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Plans for 1941


Item% ready as of July 1st, 1941
ZiS-36 trials-
Research into means for tanks to cross anti-tank obstacles-
Trials of the KIM-10 low powered car-
Composition of instructions for 45 mm gun repairs3
Trials of smoke launchers for the T-34 and KV-
Trials of a smoke device for the T-2810
Technical requirements and manual for field repair and service of the T-4040
Technical requirements and manual for field repair and service of the KV30
Technical requirements and manual for field repair and service of the T-3430
Garage equipment-
Type K1-2 hand pumps100
Fiber and black tin containers for lubricants and aircraft oil55
Racks for automotive and tank equipment and ammunition on wheeled vehicles-
X-Ray quality control for welding seams-
Trials of imported fire-resistant and oil-resistant paints100
Investigation of design and materials used in domestic and foreign fighting vehicle engines-
Trials of GAZ-AA ball bearings with rolled babbit liners-
Electrical filter system design6
Design of stealth headlights for tanks and armoured cars30

ItemScheduled start dateScheduled end dateCost in 1941 in thousands of roubles
Heavily armoured tankMay 1941August 1941122
Towed APCJune 1941August 194117
Chemical trailerJuly 1941September 194121
Single motorcycle with 350 cubic cm engineJuly 1941September 19419
Motorcycle with sidecar with 1200 cubic cm engineAugust 1941October 19418
Infantry support tank with F-32 gun and coaxial DS machinegunJuly 1941October 194159
Motorcycle with sidecar with 750 cubic cm engineJuly 1941October 19418
T-40, T-34, and KV tank field repair and maintenance manualJanuary 1941November 1941225
Technical requirements for medium repair of T-34, KV, T-40, and BA-11January 1941November 1941120
Trials of foreign vehicle enginesJanuary 1941October 194135
Analysis of tank building (part 2)January 1941May 194110

Definitely some interesting things here, like smoke launchers and Notek-like headlights for Soviet tanks, as well as two very vague tank prototypes, but the most interesting thing is the poor readiness of documentation for new tanks. The fancy new T-34 and KV only have their repair and maintenance instructions 30% complete by the start of the war, and even the T-40 amphibious tank has its (presumably much simpler) instructions 40% complete, with all of those due for completion in November of 1941. The situation at the repair depots isn't much better either, with instructions for medium repairs also not scheduled for completion until November, and not for lack of funding. It's no wonder that new Soviet tanks showed poor reliability in the early days of the war.

Via vif2ne.

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