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WW2 Relative Production Costs - 5/10/2014 9:06:08 AM   
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Doing some research for a 1943 East-Front scenario I am wondering if anyone has any useful information to share as to relative production costs of armaments in Germany during the war - with particular emphasis on 1942/43 and 44?
Using a variety of sources - not all satisfactory but including stuff like Jentz and Carruthers I have - for instance -

StG III = RM 82,500
Pz III M = RM 103,163
Pz IV = RM 103,462
Pz V = RM 117,100
Pz VI = RM 250,800 (not confident of this last one)

I am particularly interested in the relative costs of panzer, SPW, and military trucks (Opel Blitz etc).

All for a good ToAW cause! If you can help - it would be great.

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RE: WW2 Relative Production Costs - 5/13/2014 6:49:37 AM   
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I like your approach, but I am surprised that the Pz V was only 10% more expensive than a Pz III...my suspicion is that RMs did not represent the real 'resources' cost of a tank or gun, especially with inflation And what 'd be the cost of an infantry squad in comparison? That is relevant for the Red Army where infantry units were starved of manpower in favor of factory workers and the support units of mobile forces. My suggestion 'd be to allow production changes of no more than 10-15% to keep it exciting, but still 'realistic'.

What I did for the Axis production options in my 'EF41-45' scenario was to go with 'weight', with an added cost placed on newer tank models (fancy alloys, more expensive ammos) and a discount for submarines tonnage (cheaper steel). For infantry vs guns/tanks conversion I assumed weight and manpower, including the extra support men/trucks for tanks and gun batteries (at 2-3x cost). I then used special off map unit to be disbanded into the replacement pool
depending on the TOs.

Also... GWITE has 'costs' for each equipment and that could be borrowed or used as a reference. I am away from my PC at the moment but I could check that in a couple weeks.

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RE: WW2 Relative Production Costs - 5/29/2014 9:29:07 AM   
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Considerable effort was made to make the Panther easier to produce than earlier models. Production from March 42 forward came under Albert Speer. Concurrently, the tank program started making use of steadily increasing amounts of forced/slave labor. The Panther had reduced requirements of materials in which Germany was short.

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