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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 05 Apr 2019 16:22

A sample report with availability of transport by subunits (27 Guards Motor Rifle Brigade, 10 April 1945):
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=454713365
Note that the brigade had a few horses which were probably used by scouts or messengers.

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 07 Apr 2019 10:05

A similar report from 31 March gives more than 300 horses in the 27 GMRBr:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=454713351
I guess, horses were temporarily borrowed to compensate for lacking motor transport.
A document from the same period calculates that one motor rifle battalion needed 62 horses and 27 horse-drawn wagons to lift heavy weapons, ammunition and other materials and equipment. That doesn't include transport needed for personnel.

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 07 Apr 2019 15:56

After-action report of the 27 Guards Motor Rifle Brigade describes several examples of organization of the march:

I.
a)Motorized group consisting of the brigade HQ and HQ units, artillery battalion, mortar battalion, 2 Motor Rifle Battalion and motor vehicles of the 1st and 3rd Battalions.
b) Horse group: 1st and 3rd Motor Rifle Battalions, anti-tank rifle company and sub-machine gun company on horse-drown wagons
II.
a)Motorized group: brigade HQ and HQ units, artillery battalion, mortar battalion, motor vehicles of the motor rifle battalions.
b) Horse group: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Motor Rifle Battalions, anti-tank rifle company and sub-machine gun company on horse-drown wagons

Despite the name the brigade was made mobile using a large number of horses and horse-drawn wagons.

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 08 Apr 2019 07:21

Excellent finds Art. We have seen these horse drawn Mechanised Brigades before but it is great to see such detail and the actual distribution of the transport among the troops. The "independent" Mechanised and Motor Rifle Brigades seemed particularly prone to this transport shortage.

What I have been looking at is the idea that different types of Mechanised/Motor Rifle units received varying levels of transport allocation. You can group the units into three broad categories:

Independent Mechanised Brigades
Independent Motor Rifle Brigades - the examples above of 26 and 27 Motor Rifle Brigades are an example of this

Mechanised Brigades of Mechanised Corps - 47 Mech Bde above would seem to fit this category
Motor Rifle Brigades of Tank Corps

Mechanised Brigades of Mechanised Corps of a Tank Army
Motor Rifle Brigades of Tank Corps of a Tank Army

and we would expect that units operating with Tank Armies would need more transport than those operating independently.

However although it is easy to establish which units were assigned to Tank Armies that does not mean that they were actually operating at the sharp end. Nor until Jan 1944 did the Tank Armies cover much ground in their offensives, usually up to 180 km until the Uman Offensive Operation of Jan 1944 with 2 Tank Army. This was the first time that a Tank Army achieved a deep (300 km) advance into enemy lines [Tank Armies in the offensive]. For this offensive 2 Tank Army operated with 3 and 16 Tank Corps and 11 Guards Tank Brigade while at least two Mechanised Corps were held at Front level and performed independent operations.

So really we are looking for Mechanised Brigades in a Mechanised Corps operating with a Tank Army after Jan 1944 for an extended period, to see the highest level of transport allocation, perhaps?

Th best candidate to date with information in Pamyat Naroda is the 3 Mechanised/8 Guards Mechanised Corps (19GMB 20GMB 21GMB) which served with 1 TankArmy from Feb 1943 to the end of the war and importantly the Tank Army only consisted of 8 GMK and 11 Guards Tank Corps so we know that the Mech Corps took part in operations such as the East Pomerian Strategic Offensive.

For the transport of the 8 GMK we have two railway transportation documents from November 1944:
План железнодорожной перевозки 8 гв. мк по состоянию на 24 ноября 1944 г. [Railway transport plan 8 Guards. Mech Corps as of November 24, 1944]:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=136498547
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=136498530

and July 1944:
Сведения о прибытии автотранспорта и личного состава в новый район сосредоточения частей и соединений 8 гв. мк [Information about the arrival of vehicles and personnel in the new area of ​​concentration of parts and connections of 8 Guards. Mech Corps]:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=113131806

and June 1944:
Расчет личного состава, вооружения и автотранспорта, следуемого своим ходом [Calculation of arrival of men, weapons and transport with the units]:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=136498422

there are several March diagrams and tables:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=135014311
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=135014313
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=454990142
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=113131806

