Selected Equipment Production Figures World War II

This table provides a small selection about a wide range of equipment produced by all sides during the Second World War.

The tables are grouped according similar equipment / cateorgies to allow comparions. For example: total aircraft produced by each participant is grouped together. Within the aircraft table different types produced by each nation are grouped together to allow that comparison and so forth.

In all cases either official production runs are reported or the best estimate from a variety of sources was used to come up with the figures.

Aircraft

Total Aircraft Production During the Second World War (1937-1945)
Country Total A/C Built 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
United States Army Aircraft 297,199 (1941-1945)                  
United States NAVY Aircraft           1593 16371 26401 15332 759
Germany 119,871                  
United Kingdom 131,549     7940 15049 20094 23672 26263 26461 12070
France                    
Russia

158,218 (1940-1945)

                 
Italy         3,257 3,503 2,818 1,930    
Japan 76,320                  
Poland                    
Hungary                    
Romania                    
Canada                    

Figures include prototypes and licensed produciton. Navy Figures from Statistigal Abstract of the United States, 1947. From 1 January 1940 to the end of the war the United States produced more than 300,000 aircraft, the United Kingdom 131,549, the USSR 158,218, Germany 119,871 and Japan 76,320. Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Statistical Abstract of the United States, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1950). By the time Germany invaded Poland in September of 1939, the Luftwaffe was flying about 850 Bf 109Es and 235 Bf 109Ds.

Aircraft Production Detail by Type During the Second World War (1937-1945)
Country Total A/C 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
    Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other Fighter Heavy Bomber Med / Light Bombers Ground Attack Transport Other
United States 297,199           3,100                                                                                                
Germany 119,871             475           614   755 134 145 298 2963   2788 603 388 1251 5366   3376 507 502 1291 5679 166 4050 1249 573 1290 15526 415 4709 3266 1027 1447 19303 565 2791 5596 414 1686 4019     1104 30 216
United Kingdom 131,549                                                                                                            
France                                                                                                              
Russia 175,000

136,838 1941-1945
                                                7000         8735 9900       450 24790 14600       1260 19624 18000       1500   16000          
Italy 11,508                                               3,257           3,503           2,818           1,930                        
Japan 76,320                                                                                                            
Poland                                                                                                              
Hungary                                                                                                              
Romania                                                                                                              
Canada                                                                                                              

Production Runs on Selected Aircraft Types

Selected Aircraft Production Runs during the Second World War (1937-1945)
Country                                
United States North American
P-51
Mustang
15,586

Republic
P-47
Thunderbolt
15,686

Lockheed
P-38
Lighting
9,470
Boeing
B-17
Flying Fortress
12,726

Consolidated
B-24
Liberator
18,188

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
3,898
Grumman
F4F
Wildcat
7,885
Grumman
F6F
Hellcat
12,275
Chance-Vought
F4U
Corsair
12,571
North American
B-25
Mitchell
9,884

Douglas A-26 Invader
2,052

Martin
B-26 Marauder
5,266
SBD
Dauntless
5,937
Douglas
C-46 Commando
3,182
Douglas
C-47
Dakota
10,655
North American
AT-6 Texan
15,495
Germany Meserschmitt Bf 109
33,000+ (Including 2,500 mainly by Spain thru 1957)
Messerschmitt Bf 110
5,700+
Messerschmitt Me 262
1,400+

Messerschmitt Me 410
1,642

Messerschmitt Me 210
348
Focke-Wulf FW 190
20,000+
Focke-Wulf
TA-152  67
Focke-Wulf
Fw 200
260
Junkers
JU 87
5,700+
Junkers JU88
15,000+
Junkers
FW 200 Condor
260
Dornier DO 217
1,730

Fieseler Fi 156 Stork
2,874
Junkers
JU 52
3,500+
 
United Kingdom Supermarine Spitfires
33,198
Hawker Hurricanes
12,975

Mosquito
7,781
6,710 during the war

Avro
Lancasters
7,377
Wellingtons 11,461   Halifax
6,176
(some post-war)
Sterling < 200                
France                                
Russia LA-5
10,599
Yak-9
16,700
La-7
5,753
LaGG-3
6528
Pe-2
11,427
Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik
31,163 
Mig-3 8,000               Li-2  
Italy                                
Japan                                
Poland                                
Hungary                                
Romania                                
Canada                                

Totals include licensed production by other countries. Main source: The Army and Economic Mobilization (Washington, DC: Center of Military History, 1985) , Statistical Digest of the United States (various years).

