Wednesday 10 June 2020

Tanker's Syllabus

Deputy Technical Commander of the 3rd Guards Tank Army, Guards Major General of the Tank Engineering Service, Solovyev
June 14th, 1945

Program for technical training of tank and SPG crews in the units and formations of the 3rd Guards Tank Army

Number of hours
Diagrams and materials
Tactical-technical characteristics and a brief description of the overall operation of tanks and SPGs
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs.
Operation of the engine, purpose and design of its components. Common issues, diagnosis and correction methods. Engine service.
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs, brief user’s manual for the V-2 engine, fuel system, lubrication system, and cooling system.
Design of the fuel, lubrication, and cooling systems. Common issues, diagnosis and correction methods. Summer and winter time service.
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs, diagrams, posters.
Electrical equipment of tanks and SPGs, design and purpose of the batteries, generator, starter, starting relay, common issues, diagnosis and correction methods, service and care.
Brief electrical equipment manual, lead-acid battery manual, diagrams of electrical equipment in tanks and SPGs.
Transmission: main clutch, gearbox, final drive clutches, their design, purpose, common issues, diagnosis, and correction methods. Tuning after installation and after use.  
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs, diagrams and posters of the transmission, main clutch, final drive clutches, gearbox.
Final drive: design, purpose, common issues, service.
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs, posters of the final drives.
Running gear: design, purpose, service.
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs, posters of the final drives.
Multicyclone air filter. Disassembly, cleaning, service and care.

Types of oils and lubricants used in tanks and SPGs, simple methods to determine their quality, care and preservation, rules for oiling and fuelling.
Memo regarding use of fuel and lubricating materials, collection of guiding directives for tanks and SPGs #11
Service of tanks and SPGs. Volume of work for various types of service:
  • ·         Inspection
  • ·         Daily service
  • ·         Technical inspection #1
  • ·         Technical inspection #2
Volume of work in servicing tanks and SPGs.
Driving of combat vehicles (practical)
Directives on driving tanks.
Organization of vehicle parks:

  • ·         Process of getting a vehicle ready for duty.
  • ·         Responsibilities of the crew when accepting a vehicle.
  • ·         Rules and order for preparing a vehicle for use.
Directives on use and service of APCs and tractors of the Active Army.
Responsibilities for sentries and soldiers on duty in a vehicle park.

Responsibilities of the access control point chief

Servicing vehicles in field conditions
Usage and service manual.
Tactical-technical characteristics, brief descriptions of the design and features of domestic tanks and SPGs.
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs
Specifics of driving tanks and SPGs in summer conditions.
Brief user’s manuals of tanks and SPGs
Brief description of the design and features of foreign tanks and SPGs (England, America).


1 comment:

  1. In terms of Soviet-style tankers training- I have interesting Polish book "we drivers of tanks". That's partially T-34 manual and partially war stories. According this book, driver training include usage a scale model of tank on proving ground makette. According book, during training driver stay on fake tank driver station and instructor powering tank scale model by it's hand (tank scale model don't have engine and steering mechanism). IIRC, in one documentary movie I saw similar trainign method, but tank scale model use it's own electric engine as power source and it's steering mechanism for turns (not intructor hand). Of course, in both situation we don't have camera in tank model and screen front of driver head.