Military production during World War II was a critical component to military performance during World War II. Over the course of the war, the Allied countries outproduced the Axis countries in most categories of weapons.
^ Japanese values are included in Axis totals for all years in order to illustrate potential contribution
^ Soviet Union-Allies distribution: 1939: Only 67% due to the pact with Germany, but none to Axis. During 1940 Soviet Union is not counted at all. 1941: 44% is distributed to the Allies (after Operation Barbarossa), 1942-1945: 100%.
^ US values are included in Allied totals for all years in order to illustrate potential contribution & Lend-Lease
^ The Allied total is not the immediate sum of the table values; see the distribution rules used above.
^ The Axis total is not the immediate sum of the table values; see the distribution rules used above.
^ Allied/Axis GDP: This row shows the relation in GDP between the Allies and the Axis; i.e. 2.00 means the Allied production was 2 times larger than the Axis. Only a selection of countries are included in the table. The distribution of values into alliances is described in the previous notes.
Table data source:
Harrison, Mark, "The Economics of World War II: Six Great Powers in International Comparison", Cambridge University Press (1998).
Summary of production
Tanks and SP guns
Military aircraft total
Merchant shipping tonnage
Pillboxes, bunkers (steel, concrete - uk only)
Estimate Concrete runways
Most Battleships and Cruisers were produced before the war and many served through its entirety.