A typical infantry, and armoured battalion of the various sides.... (and if possible, at various stages of the war)

At what level were supplies (surplus to the immediate projected consumption) stockpiled? Brigade level? division level? army group level etc. ? Or was it centrally, through some sort of supply corps?

A breakdown on lines of this US classification perhaps. I am not looking for an exhaustive list of this table. Rough estimates would do. Food - ammo - fuel - spare parts.

I do not need a single exhaustive monolithic answer. It would help if you can give parts of the picture.

Was researching for making some mechanistic models in SQL. Perhaps even the backend of a game someday.

Also do any organised records of such exist? I tried looking but did not find it on the surface internet. Perhaps some books that I'll have to buy, which quote primary sources.

Class I Subsistence (food), gratuitous (free) health and comfort items

Class II Clothing, individual equipment, tent-age, organizational tool sets and kits, hand tools, unclassified maps, administrative and housekeeping supplies and equipment

Class III Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL) (package and bulk): Petroleum, fuels, lubricants, hydraulic and insulating oils, preservatives, liquids and gases, bulk chemical products, coolants, deicer and antifreeze compounds, components, and additives of petroleum and chemical products, and coal.

Class IV Construction materials, including installed equipment and all fortification and barrier materials

Class V Ammunition of all types, bombs, explosives, mines, fuzes, detonators, pyrotechnics, missiles, rockets, propellants, and associated items

Class VI Personal demand items (such as health and hygiene products, soaps and toothpaste, writing material, snack food, beverages, cigarettes, batteries, alcohol, and cameras— nonmilitary sales items) and paperclips.

Class VII Major end items such as launchers, tanks, mobile machine shops, and vehicles

Class VIII Medical material (equipment and consumables) including repair parts peculiar to medical equipment. (Class VIIIa – Medical consumable supplies not including blood & blood products; Class VIIIb – Blood & blood components (whole blood, platelets, plasma, packed red cells, etc.)

Class IX Repair parts and components to include kits, assemblies, and sub-assemblies (repairable or non-repairable) required for maintenance support of all equipment.

Class X Material to support nonmilitary programs such as agriculture and economic development (not included in Classes I through IX).

Miscellaneous Water, salvage, and captured material.

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    This question as written would require volumes to even begin an adequate response. You are dealing with every level of unit, across 6 years and three continents and a wide variety of fortunes. If on the other hand you were interested in what a typical dough boy carried with him as supplies on June 6, 1944, that would be answerable. – Pieter Geerkens Oct 20 '18 at 12:23
  • @PieterGeerkens I'd be interested in that too. The reason I left it so wide is because after looking for it, I doubt much data exists. So anything coming in would be good. – Rohit Oct 20 '18 at 12:27
  • @PieterGeerkens instead of asking how much did such and such unit carry? , and getting the answer, we don't know – Rohit Oct 20 '18 at 12:28
  • D-Day is amongst both the most documented and most prepared for (by both sides) military events in the history of the world. If we don't have this information for that day, we surely won't have it for any other. – Pieter Geerkens Oct 20 '18 at 12:34
  • Good! Fixed it for youi. – Pieter Geerkens Oct 20 '18 at 12:36

Answering the question at reasonable length is impossible. However, the US Army Centre for Military History makes all their WWII histories available free of charge. Start here with the two volumes on "Logistical Support of the Armies."

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