This is interesting information. Isn't the ration allowance of .24kg about twice the standard wehrmacht meat ration?history1 wrote: ↑14 Jan 2018 19:16Sorry, but I disbelieve this data. Not only the claim that one Schlächtereizug/butchery platoon was able to process all those animals on a single day but also the claimed meat rations.shamirnewell wrote:According to: https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/Germany/HB/HB-6.html
(1) A butchery platoon can process the following number of animals per day.
40 beef cattle equal to 40,000 meat rations.
80 pigs equal to 24,000 meat rations.
240 sheep equal to 19,000 meat rations.
I found another source stating that a butchery platoon was able to process daily:.15 cattle
240 sheeps and to process up to 3000 kg sausage
Source: http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Zus ... nsteID.htm
This data is, IMHO [coming from a village were slaughtering pigs and cows was a common event in the 70/80ies], much more reliable and comprehensible.
1. At the time there were for sure no beef cattle known here, AFAIK. The less in the area of Stalingrad.
2. By a butchers formula it´s impossible to get so many meat portions from cattle or that the meat rations where insufficient.
I´ll show an example with one cow equals 1000 rations.
A Limousin cow from nowadays weights ~ 770kg, that´s her live weight. Minus bowels = 335 kg right after the slaughtering. Due cooling down of the animals body we have another loss of 3% = 324,95kg. That leaves us to the last waste, the bones with again ~25% = 243,71 kg: 1000 = 0,24 kg.
Remember, the example is based on this cow:
and not these speciemn from the Ukraine in 1942:
The source I provided is a us army intelligence digest. The term beef cattle would have been in common usage in the US Army.
Our sources agree on the number of sheep and cattle nut not on the number of cattle.