Friday 21 January 2022


March 19th, 1945

In order to refresh the materiel of the Transbaikal Front tank forces, I order to:

  1. Rearm the first regiment of each tank division of the Transbaikal Front with T-34 tanks (69 T-34 tanks).
  2. Rearm the first battalion of each tank brigade with T-34 tanks according to TO&E 010/346 (25 T-34 tanks) and #010/318 (23 T-34 tanks).
  3. Keep old tanks left over from rearming tank regiments and tank battalions in the reserve of the commanders of the tank divisions and brigades.
  4. The Commander of Armoured and Mechanized Forces of the Red Army must send 234 T-34 tanks to the Commander of the Transbaikal Front to rearm tank regiments and tank battalions.
    Send the tanks and crews from May 1st to May 31st, 1945.
  5. The Chief of the General Staff will give any necessary directions on transferring tanks to the Transbaikal Front.
People's Commissar of Defense of the USSR
Marshal of the Soviet Union, I. Stalin"

RGVA F.4 Op.11 D.160-161
Printed in Glavnoye Bronetankovoye Upravleniye Lyudi, Sobytiya, Fakty v dokumentakh, 1944-1945 p.440


  1. Were these T-34/85s or were the replacing Lend/Lease tanks?

    1. These were T-34-85s, all the Shermans that arrived in the Far East arrived with their own units.