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 500 2,200 ? ?
July 1941 800 7,000 ? ?
Aug 1941 900 5,000 ? ?
Sep 1941 600 6,000 ? ?
Oct 1941 500 1,000 ? ?
Nov 1941 550 1,000 ? ?
Dec 1941 900 (total 6,274 in 1941) 1,600 (total 23,800) ? ?
TOTAL 1941 6,274 23,800 3,796 (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 1942 1,500 300 400 100
May 1942 1,600 1,300 490 90
June 1942 1,700 800 440 200
July 1942 1,700 3,000 440 350
Aug 1942 1,700 3,200 400 250
Sep 1942 1,700 2,000 380 300
Oct 1942 1,700 1,200 370 220
Nov 1942 1,800 1,000 410 400
Dec 1942 1,800 1,300 530 180
TOTAL 1942 24,690 16,000 6,189 incl SP-guns 3,105 on all fronts incl SP-guns)
Jan 1943 1,800 1,000 380 420
Feb 1943 1,800 1,000 460 1,810 (Stalingrad plus 350 Panzer I out of service)
March 1943 1,800 1,000 580 610
April 1943 1,800 100 620 450
May 1943 2,000 less than 100 1,100 310
June 1943 2,000 less than 100 790 40
July 1943 2,000 3,800 810 820
Aug 1943 2,000 3,800 760 700
Sep 1943 2,200 2,000 920 560
Oct 1943 2,200 1,500 1,050 620
Nov 1943 1,900 1,800 720 740
Dec 1943 1,900 1,500 1,130 690
TOTAL 1943 24,006 16,200 10,747 incl SP-guns 8,992 on all fronts incl SP-guns
Jan 1944 1,900 3,000 1,130 800
Feb 1944 1,900 1,700 1,120 570
March 1944 1,900 1,700 1,190 420
April 1944 1,900 1,900 1,340 1,020
May 1944 2,000 200 1,400 360
June 1944 2,200 500 1,600 700
July 1944 2,400 2,000 1,650 2,080
Aug 1944 2,500 2,200 1,620 1,080
Sep 1944 2,500 1,800 1,450 1,280
Oct 1944 2,500 3,000 1,530 1,060
Nov 1944 2,600 800 1,790 440
Dec 1944 2,800 1,000 1,780 710
TOTAL 1944 28,933 19,800 18,284 incl SP-guns 12,079 incl SP-guns on all fronts)
Jan 1945 2,900 4,000 1,690 1,220 (total 1,433 incl SP-guns in Jan 1945 on all fronts)
Feb 1945 2,900 4,100 1,200 (total 2,931 incl SP-guns until Feb 1945) ?
March 1945 3,000 4,200 ? ?
April 1945 3,600 4,200 ? ?
May 1945 3,900 4,100 ? ?
UNTIL JUNE 1945 26,297 20,600 ? ?

 

see also: Military Performance on the Russian Front


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