There is the combat journal: Боевой путь 8 гв. мк [Combat Operations of 8 Guards Mechanised Corps]:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=454766765

and then the maps for the East Pomeranian Operation from which you can calculate the rate of advance of 8 GMK and shows it operating as part of the Tank Army:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=101006615
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=101020915

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 08 Apr 2019 15:35

Also some more curious documents from the 27 GMRBr

Calculation of motor transport needed for transportation of personnel and equipment/materials from December 1944:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=450418262

This document gives some hard numbers regarding transport requirements. The ammunition load of the brigade which was nearly at full strength of weapons was 106 tons (36 tons for small arms and 70 for artillery), fuel load - 12 tons, daily ration - 7.3 tons.
Tonnage of cargoes to be lifted by transport:
Ammunition - 106 tons (1 ammunition unit)
Fuel - 18 tons (1.5 loads)
Rations - 22 tons (3 daily rations)
Clothing&general supplies - 9 tons
Spare parts - 20 tons
Engineer materials and equipment - 12 tons
Total 187 tons or 122 1.5-ton trucks. (the available tonnage was 258 tons)
Also 155 trucks needed to transport personnel (20 men per truck), 4 trucks for 82-mm mortars, 6 trucks for machine guns and mortars. Total 287 trucks as a minimal requirement versus 160 available automobiles.

Calculation of motor and rail transport needed for transportation of personnel, equipment, and materials, December 1944:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=450418260
According to this document more than a half of personnel couldn't be transported by trucks (about 1900 out of 3200 men). Those were the bulk of three motor rifle battalions, ATR, engineer, and SMG companies, a half of HQ company and a part of the motor transport company. Also a large part of supplies couldn't be lifted and had to be transported by rail. Worth to note that the brigade had a small number of horses again.

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 08 Apr 2019 21:58

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This is really interesting as you know that 27 MR Bde was part of 11 Gd Tank Corps a part of 1 Gd Tank Army. So a companion of 8 GMK.
Documents such as https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=136498422 show each Brigade having transport in the low hundreds 103-105 trucks.

First column of this table says "Лшде" is this an abbreviation for Personnel "личного" or Horse "лошадь" or something else?

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 10 Apr 2019 15:37

"Людей" - men/personnel

Ok, returning to organization motor rifle battalion was already discussed in much detail earlier. Still, I'm posting the summary here.

Motor rifle battalion, Shtat 010/421 from February 1943
A. Battalion HQ
1) Command
- Battalion commander (off), pistol
- Deputy commander (off), pistol
- Political deputy (off), pistol
- Assistant commander, technical (off), pistol
- Assistant commander, supply&administration (off), pistol

2) Staff
- senior adjutant (off), pistol
- adjutant (off), pistol
- chief of communications (off), pistol
- chief of engineer service (off), pistol
- chief of chemical service (off), pistol
- senior clerk (NCO)
- motorcycle messenger (pvt), carbine
- motorcycle w/ sidecar

3) Party&political section
- Party secretary (off), pistol
- Komsomol secretary (off), pistol

4) Technical and munitions section
(chief of section – battalion assistant commander)
- chief of munitions supply (off), pistol
- senior clerk (NCO)

5) Supply section
(chief of section – battalion assistant commander)
- deputy chief of section (off), pistol
- chief of finances (off), pistol
- sergeant-major, clerk (NCO)

B. Communications platoon
(platoon commander – battalion chief of communications)
- assistant platoon commander (NCO), carbine
1) Radio section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- senior radio operator (NCO), carbine
- 5 radio operators (NCO), carbine
- driver (pvt), carbine
- 1 RBM and 4 RBS radios
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for radios and personnel

2) 2 telephone sections
- 2 section leaders (NCO), carbine
- 10 telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), carbine
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for equipment and personnel
- 1 switchboard, 10 field telephones

C. 3 rifle companies, each:
- company commander (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol

1) HQ detachment
- company sergeant-major (NCO), carbine
- storekeeper clerk (NCO), carbine
- signaler (pvt), carbine
- observer (pvt), carbine
- medical instructor (NCO), carbine
- 3 medics (pvt), carbine


