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New Gun for the T-34

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"On arming the T-34 with an 85 mm gun instead of the 76 mm F-34 gun

In order to improve the artillery armament of the T-34 tank, the State Committee of Defense decrees that:
  1. The 85 mm tank gun designed by TsAKB (comrade Grabin) is accepted into service and named "85 mm tank gun model 1944 (S-53)".
  2. T-34 tanks, starting with January of 1944, will be armed with the 85 mm tank gun model 1944 (S-53), installed with the stock turret ring, instead of the 76 mm F-34 gun.
  3. Implement the following plan for transferring to producing T-34 tanks with 85 mm guns in NKTP factories:
    1. January: 25
    2. February: 100
    3. March: 300
    4. April: 800
      and then, starting with May, produce only T-34 tanks with 85 mm guns.
  4. The NKO (comrades Yakovlev and Fedorenko) must supply tank factories with, and the NKV (comrade Ustinov) must produce the following amount of 85 mm guns for rearming T-34 tanks and SU-85 SPGs on the T-34 chassis:
    1. January: 270
    2. February: 400
    3. March: 650
    4. April: 1000
    5. May: 1650
  5. To ensure the production of T-34 tanks and SU-85 SPGs on the T-34 chassis, approve the following plan to transition to production of 85 mm tank guns instead of 76 mm F-34 tank guns:
Factory

System

January

February

March

April

May

92

76 mm ZIS-3

1100

1100

1100

1100

1100

57 mm ZIS-2

200

200

200

200

200

76 mm F-34

1150

1000

700

400

-

85 mm S-53

35

150

300

600

950

13

76 mm F-34

400

200

-

-

-

85 mm S-53

-

50

150

250

400

8

85 mm AA gun

200

200

200

200

200

85 mm D-5

35

50

100

150

300

9

122 mm M-30

300

300

300

300

300

85 mm D-5

200

150

100

-

-

122 mm D-25

40

70

125

160

160

152 mm D-1

15

15

15

15

15

Chair of the Committee of Defense, I. Stalin"


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