Interesting…Art wrote:From the article discussed here previously: strength of German Army Groups on the Eastern Front by the end of 1944 (the post says that the table stands for early 1944 but that's a mistake):
HG Sud and A should be switched over actually. I guess about 43 000 SS soldiers in the Army Group Center mostly belonged to the 4 SS Panzerkorps which was transferred to Hungary in the last days of 1944.
For comparison, according to Ziemke the strength of the Army Group Center on 1 October 44 was about 700 000 soldiers (not quite clear what was included here exactly). It seems natural that it increased somewhat after 3 months of relative lull.
Curiously enough, Soviet official sources (e.g. 12-volume history of WW2) estimated the strength of Army Group Center in Prussia in January 1945 as 580 000 regular soldiers and 200 000 men in Volkssturm. A rare case when they underestimated German strength instead of inflating it.
According my notes for 10/44 and i have 2200000 in 01/45, troops close to the front " combattants "
In general yes mentionned 580000 pers for GAC i think for troops close to the front " combattants " with rear services can do 700000 + .
But seems enormeous 200000 in Volkssturm do about 200 Bns ! one have 600 - 1500 mens.
To Berlin 42000.
For Axis the max is 3315000 Germans in 09/41 without rear services Allied had to max 1000000 in 1942
For Soviets 2680000 in 06/41 and the max 6820000 in 09/43, 01/45 6500000 pers. decrease and many Inf Div are for size a Bde with about 5000 pers
the best rare have max 7000 pers, in East Prussia in april they have in general only 3 - 4000 near Berlin in better conditions ofc have received more replacements.
Soviets at the end have tanks but short in infantry after many losses... and 3 Tank Armies get used with a Polish Infantry Div in Berlin...