2) 3 rifle platoons, each
- platoon commander (off), SMG
- observer (pvt), SMG
- 4 section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 4 deputy section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 4 machine-gunners (NCO)
- 4 machine gun numbers (pvt), rifle
- 4 riflemen (pvt), 1 rifle, 3 SMGs
- 4 light machine guns (DP)

3) Machine gun platoon
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 2 section leaders (NCO), rifle
- 2 deputy section leaders, machine-gunners (NCO)
- 7 machine gun number (pvt), rifle
- 2 medium machine guns (Maxim)

D. Machine gun company
- company commander (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol
- company sergeant-major (NCO), carbine

1) 3 machine gun platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 3 section leaders (NCO), rifle
- 2 deputy section leaders, machine-gunners (pvt)
- 10 machine gun numbers (pvt), rifle
- driver (pvt), carbine
- 3 medium machine guns (Maxim)
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for machine guns and personnel

E. Anti-tank rifle company
- company commander (off), SMG
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol
- company sergeant-major (NCO), carbine

1) 2 anti-tank rifle platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 3 section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 3 deputy section leaders, gunners (NCO)
- 6 gunners (pvt)
- 9 ATR numbers (pvt), SMG
- 9 anti-tank rifles

F. Sum-machine gun platoon
- platoon commander (off), SMG
- assistant platoon commander (NCO), SMG
- signaler (pvt), SMG
- 3 section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 3 deputy section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 21 sub-machine gunners (pvt), SMG

G. Anti-tank battery
- battery commander (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off)

1) 2 anti-tank gun platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 2 section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 2 deputy section leaders, gun layers (NCO)
- 8 gun numbers (pvt), SMG
- 2 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 2 45-mm AT guns
- 2 ZIS trucks (3t)

H. Mortar battery
- battery commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol

1) HQ detachment
- battery sergeant-major (NCO), carbine
- 2 telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), carbine
- driver (pvt), carbine
- 2 field telephones
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for equipment and personnel

2) 2 mortar platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 3 section leaders (NCO), carbine
- 3 deputy section leaders, mortar layers (NCO)
- 9 mortar numbers (pvt), carbine
- 2 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 3 82-mm mortars
- 2 GAZ trucks (1.5t) for mortars and personnel

I. Service platoon
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- sergeant-major, chief of dump (NCO)

1) Motor repair section
- foreman (NCO)
- electrician (NCO)
- 2 mechanics (pvt)
- senior driver (pvt)
- driver (pvt), carbine
- “A” type motor workshop (GAZ truck)
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for spare parts

2) Ordnance and ammunition section
- artillery technician (off)
- artillery master (NCO)
- small-arms master (NCO)
- chemical master (NCO)
- radio technician (NCO)
- 3 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 1 GAZ truck (1.5t) for workshop and personnel
- 2 ZIS trucks (3t) for ammunition

3) Supply&administrative section
- section leader (NCO)
- stroremen (pvt)
- senior cook (NCO)
- 2 cooks (pvt)
- cobbler (pvt)
- 7 drivers (pvt), carbine
- car for battalion command
- 3 ZIS trucks for kitchens and rations
- 3 GAZ trucks (1.5t) for fuel, medical materials, rations, personnel
- 3 kitchen trailers


J. Medical aid point
- battalion doctor (off), pistol
- medical assistant (off)
- medical instructor (NCO)
- 2 medics (pvt)
- driver (pvt), carbine
- ambulance (GAZ truck)
Parts I'm not sure about are in italics. Although, this organization is partly hypothesized it's in perfect agreement with the Red Army Handbook

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Changes until the second half of 1943:
- deputy commander and political deputy removed from every rifle company (total 6 officers)
- deputy commander and political deputy removed from the machine gun company (2 officers)
- deputy commander and political deputy removed from the ATR company (2 officers)
- deputy commander and political deputy removed from the AT gun battery (2 officers)
- political deputy removed from the mortar battery (1 officer)

Which brings the total strength to 649 men (48 officers). Apparently there was also an increase in allocation of small arms, SMGs in particular, but it is difficult to trace.
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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 10 Apr 2019 15:42

Yes that is exactly where we have got to with the two battalion organisations.