Production Runs on Selected Infantry Type Equipment

Selected Production Runs Infantry Weapons and Equipment Second World War (1937-1945)
Country Rifle Rifle MG 30 Cal MG 50 Cal SMG LMG AT Guns AT Infantry Flak 20mm Flak 30mm Flak 37mm Flak 88mm Flak 105mm Flak 128 mm Flak 0ther Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Tank Total Medium Tanks Total Tank Chassis Mobile Artillery Mobile Artillery Mobile Artillery Jeep / Kubelwagon types Halftracks Truck
United States M1 Garand 4,028,395 M1 Carbine 6,117,767
(some say 6,221,220)
ANM2
193,556
(70,000 in .303 British)
                        M1
34
M2
375
M3 Stuart Light Tank of WWII
M3 Stuart

13,859
World War II M4 Sherman Tank 75 mm Main Gun
M4 Sherman

44,286
M5 Stuart
8,851
M10 (TD)
6,706
M7
4,316
M18 Hellcat
2,507
M24
4,731
M26 Pershing
2,202
M30 (Ammo Carrier)
100
M36
2,324
        57,027 102,253 M4 (Sherman) 105mm Howitzer
4,680
M12 155mm Howitzer
100
  Jeep
647,870
M3 Halftrack WWII
M2 - M3 - M9 Halftrack

37,981
676,433 2 1/2 Ton
Germany K98               142,100 400 20,200 14,600 3,980 1,100   Pz II
653
PZ III
5,676
Pv IV
8,298
Pv V Panther
5,984
Jadg Panther V on display in Belgium.JadgPanther V
424
Pz VI Tiger I
1,350
Pz VI Tiger II
480

JadgTiger
77

Marder
372
Marder (Model 138)
1,216
Marder (Model 139)
344
Czech 38(t)
1,396
StuG III
9.240
StuG IV
1,141
Jadg IV
1,997
Wirbelwind
105
Hetzer
3,022
  Wespe
676
Hummel
714
Grille
346

 

   
United Kingdom                                                                              
France                                                                              
Russia         PPsH 5,500,000                                                                    
Italy                                                                              
Japan                                                                              
Poland                                                                              
Hungary                                                                              
Romania                                                                              
Canada                                                                              
 

Figures include licensed production in other nations. The War Production Board figure for tank production in World War II is 86,333 between 1 July 1940 and 31 July 1945.

Naval Ships Built Before and During World War Two

Selected Production Runs Naval Ships 1935-1945
Country   Freighter Freighter Tanker Minesweeper "Jeep" Carrriers "Large Carriers" Carriers APA LST Landing Craft LCI DUWK Torpedo Boats Battleships Pocket Battleships Battle Cruisers Cruisers Light Cruiser Destroyer Destroyer Escorts Frigates or similar Submarines
United States Total Supply Type Ships
5,777
Liberty Ship
2,580
Victory Ship
414

Liberty Ship Conversions to oil tankers etc 119. Of which 50 were to "Jeep Carriers"

  107 - including conversions 2 27   1050 78263     8   2 48 26 349 508   203
Germany                                           1,158
United Kingdom                                            
France                                            
Russia                                            
Italy                                            
Japan                                            
Poland                                            
Hungary                                            
Romania                                            
Canada                                            

 

