A Proportionate view of German Armour (2)

Panzer Fleet 1943

Warning! Self indulgent post and sums follow!

In building my German tank fleet (a rather grand name for a pile of toys in a box), I have been trying to keep things in proportion. As a reminder, the proportions in the table below below represent the approximate German tank strengths at the peak of midwar production.

15 cm sIG 33 (mot S) auf PzKpfw I Ausf B

The last surviving 15 cm sIG 33 (mot S) auf PzKpfw I Ausf Bs (above) soldiered on until July 1943 on the Eastern Front. This Skytrex model was kindly gifted by YesthatPhil.

The rough overall proportion of major hull types taken year by year on  a 1: 600 ratio are roughly:

  • 1942: 1 Pz 38(t): 5 PzIII : 2PzIV
  • 1943: 2 Pz 38(t): 5 PzIII : 10 PzIV: 3 PzV: 1 PzVI.
  • 1944: 4 Pz 38(t): 3 PzIII : 7 PzIV: 6 PzV: 1 PzVI.
  • 1945: 2 JagdPz 38(t): 2 StugIIIG
PzIIs PzJaegerII and SPGs

QRF and Syborg PzIIs, BPM PzJägerII, BPM Wespes and FoW SiGII Grille

As a working assumption, I have started with 50%  losses of the prior year , allowing for cannibalised spares and repairs, having gone down the rabbit hole of statistical claims and counter claims, and emerged little the wiser at the end.

PSC Pz38(t), QRF and PSC Marders, SdKfz 139s and 138s, SiG 33 Grille Ausf K, H.

PSC Pz38(t), QRF and PSC Marders, SdKfz 139s and 138s, BPM and QRF SiG 33 Grille Ausf K, H.

I’m not proposing to amass a fleet in full proportion to actual Axis production, but it’s nice to know what my model totals look like, about 0.017%, or a ratiod 10% of German production:

PSC (5) Zvezda (1) and PP (3)PzIIIs

PSC (5) Zvezda (1) and PP (3) PzIIIs

Model Built 1942 Built 1943 Total 1943 My Fleet War Total to 1945
Pz I 0 0 0  1 SPG
6
PzII 1 0 0.5 2 6
Marder II 5 2 4.5 1 7
Wespe 0 5 5 2 6
 All PzI/II Chassis 6 7 10  6 25
Pz 38(t) 2 0 1  1 14
Marder III 139 3 0 1.5 2 3
Marder III 138 1 8 8.5 2 12
Grille 0 2 2 2 5
Hetzer 0 0 0   30
 All 38(t) Chassis 6 10 13   64
Pz III A-F 0 0 0 3 5
Pz III G-J1 2 0 1 3 24
Pz III J2-M 20 0 10 3 20
Pz III N 4 3 5   7
Pz III (f) 0 1 1   1
StuG III A-E 1 0 0.5 1 8
StuG III F-G 7 30 33.5 2 55
StuH 42 0 2 2 1 12
 All PzIII Chassis 34 36 53   132
Pz IV A-F1 1 0 0.5 3 9
Pz IV F2-J 9 30 34.5 3 74
StuG IV 0 10 10 1 11
Jagd Pz IV 0 7 7   7
Jagd Pz IV 70 0 8 8   12
Sturm Pz IV 1 2 2.5   3
Hornisse 0 3 3   5
Hummel 0 4 4 1 7
Mobelwagen 0 2 2   2
Wirbelwind 0 0 0 1 1
 All PzIV Chassis 11 66 71.5   131
Pz V 0 18 18 1 58
Jagd Pz V 0 2 2   4
 All PzV Chassis 20 20   62
Tiger I 1 6 6.5 1 13
Sturm Tiger 0 0 0   2
Jagd Tiger 0 0 0   1
 All PzVI Chassis 1 6 6.5   16
Tiger II 0 0 0   5
Ferdinand 0 1 1   1
0 1 1   6
Total 58 126 155 37 374
PSC StuGIIIs, StuH, StuGIV

PSC StuG IIIs, StuH, StuG IV

PSC (3), Skytrex (3) Pz IVs; BPM Hummel, RoCo Ostwind

PSC (3), Skytrex (3) Pz IVs; BPM Hummel, RoCo Ostwind

Skytrex Pz V and PSC Pz VI

Skytrex Pz V and PSC Pz VI

If you have read this far, then yes, it is an excuse (challenge) for you to to put all your Panzers on parade. I’m easily impressed! 🙂

YesthatPhil has already done it last April.

Sources :

  1. Thomas L. Jentz and Hilary Louis Doyle (2011). Panzer Tracts No.23 – Panzer Production from 1933 to 1945. Panzer Tracts. pp. 60–65.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_armored_fighting_vehicle_production_during_World_War_II
  3. https://www.tankarchives.ca/2014/03/losses-vs-repairs.html [Accessed 25/5/20], who states that repairs kept the 1st Guards Tank Army at 33-50% strength (550-200 tanks) during a two week period that would have seen their strength dwindle to zero.
  4. https://www.tankarchives.ca/2013/07/cheating-at-statistics-part-3.html [Accessed 25/5/20]
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equipment_losses_in_World_War_II#Land [Accessed 25/5/20]

8 Comments

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8 responses to “A Proportionate view of German Armour (2)

  1. Nice to see them all, Chris! 🙂 A good variety there as well – I maybe need to get meself a Mobelwagen/Wirbelwind/Ostwind! And stats nicely presented – maybe you should be doing the 5:00pm COVID10 briefings from Number 10!

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  2. Nice collection. I don’t know how you can stop yourselves just adding to it all the time despite the ratios… I admire your self control.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  3. Chris – you seem to get a lot more mileage out of your kit than I do out of mine! Yet I know of at least two, possibly three armies in this town that dwarf mine.

    I have once before shoved most of my kit on table, but it has grown a little – just a wee bit – since then. I guess I’ll just have once more to do a stocktake of German (and other) AFVs…

    Cheers,
    Ion

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  4. I set myself a table limit some years back, but if you run big games, the table can be quite big …. ask Tim Gow. Looking forward to seeing your Parade, Ion 🙂

    Regards, Chris.

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    • Hi Chris –
      I’ve laid out my German AFV inventory on the kitchen table, taken a few photographs, and will be posting on my blog spot shortly. I may do an overall comparison of total German production as you have done.

      One vehicle I have that grossly over-represents German production is my AA Mobelwagen mounting a quad 20mm FlaK. I gather that if any went into service at all, it was a mere handful – single digits. I don’t want to change it though…

      I may follow up with my inventory of German Artillery and AA weaponry.
      Cheers,
      Ion

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