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 12 Apr 2019 16:14

Organization of the mortar battalion is pretty straightforward. Compared with earlier mortar battalion (010/372) there is an additional platoon of 120-mm mortars, plus some cuts were made in the transport platoon:

Mortar battalion of the motorized rifle (mechanized) brigade, Shtat 010/422 from February 1943
A. Command
- Battalion commander (off), pistol
- Deputy commander (off), pistol
- Political deputy (off), pistol

B. Staff
- senior adjutant (off), pistol
- adjutant (off), pistol
- senior clerk (NCO)

C. Supply section
- assistant battalion commander, supply&administration (off), pistol
- chief of munitions and technical supply (off), pistol
- chief of intendancy supply (off), pistol
- deputy chief of section, finance (off)

D. Communications platoon
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- section leader (NCO), rifle
- senior radio operator (NCO), rifle
- 2 radio operators (NCO), rifle
- 4 senior telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), rifle
- 4 telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), rifle
- driver (pvt), rifle
- RBM radio (or RB with extended antenna)
- GAZ truck (1.5t)

E. 2 82-m mortar company, each:
- company commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- company sergeant major (NCO), rifle
- senior telephone operator/wireman (pvt), rifle
- 3 telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), rifle

1) two mortar platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 3 section leaders (NCO), rifle
- 3 deputy section leaders, mortar layers (NCO), rifle
- 12 mortar numbers (pvt), rifle
- 3 82-mm mortars

F. 120-mm mortar company
- company commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol

1) HQ section
- company sergeant majot (NCO), rifle
- senior scout-observer (pvt), SMG
- scout-observer (pvt), SMG
- 2 senior telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), rifle
- 2 telephone operators/wiremen (pvt), rifle

2) 3 firing platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 2 section leaders (NCO), rifle
- 2 deputy section leaders, mortar layers (NCO), rifle
- 10 mortar numbers (pvt), rifle
- 2 120-mm mortars

G. Medical aid point
- senior medical assistant (off)
- 2 medics (pvt)

H. Ordnance workshop
- chief of workshop, artillery technician (off)
- mortar master (NCO)
- 2 laboratory men (pvt), rifle
- mechanic (pvt)

I. Transport platoon
- platoon commander (off)
- 2 section leaders (NCO), rifle
- senior cook (NCO)
- cook (pvt)
- 19 drivers (pvt), rifle
- 5 ZIS trucks (3t) – 4 for 120-mm mortars, 1 for kitchen and rations
- 14 GAZ trucks (1.5t) – 8 for 82-mm mortars, 6 for fuel, ammunition, personnel and equipment
- 1 kitchen trailer
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As said on a previous page communication equipment included 1 RBM radio, 1 switchboard, 18 field telephones and 24 km of telephone cable.
Changes up to the second half of 1943: deputy commander and political officer removed from every company, bringing the total strength to 197 men (23 officers) - in perfect agreement with the Red Army Handbook. RAH gives other figures for NCOs and privates (47 and 127), but I don't see how they can realistically fit into the known organization.
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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 15 Apr 2019 22:01

Order of battle of the artillery battalion gave me some headache. I've tried, but I can't figure out distribution of rifles and sub-machine guns so that it would be realistic and equal between batteries. It's clear that SMG were given to some of the gun crews and artillery scouts and rifles - to artillery scouts. But still I don't understand how many exactly. In other respects this organization is pretty obviously derived from en earlier Shtat 010/373

Artillery battalion of the motorized rifle (mechanized) brigade, Shtat 010/423 from February 1943
A. Headquarter
1) Command
- Battalion commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- battalion sergeant-major (NCO), carbine

2) Staff
- senior adjutant (off), pistol
- adjutant (off), pistol
- chief of communications (off), pistol
- chemical instructor (NCO), carbine
- senior clerk (NCO)

3) Party&political section
- Party secretary (off), pistol

4) Technical and munitions section
- chief of technical section (off), pistol
- chief of munitions supply (off), pistol
- senior clerk (NCO)

