Okay...let's do a fast and dirty walkthrough on this.
We'll look at the German Manpower, Armaments, and the German Rifle Squads for the example. If I get anything terribly wrong, I'm sure Joel, or Pavel, will correct me.
In your Active Pool, you have ~200k manpower, zero Armaments, and zero Rifle squads.
In your Transit Pool, you have another ~129k manpower, zero Armaments, and ~2.4k Rifle squads.
The Active Pool is what is immediately available, after all the replacements have occurred in your latest logistics phase. The Transit Pool is what is in holding to be distributed over the course of future turns. During your logistics phases, ~25% of each of the items in the Transit Pool are released to the Active Pool, so that they can get distributed to your forces as replacements. The equipment there is already "built" and represents items needing to be matched with crews. AFAIK, no more armament points are needed to activate these stored items as they are released to the active pool, or when they are assigned, as needed, to units.
As an example with the above numbers, next turn ~32k Manpower will move from the Transit Pool into the Active Pool, as well as ~600 Rifle Squads (equipment). These Rifle Squads will be paired up with some of the Manpower, and will get redistributed to your units as replacements. This is in addition to any newly created equipment, built from Armament Points that becomes available to be matched up with your growing manpower numbers during the next logistics phase.
Now, since you have no remaining accumulated armaments points, until you get some period of time where losses (including attrition) are substantially lower than they have been, or as Joel mentioned above, the armaments production rate increases, you will likely continue to burn through all of your armament points as soon as they are created, building new replacement equipment. Until that rate increases and your losses to replacements ratio reaches some parity, you will probably continue having more men available than equipment to outfit them.
This is a brief synopsis of the ebb and flow of manpower and equipment through the transit and active pools. I am typing this at work, and in a hurry to finish off so that I can start my weekend, so there may be omissions, or errors. Hopefully, Joel or Pavel will catch any and elaborate further.
If you have any other questions I can answer, I'll try to get back to them later in the day.
< Message edited by JAMiAM -- 6/17/2011 11:02:06 PM >