Wednesday 25 July 2018

More Firepower

"Order of the People's Commissar of Defense #020
On increasing the firepower of tank and mechanized units of the Red Army.
January 10th, 1943

In order to increase the firepower of tank and mechanized units and formations of the Red Army, I order that:
  1. Introduce the following into the units:
    1. Into each Guards Breakthrough Regiment: a platoon of submachinegunners, numbering 33 men and 32 PPSh.
    2. Into each tank brigade: a company of anti-tank rifles following TO&E #010/375 numbering 61 men and 18 anti-tank rifles.
    3. Into tank and mechanized corps: RGK mortar regiment following TO&E #08/106 and RGK self propelled artillery regiment following TO&E #08/158.
  2. Starting with January 1st, raise the salary of personnel of units, formations, and individual groups armed with anti-tank rifles: 100% increase for enlisted men and junior officers, on average 25% to intermediate officers and higher.
    The salary increase will be determined for each position by the Chief of the Financial Directorate of the NKO after agreement with the Commander of the Armoured and Mechanized Forces of the Red Army.
People's Commissar of Defense,
I. Stalin"

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