What if the Germans decided to stop heavy tank production in late 1943 or 1944?

Nov 2014
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Will the Germans have been a lot better if they decided after Kursk to stop all heavy tank production and to concentrate on building more medium tanks and Panthers instead? Basically they decide in order to save resources the Germans decide to halt all production of AFVs greater than 45 tons or so, could the Germans have produced a German version of the Sherman tank in terms of simplicity armed with the 70 caliber 75mm gun of the Panther, but with thinner 80mm sloped frontal armour to save weight? So this tank will trade armour for speed and the lethality of its main gun.
 

Edratman

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Feb 2009
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There was absolutely nothing that Germany could have done after August 1943 to alter the fact that the war was lost. Germany may have been able to delay, or even accelerate, the date of the final defeat, but the outcome was already ordained. The resources of the allies were just so much greater than that available to Germany.
 
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Although as Edratman points out, no change in production was going to change the outcome. The one thing the Germans realized to late was the value of their tank destroyers. Simplier and faster to build, fighting from defensive positions they were much better value than the various heavy tanks the Germans were producing.
 
Oct 2014
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Although as Edratman points out, no change in production was going to change the outcome. The one thing the Germans realized to late was the value of their tank destroyers. Simplier and faster to build, fighting from defensive positions they were much better value than the various heavy tanks the Germans were producing.
I agree, possibly concentrating on the Panzer IV as well may have prolonged things a bit as well.
 

redcoat

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Nov 2010
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Although as Edratman points out, no change in production was going to change the outcome. The one thing the Germans realized to late was the value of their tank destroyers. Simplier and faster to build, fighting from defensive positions they were much better value than the various heavy tanks the Germans were producing.
Even this was an admission of defeat, tank destroyers are good in defence but poor in offensive operations.
 

Lord Fairfax

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Jan 2015
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, could the Germans have produced a German version of the Sherman tank in terms of simplicity armed with the 70 caliber 75mm gun of the Panther, but with thinner 80mm sloped frontal armour to save weight? So this tank will trade armour for speed and the lethality of its main gun.
You are basically describing a sturmgeschütz.

Any new German tank design begun in Aug 43 would not see significant production before 1945