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 "April 19th, 1938

The RKKA has obsolete tanks of various types, experimental domestic vehicles, samples obtained abroad, and captured vehicles that cannot be restored and used as fighting vehicles.

  • T-18 tanks: 862
  • Ricardo [Mark V]: 15
  • Vickers 12 ton: 16
  • T-24: 24
  • T-41: 8
  • T-33: 1
  • T-34: 1
  • Renault: 2
  • Carden-Loyd: 4
  • PT-1: 1
  • T-29: 1
  • T-46: 1
  • T-43: 1
  • T-26 APC: 1
  • T-26 munitions carrier: 1
  • T-26 fuel carrier: 1
  • SU-14: 1
The Supreme Military Council of the RKKA decrees that the tanks will be used in the following ways:
  1. 14 Ricardo tanks will be distributed to the following cities: Smolensk, Rostov-on-Don, Kharkov, Leningrad, Kiev, Voroshilovgrad, and Arkhangelsk (2 each) to be installed as monuments of the Civil War.
  2. The RKKA ABTU will create a museum (tanks, armoured cars, SPGs) at the NIABT Proving Grounds. The following tanks will be given as exhibits:
    1. Ricardo: 1
    2. T-24: 1
    3. T-41: 2
    4. T-33: 1
    5. T-34: 1
    6. Vickers 12 ton: 2
    7. Renault: 2
    8. Carden-Loyd: 2
    9. T-18: 2
    10. PT-1: 1
    11. T-29: 1
    12. T-46: 1
    13. T-43: 1
    14. T-26 APC: 1
    15. T-26 munitions carrier: 1
    16. T-26 fuel carrier: 1
    17. SU-14: 1
      Issue the RKKA ABTU 50,000 rubles in 1938 to organize the museum.
      In the future, fill the museum with vehicles that are produced and used by the RKKA that can no longer be used.
  3. Transfer 860 T-18 tanks and 22 T-24 tanks to military district fortified regions for installation as firing positions (including 160 T-18 tanks already used in the Leningrad Military District in 1936).
  4. The remaining tanks (6 T-41, 2 Carden-Loyd, 14 Vickers 12 ton) as well as hulls of T-18 and T-24 tanks that cannot be used in fortified regions due to their technical condition, components, transmissions and running gear of T-18 and T-24 tanks that are being given to fortified regions, as well as any spare parts for these tanks that cannot be used are to be scrapped.
D. Pavlov
P. Alliluyev"


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