"November 11th, 1939
To the Chief of the 8th Department of the ABTU, Military Engineer 1st Class comrade Afonin
Report on the trials of the A-32 (weight down) and preparations for trials of the A-20 and Voroshilovets tractor
- The A-32 (second prototype) weighed down to the weight of an A-34 has travelled 1047 km. During the third march, the average moving speed off-road was no more than 20-23 kph. This was caused by terrible conditions of the terrain (mud). Typically, the vehicle can only drive in second gear off-road. The transmission is working well in these conditions, there haven't been any defects. A trip on a highway is planned on November 10th to test the running gear.
- Presently, A-20 components (improving the wheeled drive transmission) are undergoing mechanical finishing.
- Despite our insistence, Voroshilovets tractors are not being worked on at all. Management of department 500 claims that its equipment is occupied with other projects (A-7, D-3, D-5, etc). This situation may result in the Voroshilovets tractor not being ready for mass production by January 1st, 1940.
Military representative of the RKKA, Military Engineer 3rd Class, Baikov."