Wednesday 23 December 2015

Engine Surplus

"To the Chair of the Committee of Defense of the SNK
Marshal of the Soviet Union, comrade K.E. Voroshilov

For the last three years, Factory #183 has been under-delivering friction clutches for M-17 and M-5 engines, 1086 in total. Of those: 327 in 1938, 267 in 1939, and 492 in 1940. 

Due to the shortage and the additional transfer of 1000 M-17 engines from the Air Force to GABTU, GABTU now has 2500 engines (2000 M-17 and 500 M-5) without friction clutches that cannot be used to repair the BT park or fill up spares stores. 

Factory #183 is the only producer of these friction clutches, and the plan for 1941 is to produce 200 friction clutches for GABTU for the M-5 engine and 270 for the M-17 engine, which satisfies the demand by only 20%.

I ask that you instruct the People's Commissariat of Medium Machinebuilding to include production of 2500 fiction clutches in the quota of factory #183 for 1941. 

Marshal of the Soviet Union
G. Kulik."


  1. Soviet central planing economy at its finest.

    1. Yes, and it's in the form of a letter with probably 4 stamps from different departments.

    2. As the joke goes, "the left hand glove manufacturing plant challenged the right hand glove manufacturing plant to a competition".