"To commanders of tank units and armoured trains
_ July 1943
Recent fighting showed that artillerymen and tankers leave tanks alone after the first penetration during enemy tank attacks. The enemy takes advantage of this, evacuates the tanks at night or even during the day, repairs them and sends them into battle.
The Front commander orders: the army needs to reliably shoot up and burn every knocked out enemy tank to completely render it useless.
Chief of Staff of the Motorized and Armoured Forces of the 13th Army
Lieutenant Colonel Chetverikov"