Total Panzerfaust Production

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Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Dann Falk » 09 Jun 2014 15:35

Greetings All,

1. Anyone know what the total German panzerfaust production was during the war? A breakdown of the different types would also be nice.

2. Did the Allies keep production going after the end of the war in Europe? I would think this would be for testing reasons.

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Re: Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Paul_Atreides » 10 Jun 2014 15:37

Panzerfaust (Faustpatron):
1943 08 - 7(,000);
1943 09 - 17;
1943 10 - 65;
1943 11 - 97;
1943 12 - 164;
Total - 350

1944 01 - 170;
1944 02 - 221;
1944 03 - 258;
1944 04 - 331;
1944 05 - 433;
1944 06 - 323;
1944 07 - 220;
1944 08 - 412;
1944 09 - 487;
1944 10 - 425;
1944 11 - 1084;
1944 12 - 1296;
Total - 5 662.

Source - D. Eichholtz. Geschichte der deutschen Kriegswirtschaft 1939-1945. Bd. II/2. Muenchen, 1999. S. 646-647.

1945 01 - 1000;
1945 02 - 1056;
1945 03 - ?

Source - Germany and the Second World War. Vol. V/II. P. 676.
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Re: Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Paul_Atreides » 10 Jun 2014 16:10

There is no waste, there are reserves (Slogan of German Army in World Wars)

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Re: Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Dann Falk » 10 Jun 2014 16:10

Thanks Paul for the info.

So...
1943 - 350,000
1944 - 5, 662,000
1945 - 2, 560,000
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Grand Total = 8, 572,000

That is a huge number of panzerfausts.

I also read (on this site) that large numbers of them were duds, failed to fire or explode. Due to sabotage, pour workmanship, rushed production.

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Re: Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 20 Dec 2014 03:29

The above numbers are really odd. Looking at the ammunition production history listed in the reports from November 1944 and March 1945, the numbers from October 1944 on match those above, but the numbers before that are much lower in the production reports. Also, the two sources use different metrics, the latter being the most accurate in terms of the number of shots being available to Feldzeuginspektion. Unfortunately, I only have the numbers from October 1943 onwards:

1943-10: 50 000
1943-11: 36 000
1943-12: 93 000
1944-01: 78 000
1944-02: 110 000
1944-03: 141 000
1944-04: 130 000
1944-05: 169 500
1944-06: 189 000
1944-07: 120 000
1944-08: 258 000
1944-09: 294 000
1944-10: 404 000
1944-11: 1 186 000
1944-12: 1 280 000
1945-01: 1 000 000
1945-02: 1 056 000

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Re: Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Paul_Atreides » 26 Dec 2014 05:33

Christian Ankerstjerne wrote: Unfortunately, I only have the numbers from October 1943 onwards:
Probably, your numbers for Panzerfaust only, without Faustpatrone. The 1944 total from your numbers is 4 359,5 thousands. It's much close to figure from Lexikon - 4 120,5 thousands.
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Re: Total Panzerfaust Production

Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 26 Dec 2014 15:42

Thank you, Paul. I had a look through a seperate set of production reports, and apparently, from September 1944 onwards, the two types were reported together. Sadly, I could only find the production numbers from August 1943 to January 1944 for the small version. The numbers still doesn't add up for the original figures, though:

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            Klein        Groß       Total
1943-08       500       6 800       7 300
1943-09     2 500      15 000      17 500
1943-10    15 000      50 000      65 000
1943-11     2 000      36 000      38 000
1943-12    84 500      93 000     177 500
1944-01    79 000      78 000     157 000
1944-02               110 000
1944-03               141 000
1944-04               130 000
1944-05               169 500
1944-06               189 000
1944-07               120 000
1944-08               258 000
1944-09                           294 000
1944-10                           404 000
1944-11                         1 186 000
1944-12                         1 280 000
1945-01                         1 000 000
1945-02                         1 056 000

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