German Tank Production by Type

Production German Tank Production Pre War thru 1945
Panzer I Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Pz I 1867 1,867
Pz I (Command - no turret) 26 26
Total 1,893 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,893
Panzer II Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Pz II 1,223 15 9 223 302 77 7 1,856
Px II (f) 90 42 23 155
Marder II 511 212 723
Wespe 514 144 658
Bison 12 12
Total 1,223 15 99 265 848 803 151 0 3,404
Variants:
Panzer II (f) - flamethrower tank (converted from older types)
Marder II - 75 mm Pak 40 gun on Panzer II chassis (Sd.Kfz. 131) (some converted from older types)
Wespe - 105 mm light field howitzer on Panzer II chassis (Sd.Kfz. 124)
Bison - 150 mm heavy infantry gun on Panzer II chassis
Panzer 38(t) Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Pz 38(t) 78 153 367 678 198 1,474
Marder 138 110 783 323 1,216
Marder 139 344 344
Grille 225 346 571
Hetzer 1,687 1,335 3,022
Total 78 153 367 678 652 1,008 2,356 1,335 6,627
Variants:
Marder 138 (Marder III) - 75 mm Pak 40 gun on Panzer 38(t) chassis (Sd.Kfz. 138)
Marder 139 (Marder III) - captured Soviet 76.2 mm gun on Panzer 38(t) chassis (Sd.Kfz. 139)
Grille - 150 mm heavy infantry gun on Panzer 38(t) chassis (figures include munition-carrying versions of the Grille) (Sd.Kfz. 138/1)
Hetzer (Jagdpanzer 38(t)) - 75 mm L/48 PaK39 gun on a widened Pz 38(t) chassis (Sd.Kfz. 138/2)
Panzer III Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Pz III 98 157 396 651
Pz III (50) 466 1,673 251 2,390
Pz III (50L) 64 1,907 1,971
Pz III (75) 449 213 662
Pz III (f) 100 100
StuG III 192 540 93 825
StuG III (l) 695 3,011 3,849 1,038 8,593
StuH 42 12 204 903 98 1,217
Total 98 157 1,054 2,277 3,407 3,528 4,752 1,136 16,409
Variants:
Panzer III - armed with 37 mm gun
Panzer III (50) - armed with 50 mm L/42 gun
Panzer III (50L) - armed with 50 mm L/60 gun
Panzer III (75) - armed with 75 mm L/24 gun (converted older types)
Panzer III (f) - armed with flamethrower
StuG III - Sturmgeschütz 40. Assault Gun armed with 75 mm L/24 on Panzer III chassis (Sd.Kfz. 142)
StuG III (l) - Sturmgeschütz 40. Assault Gun armed with 75 mm L/43 or L/48 on Panzer III chassis (Sd.Kfz. 142/1)
StuH 42 - Sturmhaubitze 42. StuG III with 105 mm light field howitzer (Sd. Kfz. 142/2)
Panzer IV Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Pz IV (short) 211 45 268 467 124 1,115
Pz IV (long) 870 3,013 3,126 385 7,394
StuG IV 30 1,006 105 1,141
Jagdpanzer IV 769 769
Jagdpanzer IV/70 767 441 1,208
Sturmpanzer IV 66 215 17 298
Hornisse 345 133 16 494
Hummel 368 289 57 714
Moebelwagen 205 35 240
Wirbelwind 100 6 106
Ostwind 15 28 43
Total 211 45 268 467 994 3,822 6,625 1,090 13,522
Variants:
Panzer IV (short) - Panzer IV with short 75 mm L/24 gun
Panzer IV (long) - Panzer IV with long 75 mm L/43 or L/48 gun
Sturmgeschütz IV - Assault Gun. Superstructure of Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G on Panzer IV chassis; armed with 75 mm L/48 gun (Sd.Kfz. 167)
Jagdpanzer IV - Tank Destroyer with 75 mm L/48 gun on Panzer IV chassis (Sd.Kfz. 162)
Jagdpanzer IV/70 - Tank Destroyer with 75 mm L/70 gun on Panzer IV chassis (Sd.Kfz. 162/1)
Sturmpanzer IV (Brummbär) - with 150 mm field howitzer on Panzer IV chassis (Sd.Kfz. 166)
Hummel - 150 mm field howitzer on Geschützwagen III/IV chassis (Sd.Kfz. 165)
Hornisse - 88 mm PaK43/1 auf Geschützwagen III/IV, later known as Nashorn (Sd. Kfz. 164)
Möbelwagen - Anti Aircraft. 37mm FlaK 43 L/89 on Panzer IV chassis (Flakpanzer IV Sd.Kfz.161/3)
Wirbelwind - Anti Aircraft. quadruple 20mm FlaK 38 L/112.5 guns on Panzer IV chassis, with armored turret (Flakpanzer IV)
Ostwind - Anti Aircraft. 37mm FlaK 43 L/89 on Panzer IV chassis, with armored turret (Flakpanzer IV)
The Panzer IV was originally armed with a low-velocity 75 mm L/24 gun. In 1942 this was upgraded to a 75 mm L/43 gun, in 1943 to a 75 mm L/48 gun; both these guns are classed as "long" in the table.
Panzer V Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Panther 1,848 3,777 507 6,132
JagdPanther 1 226 198 425
Total 0 0 0 0 0 1,849 4,003 705 6,557
Variants:
Panther (Panzer V) was armed with a 75 mm KwK 42 L/70 gun (Sd.Kfz. 171)
Jagdpanther - Tank Destroyer with an 88 mm L/71 PaK43 gun on Panzer V chassis (Sd.Kfz. 173)
Panzer VI Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Total
Tiger I 78 649 623 1,350
Tiger II 1 377 112 490
Jagdtiger 51 28 79
Sturmtiger 18 18
Elefant 90 90
Total 0 0 0 0 78 740 1,069 140 2,027
Variants:
Tiger I (Panzer VI E) was armed with an 88 mm L/56 gun (Sd.Kfz. 181)
Tiger II (Panzer VI B, also known as Königstiger) was armed with an 88 mm L/71 gun (Sd.Kfz. 182)
Jagdtiger - Tank Destroyer armed with a 128 mm L/55 PaK44 gun (Sd.Kfz. 186)
Sturmtiger - 380 mm rocket mortar on Tiger I chassis (converted from battle damaged tanks)
The Elefant (Sd.Kfz. 184) used the chassis of Porsche's losing entry for the Tiger competition. On top of this chassis, a forward-facing 88 mm L/71 gun was mounted.
Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Grand Totals 3,503 370 1,788 3,687 5,979 11,750 18,956 4,406 50,439
Summary Table:
Pre-war 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Panzer I 1,893 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,893
Panzer II 1,223 15 99 265 848 803 151 0 3,404
Panzer 38(t) 78 153 367 678 652 1,008 2,356 1,335 6,627
Panzer III 98 157 1,054 2,277 3,407 3,528 4,752 1,136 16,409
Panzer IV 211 45 268 467 994 3,822 6,625 1,090 13,522
Panger V 0 0 0 0 0 1,849 4,003 705 6,557
Panzer VI 0 0 0 0 78 740 1,069 140 2,027
Total 3,503 370 1,788 3,687 5,979 11,750 18,956 4,406 50,439

Tank chart compiled by Tom Richardson.

Individual Unique Production Plant Achievements

Castle Bromwich in Birminham became one the largest fighter aircraft factories in the western hemisphere created 11,780 Spitfires and 305 Mark 1 Lancaster bombers.

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