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Brian W
Atlanta GA USA
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War in Numbers 1942 - WW2 Special - Logistics and production
12/28/2021 7:45:05 PM
Good video on the insurmountable tsunami that was facing the Axis forces.
(Released today by the "World War Two" channel on YouTube)

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Brian Grafton
Victoria BC Canada
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12/28/2021 8:59:48 PM
Enjoyed the video quite a bit, and can’t argue with the presenter’s concept of supply. Would it be flippant to say that I would feel more comfortable if the presenters looked like Walter Cronkite rather than used car salesmen? GRIN:

This does raise an issue which was probably raised on MHO about 10-15 years ago: is it better to produce masses of cheap, relatively effective goods or fewer, more effective, longer lasting goods. A war economy is a consumer economy, after all, and companies want to make money at war as much as during peace. I’m thinking of the Sherman, a medium tank with vulnerable hull and weak offensive power. The story is that a much more effective design was ready for introduction, but it would be expensive for the war industry to retool. The decision was made to make more Shermans accept high losses of tanks and crewmen, rather than begin production of a better, more powerful, stronger tank.

I’m not stupid. Equipment, supplies and logistics are vital aspects of war, particularly as the speed and spread of war grows. And I’m certainly cognizant of the importance of the US economy to the Allied war effort in WW2. So I’m not knocking the general tenor of the presenter’s argument. I just feel that he downplayed other forces which could not be measured by economic values and may also have huge impact on conflict.

Thanks for directing me to what is a new source for information. Might take me some time to learn how to access, save, and reconnect with stuff, but at the very least it offers arguments to start from.

Cheers. And stay safe.
Brian G
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RichTO90
Bremerton WA USA
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War in Numbers 1942 - WW2 Special - Logistics and production
12/29/2021 12:54:30 AM
Quote:
I’m thinking of the Sherman, a medium tank with vulnerable hull and weak offensive power. The story is that a much more effective design was ready for introduction, but it would be expensive for the war industry to retool. The decision was made to make more Shermans accept high losses of tanks and crewmen, rather than begin production of a better, more powerful, stronger tank.


Except in this particular case, the story simply isn't true. A much more effective design was ready for introduction...beginning in February 1945, when it was introduced. No such "decision" was ever made.
Brian W
Atlanta GA USA
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War in Numbers 1942 - WW2 Special - Logistics and production
12/29/2021 8:53:30 PM
Brian, he's going for a WWII "Edward R. Murrow" type of look. Sorry you missed that. I'm sure he doesn't dress like that for real.
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Phil Andrade
London  UK
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War in Numbers 1942 - WW2 Special - Logistics and production
12/30/2021 12:25:21 PM
Thanks, Brian W, loved it ! All the more so for the “ Jack the Lad” approach of the narrator. A little bit of colour in the personality mixes well with statistical recitation.

The way he depicted the Austrian soldier’s journey to the Russian Front ( Orel ?) made for a big picture assessment combined with the “ worm’s eye” experience of the ordinary man.

I can’t remember much of the data - that’s why I mentioned Orel with a question mark - but I do remember being spellbound for the duration of the broadcast.

Regards, Phil
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