I recently finished reading Richard Overy's The Air War 1939-1945 in which he discussed, among other things, the production of the various combatant nations in WWII. I have always read with interest discussions on forums like this where Germany is credited with tremendous achievements in wartime production, focusing particularly on their increases of 1944. Many use these numbers to indicate that the strategic bombing campaign had little notable effect on German industry. Having a particular interest in armor I have read that while Germany was able to increase tank production in '44 they sacrificed production of parts and necessary logisitic support so the increase did little. In Air War Overy shares the numbers of war production influence the air war. Overy provides some numbers which clearly indicate that Germany's increase was no increase at all. First some background: Population- US- 141,940,00 USSR- 170,400,000 UK- 47,600,000 Ger.- 79,200,000 Labor Force US- 52,000,000 USSR- 70,000,000 UK- 22,900,000 Ger.- 36,200,000 % of world manufac US- 32.2 USSR- 16.5 UK- 9.2 Ger.- 10.7 Aircraft Production - 1944 US- 96,318 USSR- 40,300 UK- 31,036 Ger.- 39,807 No# of Aircft Engines- 1944 US- 256,912 USSR- 52,000 UK- 56,931 Ger.- 54,600 Prod by Weight(m lb.)- 1944 US- 951.6 UK- 208 Ger.- 199 Most know that Germany showed an increase in production in 1944 (15,0000 aircraft) but a closer look shows that they had dedicated their production to fighters and were outproduced in number of engines and weight of airframes (Indicating production of multi-engine aircraft) by Britain which had a smaller workforce and population.