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Just to pick up on Jon's point of stock levels and slaughtering, there is an interesting little snippet which may be of interest:
Net investment levels (million head).
1941 - -1.0
1942 - -0.1
1943 - -0.6
1944 - 0.5
1945 - 0.7
We see a similar pattern with other animals in terms of peaks and troughs. Will reproduce table in full when I get chance if there's interest.
eg p.6 here which lists locomotives received as part of lend lease. Let's contrast with Soviet production numbers.
Production of locomotive engines (total of steam, electric and diesel). Table C.1, Harrison, op.cit.
1940 - 928
1941 - 715
1942 - 9
1943 - 43
1944 - 32
1945 - 8
Of course, the lack of a breakdown by year means that definitive conclusions are reckless to make on the basis of that source, but it's an interesting fact that when lend lease kicked in, some Soviet production withered away.
Jon G. wrote:While it most certainly has my interest, I am not altogether sure if I understand the denominator used in this table. Is it the net fluctuation of the Soviet cattle population broken down by year, or is it the fluctuation of new cattle raised compared to the year before? In either case, I would have expected the largest dip in new cattle raised to have happened in 1942, apparently that wasn't the case. It is interesting that we can see recovery already from 1944 on - this might show gains from recaptured lands? That would seem congruent with Harrison's remark that Soviet GDP levels were intimately connected to loss and reconquest of land.
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