B. HQ platoon
- platoon commander (off)
1) Reconnaissance section
- section leader (NCO)
- 2 senior scouts (pvt)
- 4 scouts (pvt)
2) Communications section
- section leader (NCO)
- 2 senior telephone operators/wiremen (pvt)
- 6 telephone operator (pvt)
- driver (pvt)
- GAZ truck (1.5t)
3) Radio section
- section leader (NCO)
- senior radio operator (NCO)
- 2 radio operators (NCO)
- driver (pvt)
- 1 RB radio, 1 RBM (or RB with extended antenna)
- GAZ truck (1.5t)

C. Three batteries, each:
- battery commander (off), pistol
- political deputy (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- battery sergeant-major (NCO), carbine
- medical instructor (NCO), carbine

1) HQ platoon
- platoon commander (off)
- assistant platoon commander (NCO)
a) Reconnaissance section
(section leader – assistant platoon commander (NCO)
- senior scout (pvt)
- 2 scouts (pvt)
b) Communication section
- section leader (NCO)
- senior telephone operator/wireman (pvt)
- 2 telephone operators/wiremen (pvt)
- driver (pvt)
- GAZ truck (1.5t)
c) Radio section
- section leader (NCO)
- senior radio operator (NCO)
- 2 radio operators (pvt)
- 2 RB radios

2) two firing platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off)
- 2 section leaders (NCO)
- 2 deputy section leaders – gunners (NCO)
- 10 gun numbers (pvt)
- 1 senior driver (NCO)
- 1 driver )pvt)
- 2 76-mm USV guns
- 2 ZIS trucks (3t)

D. Park platoon (off)
1) Maintenance section
- section leader, foreman (NCO)
- senior gun master (NCO)
- gun master (NCO)
- small-arms master (NCO)
- mechanic (NCO)
- mechanic (pvt)
- driver, electrician (NCO)
- 4 carbines
- type “A” mobile workshop (GAZ-AAA truck)

2) Transport section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- chief of munitions dump (NCO), carbine
- chief of fuel dump (NCO), carbine
- 7 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 4 ZIS trucks (3t) – 1 for kitchen, and three – for ammunition
- 2 GAZ trucks (1.5t) for fuel, spare parts and personnel
- 1 car
- 1 kitchen trailer

E. Administrative section
- section leader, senior storekeeper (NCO), carbine
- senior cook (NCO)
- cook (pvt)
- cobbler (pvt), carbine

F. Medical aid station
- senior medical assistant (off)
- medic (pvt)
- driver (pvt), carbine
- ambulance truck (GAZ)
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Equipment not listed in the table included 8 radios, 1 switchboard, 23 field telephones, 30 km of telephone cable, 4 stereoscopic telescopes, 7 aiming circles, 24 binoculars, 4 periscopes.
See also: reports on authorized numbers of personnel and equipment in the artillery battalion/52 Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade, August-September 1943:
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=130222655
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=130222657
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=130222654
Just like the mortar battalion in 1943 the artillery battalion lost deputy commanders and political officers in every battery bringing the total strength to 214 men.
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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 16 Apr 2019 10:03

Anti-tank rifle company, Shtat 010/424 from February 1943
- Company commander (off), pistol
- Political deputy (off), pistol
- Deputy commander (off), pistol
- Company sergeant-major (NCO), SMG
- Medical instructor (NCO)

A) Three ATR platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), pistol
1) three ATR sections, each
- section leader (NCO), SMG
- senior gunner (NCO)
- 2 gunners (pvt)
- 3 ATR numbers (pvt), SMG
Total company: 6 officers, 20 NCOs, 45 privates, 37 SMGs, 27 ATRs

SMG company, Shtat 010/425 from Ferbuary 1943
- company commander (off), SMG
- political deputy (off), SMG
- deputy commander (off), SMG
- company sergeant-major (NCO), SMG
- medical instructor (NCO), carbine
- messenger (pvt), SMG
- motorcycle messenger (pvt), SMG
- motorcycle w/ sidecar

A. Three SMG platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), SMG
1) three SMG sections, each:
- section leader (NCO), SMG
- deputy section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 7 gunners (pvt), SMG

B. Administrative section
(- section leader – company sergeant-major)
- senior storekeeper (NCO), carbine
- senior cook (NCO), carbine
- cook (pvt), carbine
- medic (pvt)
- driver (pvt), carbine
- ZIS truck (3t) for kitchen and rations
- kitchen trailer
Total company: 6 officers, 22 NCOs, 68 privates, 90 SMGs, 5 carbines, 1 truck, 1 motorcycle, 1 kitchen trailer

Just like in other units positions of political officers and company deputy commanders were deleted until the second half of 1943, which reduced the strength of each company by 2.

