Regarding Axis Fuel supplies

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Regarding Axis Fuel supplies

Post by Brian Von Stauffenberg » 03 Apr 2002 17:00

Somebody posted recently that they thought if the Axis had enough oil reserves it could have made a difference, looking at the figures for the Divisions of Axis V Allies in late 1944 i think this is fantasy, in my opinion The Axis could not have won even if they had unlimited planes and oil, look at the figures and remember the German Divisions were in the most part a fraction of their intended compliment of men.

Late 1944, 91 Allied Divisions in France, Belgium and the Netherlands facing 65 German Divisions across a 400Km front.
In the East 560 Soviet Divisions were fighting 235 German Divisions across a 3,200km front.
Even if the Allies had not opened up the Western front the Germans would have been outnumbered 2 to 1 in Divisional figures and probably 3 to 1 in manpower and would most likely have lost to the Soviets alone.

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Post by Dan » 03 Apr 2002 17:13

In 1942, the Soviets had about 7.5 million fighting men, and the Germans about 4.1 million.

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And?

Post by Brian Von Stauffenberg » 03 Apr 2002 17:16

I was talking about Late 1944 as stated.

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Post by Victor » 03 Apr 2002 20:49

Comp[aring the number of divisions isn't a very efficient method. Especially when refering to 1944-45. Many German "divisions" by that time were only divisions on paper, not in reality.

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Like i said

Post by Brian Von Stauffenberg » 03 Apr 2002 21:10

Most German Divisions were a fraction of their intended compliment of men, i merely sought to show how superior numbers of men were the main factor not oil.

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