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"TO&E #04/395

Independent penalty company of the active army
  1. Organization
    1. Command
    2. Three rifle platoons
    3. 82 mm mortar platoon
    4. Medical unit
    5. Quartermaster unit
  2. Personnel
    1. Officers: 8 permanent, 0 temporary
    2. Sergeants: 3 permanent, 31 temporary
    3. Privates: 1 permanent, 110 temporary
    4. Total: 12 permanent, 141 temporary
  3. Horses
    1. Draft horses: 6
  4. Materiel:
    1. 82 mm mortars: 2
    2. DP handheld machineguns: 12
    3. Submachineguns: 49
    4. Rifles and carbines: 82
  5. Transport:
    1. One-horse carts: 2
    2. Two-horse carts: 1
    3. Cavalry type field kitchen: 1
Position or item

Rank

Amount

Specialty code

Salary

Weapon

Perm

Temp

Command

Company commander

Captain

1


1

1100

p b k

Propagandist

Sr. Lieutenant

1


1

900

p k

Quartermaster/accountant

Intendant Lieutenant

1


6

750

p

Total


3





Three rifle platoons

Platoon commander

Sr. Lieutenant

1


1

800

pp b k

Assistant platoon commander



1



pp k

Signals



1



pp k

Sniper



2



sk #1

Squad commander



4



pp k

Deputy squad commander/MG gunner



4




MG assistant



4



krn #1

Rifleman



4



8 pp, 16 krn #1

DP






4

Total


1

40




Total in all platoons


3

120




82 mm mortar platoon

Platoon commander

Lieutenant

1


2a

800

pp b k

Squad commander



2



pp k

Deputy squad commander/ gunner



2



p

Mortar crewmen



8



kr #2

82 mm mortar






2

One-horse carts for mortars






2

Total


1

14




Medical unit

Field doctor

Medical Lieutenant

1


55

750

p

Nurse



4




Total


1

4




Quartermaster Unit

Unit commander, also company Starshina

Starshina

1


1


pp k

Armourer and scribe

Admin Sr. Sergeant

1


128


v #2

Senior cook

Admin Sr. Sergeant

1


124


v #2

Cook

Red Armyman

1


124


v #2

Armourer



1



v #2

Coachman



2



v #2

Utility cart






2

Cavalry type field kitchen






2

Total

                 

4

3



4

Total in company


12

131



6 carts

October 2nd, 1944"


As you can see from the list of weapons used by the company, it was hardly "the one with the rifle shoots, the one without the rifle follows". However, the weapon types are a bit hard to decode, since not all of them are accounted for in the initial totals. PP is obviously submachineguns, p are pistols, sk are sniper rifles, v are regular rifles, kr are carbines. I don't know what #1 and #2 stand for (possibly variants of the carbine, but it's not clear why that would matter to anyone), or what k and b are. Valeriy had a theory that b is binoculars, and k is perhaps a map. 

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