U.S. arms production

us flagU.S. arms production during WW2 from 1939-1945.

Following are tables of the annual U.S. arms production (excluding ammunition) and a comparison of the necessary strategic raw materials.

M3 Lee tanks under construction

M3 Lee tanks under construction in the huge new tank factory of the Detroit Arsenal.

U.S. arms production by weapon types

Annual U.S. production figures of the main arms and military equipment (without ammunition) during WW2 from 1939-1945:

Armaments
Type of Weapon 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 TOTAL
Tanks and Self-propelled guns - 331 4,052 24,997 29,497 17,565 11,968 88,410
Artillery (including anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns) 257,390 (1939-45) ? ? ? ? ? ? 257,390
Mortars 105,054 (1939-45) ? ? ? ? ? ? 105,054
Machine-guns (without sub-machine guns) 2,679,840 (1939-45) ? ? ? ? ? ? 2,679,840
Infantry rifles c.11,750,000 (1939-45) ? ? ? ? ? ? c.11,750,000
Sub-machine guns c.1,956,000 (1939-45) ? ? ? ? ? ? c.1,956,000
Military trucks and Lorries 32,604 (1939-40) ? 183,614 619,735 621,502 596,963 327,893 2,382,311
Fighter planes ? 1,162 4,416 10,769 23,988 38,873 20,742 99,950
Light and medium bombers ? 623 (incl. heavy) 4,115 (incl. heavy) 10,012 19,740 18,672 9,282 maximum 62,444
Four-engined bombers ? ? (in light and medium) ? (in light and medium) 2,615 9,615 16,331 6,805 minimum 35,366
Reconnaissance planes ? 63 727 1,468 734 259 667 3,918
Transport planes ? 164 532 1,984 7,012 9,834 4,403 23,929
Trainers and miscellaneous military types ? 1,794 9,373 17,631 19,939 7,577 1,309 57,623
Aircraft carriers (all types) - - - 18 65 45 13 141
Battleships - - - 4 2 2 - 8
Cruisers - - 1 8 11 14 14 48
Destroyers - - 2 82 128 74 63 349
Escorts (Corvettes, Frigates) - - - - 298 194 6 498
Submarines - - 2 34 55 81 31 203
Merchant shipping tonnage 376,419 528,697 1,031,974 5,479,766 11,448,360 9,288,156 5,839,858 33,993,230

Raw material production for the military weapon production above:

Annual strategic raw material production (m. metric tons)
Year 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Coal ? ? ? 528.5 535.3 562.0 523.9
Ore ? ? ? 107.6 103.1 96.0 90.2
Steel ? ? ? 80.6 82.2 85.1 86.6
Aluminium (in 1,000 metric tons – especially important for aircraft production) ? ? ? 751.9 1,251.7 1,092.9 1,026.7
Call of War
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