 410 400
Dec 19421,8001,300530180
TOTAL 194224,69016,0006,189 incl SP-guns3,105 on all fronts incl SP-guns)
Jan 19431,8001,000 380 420
Feb 19431,8001,000 4601,810 (Stalingrad plus 350 Panzer I out of service)
March 19431,8001,000 580 610
April 19431,800 100 620 450
May 19432,000less than 1001,100 310
June 19432,000less than 100 790 40
July 19432,0003,800 810 820
Aug 19432,0003,800 760 700
Sep 19432,2002,000 920 560
Oct 19432,2001,5001,050 620
Nov 19431,9001,800 720 740
Dec 19431,9001,5001,130690
TOTAL 194324,00616,20010,747 incl SP-guns 8,992 on all fronts incl SP-guns
Jan 19441,9003,0001,130 800
Feb 19441,9001,7001,120 570
March 19441,9001,7001,190 420
April 19441,9001,9001,3401,020
May 19442,000 2001,400 360
June 19442,200 5001,600 700
July 19442,4002,0001,6502,080
Aug 19442,5002,2001,6201,080
Sep 19442,5001,8001,4501,280
Oct 19442,5003,0001,5301,060
Nov 19442,600 8001,790 440
Dec 19442,8001,0001,780710
TOTAL 194428,93319,80018,284 incl SP-guns12,079 incl SP-guns on all fronts)
Jan 19452,9004,0001,6901,220 (total 1,433 incl SP-guns in Jan 1945 on all fronts)
Feb 19452,9004,1001,200 (total 2,931 incl SP-guns until Feb 1945) ?
March 19453,0004,200 ? ?
April 19453,6004,200 ? ?
May 19453,9004,100 ? ?
UNTIL JUNE 194526,29720,600??

 

see also: Military Performance on the Russian Front


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