British v German rangefinders

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dunmunro
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Re: British v German rangefinders

Postby dunmunro » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:27 pm

Paul L wrote:I will go with the "Oxford companion to World War two" , which reports the KM numbers as 190,000 in 1940 -while the Heer/SS was 4.5 million, which is about 23:1.

In 1944v the KM figures are reported at 810,000 while the HEER/SS are reported at 7.1 million ; which is about 9:1...again hardly 40:1. The vast majority of the KM personnel by 1944 were manning the ATLANTIC WALL and indeed did require binoculars.



German Navy combat manpower in July 1943

July 1943
Submarines:___ 49589
Surface vessels: 171,938
Coast artillery: _8454
Air Defense: ___86759
Radio/Radar: __28467
Base and supply: 6929
Total ______351958

Projected strength for Sept 1944 is ~438000



Fuehrer Naval Conferences Jun 29 1943.

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Re: British v German rangefinders

Postby Steve Crandell » Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:20 am

Their entire "base and supply" establishment was less than 7,000 men? How did they ever send ships to sea?

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Re: British v German rangefinders

Postby dunmunro » Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:23 am

Steve Crandell wrote:Their entire "base and supply" establishment was less than 7,000 men? How did they ever send ships to sea?


The figures for submarines and surface vessels are far in excess of actual shipboard complements (crew requirements for 4 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 6 light cruisers and 40 destroyers and torpedo boats and smaller was only ~40,000 and the KM only briefly achieved this strength) and the excess represented shore establishments. Of course many of the base workers were civilian. As I stated previously, the peak strength of all the Commonwealth Navies was just around 1 million, and these navies had many times (~10x) greater seagoing strength and crewing requirements.

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Re: British v German rangefinders

Postby Christian VII. » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:47 pm

Still a completely inaccurate way to gauge the ratio of coated vs non coated optics made, esp. as all evidence available points towards the Heer recieving a lot of coated optics as well. If regular mass produced army Dienstglasses were coated, sometimes both inside & out, then already there you have an indication of how common lense coating was within the German optics industry.

I wouldn't at all be surprised if 1/4th of all German optical equipment made after 1941 was coated either internally, externally or both.


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