German Fuel Statistics

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Yearly Production and Consumption

German production, imports, consumption, and exports from 1940 to 1944, in thousand tons.
Fuel Type Production Consumption Stock, year end
1939
Aviation fuel - - 511
Motor gasoline - - 280
Diesel - - 150
1940
Aviation fuel 966 863 613
Motor gasoline 2 130 1 811 599
Diesel 1 482 1 335 296
1941
Aviation fuel 910 1 274 254
Motor gasoline 2 284 2 504 379
Diesel 1 726 1 856 164
1942
Aviation fuel 1 472 1 426 324
Motor gasoline 2 023 2 089 313
Diesel 1 493 1 519 138
1943
Aviation fuel 1 917 1 825 440
Motor gasoline 2 223 2 101 436
Diesel 1 793 1 744 244
1944
Aviation fuel 1 105 1 403 146
Motor gasoline 1 471 1 805 118
Diesel 1 260 1 435 121
Total
Aviation fuel 6 370 6 791 -
Motor gasoline 10 131 10 310 -
Diesel 7 754 7 889 -
Total 24 255 24 990 -

Oil Sources

Sources of German oil from 1938 to 1943, in thousand tons.
Year Imports Crude oil production, domestic Crude oil production, occupied countries1 Synthetic oil production, domestic2 Captured3 From existing stocks4
1938 4 957 552 - 1 600 - -
1939 5 165 888 - 2 200 - -
1940 2 075 1 465 - 3 348 745 -
1941 2 807 1 562 332 4 116 112 1 140
1942 2 359 1 686 370 4 920 - 134
1943 2 766 1 883 - 5 748 140 139

Notes

  1. Unknown for 1938, 1939, 1940, and 1943. Back.
  2. US intelligence estimate for 1938 and 1939. Back.
  3. Unknown for 1938, 1939, and 1942. Captured oil during Fall Weiß amounted to 10 800 cubic meters of fuel, eight train wagons of diesel oil, three train wagons of machine oil, and 1000 leters and two train wagons of lubricating oil. Back.
  4. Unknown for 1938, 1939, and 1940. Back.

Sources

  1. The United States Strategic Bombing Survey : The Effects of Strategic Bombing on the German War Economy. Overall Economic Effects Division, 1945. 296 p.