Historical Statistics


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    I am starting a thread here for useful statistics for scenario designers. This is data about 1914 from Martin Gilbert's, Recent History Atlas.

    0_1543403989454_f087f75b-91b4-4f63-ad6d-2630121bd0b2-image.png Country Soldiers(1000's) Spend (Millions of £) Battleships Cruisers Submarines Merchant Home Pop (Millions) Colonial Pop (Millions)
    Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Austria 810 22 16 12 6 1 50 0
    Belgium 180 2.75 0 0 0 0 7.5 0
    Bulgaria 340 1.5 0 0 0 0 5 0
    France 1250 37 28 34 73 2 40 58
    Germany 2200 60 40 57 23 5 65 15
    Great Britain 711 50 64 121 64 20 45 390
    Greece 120 0.75 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Italy 750 10 14 22 12 1.75 35 2
    Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 0
    Rumania 420 3 0 0 0 0 7.5 0
    Russia 1200 67 16 14 29 0.75 164 0
    Serbia 195 1.25 0 0 0 0 5 0
    Turkey 360 8 0 0 0 0 20 0
    USA 150 30 37 35 25 4.5 92 0


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    @RogerCooper Cool, but I would split this into different topics per scenario or even source. I think we should have a forum section or subsection for these.


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    @Cernel Perhaps a scenario resources section in the forum


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    @RogerCooper Here are Martin Gilbert's figures for 1939. Some numbers look dubious, apparently Norwegian coastal defense monitors are counted as battleships.

    0_1543541899334_5b220edc-cd82-4a52-a8f2-a885065df646-image.png Country Battleships Destroyers Submarines Soldiers (Thousands) Aircraft
    Belgium 0 0 0 80 210
    Bulgaria 0 0 0 20 0
    Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 180 560
    Denmark 2 0 8 12 65
    France 7 38 76 700 2500
    Germany 5 23 36 1500 4500
    Great Britain 15 189 71 154 2800
    Holland 0 8 30 60 330
    Hungary 0 0 0 350 0
    Italy 4 110 82 850 2000
    Norway 4 8 9 13 100
    Poland 0 4 6 600 800
    Rumania 0 7 2 180 840
    Russia 4 32 36 1300 1500
    Sweden 8 16 16 30 260
    Switzerland 0 0 0 50 200
    United States 15 196 84 166 2500
    Yugoslavia 0 2 4 190 800


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    @RogerCooper It's anyway strange to count battleships and destroyers, but skip cruisers. Also wondering about those 2,500 USA aircrafts in 1939.


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    Those numbers probably give a good overall view and comparison. But I am sure most numbers don't match reality 100% when going into details. Denmark is a tiny nation, so it is not and has never been difficult to count men and material. Here are the above listed numbers compared to the numbers given by war museums in Denmark:

    Denmark 2 0 8 12 65

    Denmark 1 coastal defence cruiser (this was the largest ship type and had to siblings that were scrapped 1932 and 1936)
    0 sub-destroyers
    11 submarines
    7 infantry (+8 thousand conscripts)
    22 fighters (Fokker D. XXI (IIIJ) + a lot of biplane fighter-bombers that I wouldn't categorize as ww2 aircraft)


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    @Frostion Yeah, with 2 battleships for Denmark, 4 battleships for Norway and 8 (!) battleships for Sweden that is more like Viking Age 2.


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    @Cernel Ellis gives 4,000 US aircraft in Dec 1941, so 2,500 seems reasonable for 1939.


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    @Frostion There are conceptual problems for any type of count. Consider for the US today, should you count the Reserves, the National Guard or the Coast Guard as being part of the military manpower? Do you include mothballed ships & aircraft?


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    Here is some figures from John Ellis, World War II, A Statistical Survey for Military Manpower at entry to the war.

    0_1544280387771_8b05b6ca-028b-418a-8e73-b5c5dac8e5fe-image.png Country Manpower on Entry into War
    Albania 13,000
    Australia 91,700
    Belgium 600,000
    Bulgaria 160,000
    Canada 63,100
    China 2,500,000
    Denmark 6,600
    Finland 127,800
    France 900,000
    Germany 3,180,000
    Greece 430,000
    Hungary 80,000
    India 197,000
    Italy 1,899,600
    Japan 1,700,000
    Netherlands 270,000
    New Zealand 13,800
    Norway 25,000
    Poland 1,200,000
    Rumania 686,000
    South Africa 19,000
    UK 681,000
    USA 5,413,000
    USSR 9,000,000
    Yugoslavia 150,000