Monday 16 July 2018

Repair Rewards

"Order of the People's Commissar of Defense
On rewards for personnel of armoured units for quick and high quality repair of tanks
February 25th, 1942

In order to accelerate repair and restoration of tanks currently undergoing light and medium repairs in army level, front level, and military repair units, I order that:
  1. Starting on March 1st, 1942, the following monetary reward for personnel of repair units that can provide quick and high quality repair of tanks in the timelines defined by their commanders is introduced.

    Light repairs
    Medium repairs
    KV tank
    350 rubles
    800 rubles
    T-34, Mk.II, or Mk.III tank
    250 rubles
    500 rubles
    BT, T-26, T-40, or T-60 tank
    100 rubles
    200 rubles
  2. The monetary reward will be issued twice a month based on the presentation of a report and its approval by the superior commander.
  3. The reward is distributed as follows:
    1. To the head and military commissar of the repair unit: 5% each from the total reward amount.
    2. At least 70% must go to reward the workers of the unit.
    3. The remainder is to be distributed by the head of the unit and the military commissar among the commanders and service personnel of the repair unit.
  4. Personnel who receive a monetary reward and the reward amount are chosen by the commander and commissar of the unit depending on their participation in the repair work and quality of the work performed, and then announced to the entire unit.
  5. The monetary reward to the head and the military commissar of the unit is assigned by the commander of the Armoured Forces of the Front (or Army). 
  6. For systematic overfulfilment of government quotas for tank repair, personnel of repair units are nominated by the military council for decorations in addition to the monetary reward.
  7. This order must be announced to the personnel of the armoured vehicle repair units and formations.
People's Commissar of Defense
I. Stalin."


  1. Did any other army ise a system likr that?

    And how much money would a single mechanic get, and what would it be worth?

    1. Use a system like

      Sry for typos

    2. Distribution between individual members of the unit was determined by the commander. I don't know about any other system of this type used by other armies.

  2. So, even communists admit communism doesn't work, and people need to be paid for their labor?

    1. The Soviet system was not truly communist in the sense that money was not eliminated, not even close. Cost was a very important factor in every decision.

    2. IIRC Soviet political theoreticians made no bones about the whole thing being still very WIP (some ridiculous declarations by Stalin nonwithstanding) and the retention of various "archaic" systems being an unavoidable necessity during the transition.
      In the end they never got that over and done with, of course, but that's utopian-revolutionary social experiments for you.

      Recall that they also found it necessary to hastily re-establish officer ranks and authority during the war after decades of attempting to systematically abolish both and unceremoniously tapped good old patriotic fervor for the sake of the war effort.
      People and regimes fighting for their lives tend to show remarkable readiness to compromise dogma that way.

  3. And religious fervor, suddenly bringing the Russian Orthodox Church (the opiate of the masses) back into favor.

    1. Yup, imagery of old Tsarist commanders (Suvorov, Kutuzov, etc) returned, lots was written of prior triump of Russian armies, stuff like that.