Wednesday 11 December 2019


"Issues that comrade Marshal Fedorenko, Commander of Armoured and Mechanized Forces, pays special attention to during inspection of units and formations.
  1. Preparation of vehicles:
    The Marshal considers that vehicles are fully ready when the following is achieved.
    1. The full cargo load of cars is calculated and cargo is loaded.
    2. The amount of cars needed to transport remaining cargo is calculated.
    3. The driver of each car has a list of contents, who he has to report to, etc.
    4. Each car has additional barrels for gasoline, water, and oil. Each tank has a barrel of fuel.
    5. When crews enter their vehicles they must act strictly according to the manual. The senior vehicles, flanking vehicles, and observers must know their responsibilities.
    6. Cargo must be loaded into cars carefully and crews placed correctly.
  2. Preparation of individuals:
    1. Their presentation.
    2. Knowledge of weapons and its conditions.
    3. Care for and protection of the gas mask.
    4. The Marshal pays close attention to the presence of pouches and their condition, the amount of ammunition in each. He personally checks soldiers' reports on the amount of ammunition in pouches. In addition to pouches he checks the ammunition held in reserve.
    5. Flasks must be stored in carrying cases and filled with water.
    6. Trench shovels must be in carrying cases.
    7. Each soldier must have two days of rations in his pack.
    8. Each soldier must have a helmet.
  3. When inspecting commanders, he pays attention to:
    1. Knowledge of the commander's unit. Tank commanders are asked in detail about their tank crew.
    2. Knowledge of the units in a platoon/company.
    3. All commanders are asked the topics covered in training and the proficiency in these topics. He can call out a company or a battalion to demonstrate the solution of a tactical task.
    4. Each commander must have a compass, a ruler, a map, paper, and a candle.
    5. He likes to ask tankers about their knowledge of topography.
  4. Readiness of tank crews:
    1. The tank's battle stowage.
    2. Knowledge of the tactical-technical data of their tank by the crew.
    3. Battle condition 1, 2, and 3, especially condition 1 in a gas mask.
  5. Work of the brigade, corps, and battalion staffs:
    1. Battle alert instructions.
    2. Diagram of deploying and forming up of each battalion with time calculations.
    3. Documentation and battle training plans.
    4. Control of the staff and assistance provided in training units and formations.
Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Vazanov"

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