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« on: 6 November 2008, 04:42:45 »
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1941 Soviet Infantry Division (TO&E for April 1941)

Division HQ
Signal Battalion
Reconnaissance Batallion
Motorized Rifle Company (9 LMG, 3 x 50mm Mortar, 9 Trucks)
Armored Car Company (15 AC's)
Light Tank Company (17 T-40)

Three Infantry Regiments, each
Regimental HQ
Reconnaissance Company
Mounted Reconnaissance Platoon (4 LMG, mounted on horses)
Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon (4 LMG)
Signal Company
AA Machine Gun Company (6 AA MG's)
Light AA MG Platoon (6 Quad AA MG's)
Heavy AA MG Platoon (3 HMG)
Pioneer Company
Two Pioneer Platoons
Three Infantry Battalions, each
Battalion HQ
Signal Platoon
Three Rifle Companies, each (12 LMG, 3 x 50mm mortar)
Machine Gun Platoon (2 MMG)
Machine Gun Company (12 MMG)
Mortar Company (6 x 82mm mortar)
Anti-Tank Platoon (2 x 45mm ATG)
Regimental Gun Battery (4 x 76mm Infantry Guns)
Anti-Tank Battery (6 x 45mm ATG's)
Heavy Mortar Battery (4 x 120mm Mortars)

Field Artillery Regiment
Two Field Artillery Battalions, each (12 x 76mm How)

Artillery Regiment
Two Light Howitzer Battalions, each (16 x 122mm How)
One Medium Howitzer Battalion (12 x 152mm How)

Anti-Aircraft Battalion
Two Light Batteries, each (4 x 37mm AA)
Heavy Battery (4 x 76mm AA)
Pioneer Battalion (4 x MMG)


sources: "Red Army Handbook 1939-1945" by Steven J. Zaloga and Leland S. Ness
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« Reply #1 on: 21 February 2009, 22:35:30 »
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Before the German invasion,  would infantry divisions be at near full on-paper strength? I seem to remember reading somewhere that they operated at about 2/3's strength. Is this correct?
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« Reply #2 on: 22 February 2009, 01:53:03 »
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Before the German invasion,  would infantry divisions be at near full on-paper strength? I seem to remember reading somewhere that they operated at about 2/3's strength. Is this correct?


For some parts of them yes.

Not all units in the Red Army were created equal in 1941. Those in the SW Military District around Kiev were in the best shape. This was the formation that Stalin was going to use to launch a preemptive strike against Germany, Hungary and Romania if he thought he needed to.

The rest were in worse shape.

Most of the infantry divisions in 1941 were very poorly equipped with artillery and had almost no motorized transport. Almost all of the motorized transport went to forming the new Mechanized Corps. This was being done in an extreme hurry since the Soviets were at least aware that there was a threat to them from the Axis.

Hope that helps.

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