Thursday, 2 January 2020

Post-War Rearmament

"2611-1033ss
June 18th, 1949

On the acceptance of new types of weapons into service with the Soviet Army

The Council of Ministers of the USSR decrees that:
  1. The Soviet Army accepts into service:
    1. The 7.62 mm Simonov semiautomatic carbine model 1945 instead of the model 1944 carbine.
    2. The 7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle model 1947 instead of the model 1941 and model 1943 submachineguns.
    3. The 7.62 mm Degtyaryev model 1944 light machine gun instead of the DPM machine gun.
    4. The 7.62 mm model 1943 cartridge.
  2. The new weapons will be called:
    1. 7.62 mm Simonov semiautomatic carbine (SKS)
    2. 7.62 mm Kalashnikov assault rifle (AK)
    3. 7.62 mm Degtyaryev model 1944 light machine gun (RPD)
    4. 7.62 mm model 1943 cartridge.
  3. The Minister of the Armed Forces comrade Vasilevskiy must present a plan for the re-armament of the Armed Forces with the new weapons within one month.
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, I.Stalin
Chief Administrator of the Council of Ministers, M. Pomaznev"

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