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Article about: i'm doing some research into the size of the individual army's divisions, brigades, ect 1939-1945, for example how many men made up the ss panzer division that were stationed on the outskirt

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    i'm doing some research into the size of the individual army's divisions, brigades, ect 1939-1945, for example how many men made up the ss panzer division that were stationed on the outskirts of arnhem, at the time of the drop? or how many men made up the southern army that invaded russia and ended up at sevastopol? hope my question makes sense? i have looked up these numbers in variouse books ect and get some really different figures from different authers,,

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    There are vast differences between the types of divisions and the dates stated-generally the establishment strengths of early war units are far larger at the start of the war than the establishment size at the end-manpower shortages meant that firepower was substituted instead and the divisions were streamlined-then one has to consider the actual strength as no units remained at the establishment numbers for very long after they were in action-the German forces that attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941 were pretty much at full strength but by winter all units had been run down and they never fully recovered-all were understrength from then on-even the forces used in occupation or facing potential invasion were constantly 'milked' of troops to provide replacements for active fronts-in June 1944 the 60 divisions in the West were more like 30 when compared to the Allies.

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    thank you for replying, what i meant was at outbreak of hostilities 1939 for example how many men would make a division????, and how was it broke down into numbers regarding brigades units ect,

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    Martin

    Have you seen these sites - may not answer all of the questions but may be of interest to you

    Axis History Factbook: Home

    German Armed Forces

    Regards

    Richie

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    Quote by Richie B View Post
    Martin

    Have you seen these sites - may not answer all of the questions but may be of interest to you

    Axis History Factbook: Home

    German Armed Forces

    Regards

    Richie
    thanks richie, makes for some interesting reading

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