Discussion in 'WWII General' started by sniper1946, Oct 17, 2010.
German Production Costs
Interesting subject, not sure how accurate figures are?
Would be a great table if it was all filled in and included all major weapons systems on both sides. wonder if that exists anywhere?
Look at those costs for MG42's and MP44's, how I want them so bad.
Some interesting info. Though like Spartan notes, would be interesting to see more stats regarding production materials and expenses, a more filled-in set of info.
I also wonder a bit... the third item down the page is simply noted as an "internet posting". Rather dubious in terms of sourcing there. Makes one wonder about the validity of the rest of the info.
While the veracity of these numbers might be questioned, when taken at "face value" one must also consider the inflation and exchange rates of the time-frame. If I’m not mistaken the exchange rate between the Reichmark and the US Dollar in both Swiss and Swedish centers fluctuated up and down between just under 4 RMs to just over 5 RMs per dollar during the war years. Then one has to wonder what the use of "slave labor" did to hold down the costs of the Nazi weapon's data? I mean really, using a man for no cost except keeping him alive surely reduces the "cost of the weapon" for the state.
So one would have to research the exchange rate at the moment the data represents, and then figure in the inflation rate to get a better idea of the "cost" of the weapon/weapon system. As an example, a 1942 dollar had the buying power of $13.93 dollars these days.
So one would have to multiply a "cost" by nearly 14 to get today’s "price" in dollars, and then divide it by the exchange rate between the dollar and the foreign currency.
I may be startilng to sound like a broken record but take a look at Wages of Destruction for both a good background and data on this sort of thing.