How much of production was devoted to tanks, planes, ships, ammunition etc.? Links to published papers are very welcome, as well as sources for the other powers in the war. I'm not interested in production numbers of individual weapons on their own but rather how much of production or spending was devoted to each category. Employment numbers might be a useful proxy. This is a paper which gives some numbers about Germany, but I couldn't find anything for the US (DOI: 10.5787/44-2-1178). I checked the wikipedia article on military production https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_production_during_World_War_II but it only provides either total defense spendings as a percentage of gdp or the number of weapons in each category. I didn't find any sources of anyone having estimated the share of production devoted to each category of weapons for the us. As comparable calculations have been made for Germany in the linked source, the idea of production being fungible is not unrealistic.

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    I doubt money was a limiting factor ; limits were material and labor. For example there was a national metals board that designated how steel, copper, aluminum ,etc was distributed. Certainly there were other boards. So steel could be designated for tanks , but steel was also needed for railroad equipment and ships to deliver those tanks. Then allocation of fuel , food , labor , etc. made it a tremendous effort. – blacksmith37 Dec 6 '20 at 19:38
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    War Production Board , will get into references of these boards. – blacksmith37 Dec 6 '20 at 20:09
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    Is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_production_during_World_War_II an inadequate starting point? – kimchi lover Dec 6 '20 at 21:34
  • Doesn't provide dollar expenditures particularly, but a fairly comprehensive accounting of wartime military & naval production can be found in the Official Munitions Production of the United States by Months, July 1, 1940 - August 31, 1945, found at the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Digital Research Library of the US Army CGSC: cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4013coll8/id/3332 . A handy document to have lying about. – R Leonard Dec 7 '20 at 15:58

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