HiРужичасти Слон wrote: ↑17 Apr 2020 19:38Yes. Logic do apply to everybody. Different choice = different consequence.Andy H wrote: ↑17 Apr 2020 17:40HiРужичасти Слон wrote: ↑17 Apr 2020 16:28In real history Britain was make choices for mobilizations of manpower on British island and on other parts of British empire.Andy H wrote: ↑17 Apr 2020 13:54HiРужичасти Слон wrote: ↑15 Apr 2020 15:48
Germany army high command was have simples calculation for to assess potential mobilize war state for enemy. 1 million population = 2 divisions. For Soviet union was estimate 370 divisions.
I was write 200-300 for conservative using of same calculation. British empire population not including dominions was be about 500 million = 1.000 divisions.
In real history British government was choose for 55 divisions like you was write. Who know what was possible if was make decision to mobilize maximum from empire populations in Afrika and India and other places. But in real history British government was choose not to educate mobilize and train populations for to make biggest Afrika and India armys. It was be not necessary to make that choice because Amerika was give so much industrys and troops instead.
That's a basic a simple/simplistic calculation and if your just putting people into uniforms and calling them soldiers/sailors/airmen, then feasible.
However the RAF pulled in over a million people by 1943 (when the Army strength was 2.7million) and AA Command drew enough people to have formed 12 more divisions. The relative 'complexity' of the machinery of war drew in more people to service and maintain, as did LoC and Supply services. Equally the % of civilian labour required to produce these more complex machines etc, drew down the manpower pool.
I don't have the specifics to hand, but I believe that the UK had one of the highest proportions of its popn involved in either the fighting or support therein of any western combatant.
Not change fact that was be possible for to mobilize much biggest forces with different choices.
Well that logic can be applied to any nation but that application would have consequences as they don't exist in a vacuum.
It's like berating Russia for 'wasting' some of its manpower on its Navy, rather than forming X number of extra divisions with it.
Russia out of its popn of some 195million, around 30million served in the military equating to 15%. In the UK the figure was 13% with the US at 12%
Out of all the Allies, Australia mobilised the largest % to serve in the military at 18%, Germany was 23% and Japan around 12%
But how many countrys have 500 millions populations to tap?
London was capital of island and empire. Maybe was be 13% for island but was be under 2% of empire populations was mobilized for military service. I not include 4 dominions who was make own decisions.
Just who in 1940 was going to arm, equip and train these untold divisions and then logistically support them, once they've been formed?