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Post by Art » 16 Apr 2019 20:44

Reconnaissance company of the motorized rifle (mechanized) brigade, Shtat 010/426 from February 1943
A. Command
- Company commander (off), pistol
- Political deputy (off), pistol
- Deputy commander (off), pistol
- Assistant commander, technical (off), pistol
- Medical assistant (off)
- Company sergeant-major (NCO), carbine
- Chemical instructor (NCO), carbine
- Senior clerk (NCO)

B. HQ section
- Section leader, chief of radio station (NCO), carbine
- 2 radio operators (NCO), carbine
- 2 armored cars drivers (NCO)
- driver (pvt), carbine
- 3 motorcyclists (pvt), SMG
- 3 motorcycles w/ sidecar
- 2 light armored cars (BA-20)
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for radio
- RBM or RB w/ extended antenna radio station

C. Light armored car platoon
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- 4 armored car commanders (NCO)
- machine gunners (NCO), SMG
- 5 armored car drivers (NCO)
- 3 light armored cars (BA-20), 2 light armored cars (BA-20) with radios

D. SMG platoon
- platoon commander (off), SMG
- assistant platoon commander (NCO), SMG
1) 3 sections, each:
- section leader (NCO), SMG
- assistant section leader (NCO), SMG
- 11 SM gunners (pvt), SMG

E. 2 armored carriers platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), SMG
- 4 armored carrier commanders (NCO), SMG
- 5 armored carrier drivers (NCO)
- 5 machine gunners (NCO)
- 5 assistant machine gunners (pvt), SMG
- 5 anti-tank rifle gunners (NCO)
- 5 assistant anti-tank rifle gunners (pvt), SMG
- 5 armored carriers (Universal) with AT rifle and Bren machine gun

F. Service section
(- section leader, company sergeant-major)
- foreman (NCO), carbine
- electrician (NCO), carbine
- 2 mechanics (pvt), carbine
- senior driver (NCO), carbine
- senior storekeeper (NCO), carbine
- senior cook (NCO)
- cook (pvt)
- 2 drivers (pvt), carbine
- type “A” mobile workshop (GAZ truck)
- ZIS truck (3t) for kitchen and rations
- GAZ truck (1.5t) for fuel and ammunition
- kitchen trailer
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Just like elsewhere 2 officer positions (deputy company commander and political officer) were deleted in 1943 bringing the total strength to 141 men. BA-20 armored cars were normally replaced with BA-64 (2-men crew) releasing 5 men in the armored car platoon. Also Universal carriers were habitually replaced with US M3A1 scout cars.
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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 22 Apr 2019 05:22

Расчет рабсилы и материалов и инструмента для окапывания матчасти, техники и личного состава 19 мбр
Calculation of labor and materials and tools for digging materiel, equipment and personnel 19 mbr
Фонд: 3334, Опись: 0000001, Дело: 0004, Лист начала документа в деле: 116
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=452090331

Seemingly written on the back of a newspaper describes entrenching means for 19 Mech Brigade (8 Gd Mech Corps - 1 Gd Tank Army) along the Vistula in December 1944.


