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The concept of density of fire per minute was a very important one in Soviet strategic planning. Effective offense and defence hedges on first and foremost having enough bullets that can fly at the enemy, and some units went so far as to illustrate their abilities.

Here is a map of the 354th Rifle Division's lines with the available volume of fire that can be sent the enemy's way per linear meter in November of 1944.


The data is also broken down in a table.

Weapon

Amount

400 m

600 m

800 m

1000 m

1200 m

Rifle

332

3320

3320

3320



SMG

317

31700

31700




Light MG

22-45

6360

6360

6360

6360


Heavy MG

23-25

14400

14400

14400

14400

14400

Antitank rifle

7, 14

210

210

210

210

210


The range of the SMGs is very optimistic, out to 600 meters. It's also interesting that the types of anti-tank rifles are separated, but both have the same effective rate of fire. The venerable Maxim gun also shows the value of a heavy stable mount, with an effective range rivalling the high velocity anti-tank rifles.

In December, another table is drawn up, this one a little more conservative. A significant amount of reinforcements had arrived in the meantime, so some of the numbers are much higher.


Weapon
Amount
Practical ROF
100
200
300
400
600
800
1000
Rifle
1054
10
10540
10540
10540
10540
10540
10540

SMG
712
100
71200
71200
71200




Light MG
119
80
9520
9520
9520
9520
9520
9520

Heavy MG
63
250
15750
15750
15750
15750
15750
15750
15750
Antitank rifle
19
10
190
190
190
190
190
190


The Maxim is still the longest hitting weapon out there, the anti-tank rifles took a bit of a hit to their range. 


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