February 17th, 1945
The NKPS Technical Commission has established that the M4A2 tank weighs 32.5-33 tons. Loading two M4A2 tanks on one 60 ton flat car is categorically forbidden to avoid crashes and accidents during transport. Give these directions to factories and military representatives.
When composing requests to transport M4A2 tanks, allocate one 50 ton flat car for each tank.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armoured and Mechanized Forces, Guards Major General of the Tank Forces, P. Markov
Chief of the Operations Department of the Staff of the Armoured and Mechanized Forces, Engineer-Colonel Martynov"