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#1 Carl G. E. von Mannerheim

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 08:07 PM

Does anyone know just how much money the United States spent on arms during WW2?


Any information is helpful..


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With broken heart and bowed in sadness, but not in shame, I report to your Excellency that today I must arrange terms for the surrender of the fortified islands of Manila Bay… With profound regret and the continued pride in my gallant troops I go to meet the Japanese commander. Good-Bye, Mr. President. - Gen. Wainwright, May 5, 1942


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Posted 21 April 2004 - 03:50 PM

Carl,
If it's any help, Britain had spent 5,782 MILLION on the war by 1943.

Regards,

Gordon
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#3 Carl G. E. von Mannerheim

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 12:20 AM

Originally posted by The_Historian:
Carl,
If it's any help, Britain had spent 5,782 MILLION on the war by 1943.

Regards,

Gordon

thank you very much mate, this helps a lot

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With broken heart and bowed in sadness, but not in shame, I report to your Excellency that today I must arrange terms for the surrender of the fortified islands of Manila Bay… With profound regret and the continued pride in my gallant troops I go to meet the Japanese commander. Good-Bye, Mr. President. - Gen. Wainwright, May 5, 1942


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Posted 19 May 2004 - 03:01 PM

I've been investigating and I haven't been able to find much. But if this interests you, here is what Germany expent in WW II (cyphers are in billion Reichsmarks)

Military   Civil
1939-1940   38.0   20.0 
1940-1941   55.9   24.1 
1941-1942   73.3   28.2 
1942-1943   86.2   37.8 
1943-1944   99.4   30.6
"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 07:21 PM

Finally got some figures. smile.gif

(Figures in 1941-1945 US dollars, which might be equivalent to 12-16 2004 US dollars)

The USA expent a total of $ USD 341.000.000.000 from 1939-1945 (50.000.000.000 of them were expend on Lend & Lease loans to Allied countries).

Germany expent a total of $ USD 272.000.000.000 from 1939-1945.

The USSR expent a total of $ USD 192.000.000.000 from 1939-1945.

The British Empire expent a total of $ USD 120.000.000.000 from 1939-1945.

Italy expent a total of $ USD 94.000.000.000 from 1939-1945.

A comparative estimate:

In 1940 Germany was the country which expent most money in weaponry world-wide, $ USD 6.000.000.000. In 1943 that cypher had been doubled and reached $ USD 13.600.000.000.

In 1940 the non-beligerant USA invested $ USD 1.500.000.000 in weaponry, and $ USD 37.500.000.000 in 1943.

As a footnote, the post-war 'Marshall Plan' for the reconstruction of western Europe cost the USA $ USD 13.000.000.000, 15% in loan concept and 75% in lost-fund donation.

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"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:37 PM

Thanks for that information fried, i really really apprciate it

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With broken heart and bowed in sadness, but not in shame, I report to your Excellency that today I must arrange terms for the surrender of the fortified islands of Manila Bay… With profound regret and the continued pride in my gallant troops I go to meet the Japanese commander. Good-Bye, Mr. President. - Gen. Wainwright, May 5, 1942


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 11:21 PM

Better late than never… :D
"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun




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