Recently, I got done reading this story about the US government sending 1.4 million weapons to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade plus. While the authors acknowledge that there are conflicting accounts on the exact total, they've got a pretty decent rationale for those numbers.
What I'm most curious about is if folks here would know if that's historically a lot or a little. Did we ship more to Vietnam for our war there? Or to Afghanistan and Iraq before our wars there? Or more to Europe during or after either of the World Wars? Or if this is a constant amount that varies in where it is directed?
There's a number of historians in this group, so if you have advice on where to find the information, that would also be of use. I'm thinking specifically about small arms mostly because that's the comparison point, but context on heavier weapons too is welcome.