Донесение о боевом составе 9 гв. омцб
The report on the combat strength of 9 Guards. Motorcycle Battalion
Архив: ЦАМО, Фонд: 3413, Опись: 0000001, Дело: 0100, Лист начала документа в деле: 132
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=454713346

Personnel and equipment for the battalion and the numbers on the State (Shtat)

Донесение о списочной численности личного состава и фактическое наличие материальной части и автотяги в артиллерийских частях 11 гв. тк
The report on the payroll of personnel and the actual availability of the material and vehicles in artillery units of the 11th Guards. Tank Corps (1 Gd Tank Army)
The report on the payroll of personnel and the actual availability of the material part and avtotyagi in artillery units of the 11th Guards. mk
https://pamyat-naroda.ru/documents/view/?id=454713369

Actually lists eight M-13 Half track on role of equipment

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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 22 Apr 2019 19:32

With brigade's service elements we experience some lack of hard information, so what posted below are partly my conjectures which might be not true

Technical (service) company of the motorized rifle (mechanized) brigade, Shtat 010/428
A. Company command
- Company commander (off), pistol
- Political deputy (off), pistol
- Medical assistant (off)
- Company sergeant-major (NCO), carbine
- motorcyclist (pvt), SMG
- motorcycle w/sidecar

B. Automotive repair platoon
- platoon commander, automobile repair technician (off)
- 2 repair foremen, squad leaders (NCO)
- 2 electric mechanics (NCO)
- 5 mechanics (pvt)
- 1 welder (pvt)
- 1 lathe operator (pvt)
- 2 tire mechanics (pvt)
- 2 drivers, also mechanics (NCO)
- type “B” mobile workshop (ZIS-6 truck)
- type “A” mobile workshop (GAZ-AA)

C. Electrical technical platoon
- platoon commander, electrical technician (off)
- chief of recharging station (NCO)
- electrical mechanic (NCO)
- electrician (pvt)
- radio master (NCO)
- telephone master (NCO)
- accumulator mechanic (pvt)
- 2 drivers, also electricians (NCO)
- mobile recharging station (GAZ truck)
- GAZ trucks (1.5t) for electric workshop

D. Weapons repair platoon
- platoon commander, artillery technician (off)
- senior gun master (NCO)
- gun master (NCO)
- small arms master (NCO)
- optical master (NCO)
- senior mechanic (NCO)
- mechanic (pvt)
- driver, also mechanic (NCO)
- ZIS truck (3t) for workshop

E. Motor transport platoon
- platoon commander (off), pistol
- assistant platoon commander (NCO), carbine
1) Ammunition transportation section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- ammunition storekeeper (NCO)
- 12 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 3 ZIS trucks (3t), 10 GAZ trucks (1.5t)
2) POL transportation section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- POL storekeeper (NCO)
- 5 drivers (pvt)
- 4 fuel tanker trucks (ZIS-5), 2 GAZ trucks (1.5t)
3) Rations transportation section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- 5 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 6 GAZ trucks (1.5t)

F. Administrative section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- storekeeper (NCO)
- senior cook (NCO)
- cook (pvt)
- cobbler (pvt)
- driver (pvt), carbine
- ZIS truck (3t) for kitchen and rations
- kitchen trailer
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After the political officer removed in 1943 the total strength became equal to 72 men.
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Re: Mechanised Brigade shtat 10/420-432 1943

Post by Art » 22 Apr 2019 19:34

Engineer-mine company, Shtat 010/429 from February 1943
- company commander (off), SMG
- political deputy (off), pistol
- deputy commander (off), pistol
- medical assistant (off)

A. Three engineer-mine platoons, each:
- platoon commander (off), SMG
- three section leaders (NCO), SMG
- assistant section leader (NCO), SMG
- 21 sappers (pvt), 8 SMG, 13 rifles

B. Sapper platoon:
- platoon commander (off), SMG
- 2 section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 2 assistant section leaders (NCO), SMG
- 18 sappers (pvt), 8 SMG, 10 rifles

C. Engineer workshop and dump
- chief of workshop (off)
- 3 NCOs, 3 privates (masters, repairmen, storekeepers)
- total 3 carbines

D. Transport platoon
- platoon commander (off), pistol
1) Transportation section
- section leader (NCO), carbine
- 3 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 4 ZIS trucks (3t)
2) Administrative section
- section leader, company sergeant-major (NCO), rifle
- storekeeper (NCO), carbine
- senior cook (NCO)
- cook (pvt)
- 2 drivers (pvt), carbine
- 2 GAZ trucks (1.5t)
- kitchen boiler
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Political officer and deputy company commander were later removed, bringing the number of men to 121.
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