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Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

Can anyone suggest a good source for the production numbers of variants of the major tank types. I will like to use the numbers to determine which variants should be most commonly used in games. Maybe there is a ruleset out there with this info? A book, on line source, whatever. Thanks for any help.

Major Mike26 Mar 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

Are you looking for specific tank types. General production numbers for the models can be found here link

But for a Sherman, if you want variant production numbers you can start here, link

Same can be found for the Panther, link

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 9:58 a.m. PST

If you google the individual tanks, Wikipedia will usually have production numbers--but that will not necessarily tell you about common usage. Watch out for models so generally unsatisfactory that they were all employed in training and never sent to a combat unit in a war zone. British had one or two, for instance, and it happened to a lot of Grants. It also won't tell you about use of captured tanks, and the Germans used a fair number of "booty panzers."

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member26 Mar 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

Book – Encyclopedia Of German Tanks Of WWII – Doyle/Chamberlain/Jentz

Book – Jane's World War II Tanks and Fighting Vehicles – Ness

Online – World War II Vehicles

Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

Those Sherman & Panther #'s are exactly what I was looking for. Wikipedia seems to be the best source. It would be nice to find the info all listed in tabular form in 1 place.


Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

That Jane's book looks great. I love their naval books.


rmaker26 Mar 2018 10:24 a.m. PST

Beware of both French and Soviet acceptance numbers. The former "accepted" tanks (and aircraft) that were never delivered in finished form. The latter accepted tanks that were so poorly made that they had to be sent back for rework, then accepted them again, adding to the total of delivered vehicles.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

Here is a nice chart from an excellent Sherman tank site, highly recommended

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 5:13 p.m. PST

I'd forgotten the French business. You could accept the tank--but the turret might be made by another firm, or the main gun or both. The overall effect is that they come into service later, but of course the last tanks accepted in 1940 might never come in at all.

Well, not in the French Army, anyway.

rmaker27 Mar 2018 6:40 a.m. PST

Robert, it was worse than that. Due to politics and bureaucratic ineptness, the French Army and Armee de l'Air accepted onto strength equipment that never even left the factory!

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