April 15th, 1943
On measures for reinforcement of anti-tank defenses.
In order to strengthen our anti-tank defenses, the State Committee of Defense decrees that:
- The People's Commissar of Armament, comrade Ustinov, must replace the production of 45 mm mod. 1937 guns at factory #172 with 45 mm M-42 guns, following this schedule:
- April: 250 units
- May: 300
- June: 400
- July: 600
- August: 800
- September: all production
- The People's Commissar of Armament, comrade Ustinov, and factory #92 director, comrade Elyan, must organize production of 57 mm ZiS-2 anti-tank guns and ZiS-4 tank guns to replace 76 mm mod. 1942 divisional guns and F-34 tank guns, following this schedule:
- April: 50 units
- May: 150
- June: 250
- July: 350
and 500 units monthly starting in August. Of the units listed, 20% are ZiS-4 tank guns.
TsAKB must complete blueprints by June 1st, 1943, and provide them to GAU for approval.
Send four AT guns and four tank guns from the April production batch to GAU (comrade Yakovlev) for trials, issuing a report to GOKO within ten days.
- The People's Commissar of Armament (comrade Ustinov) and TsAKB chief (comrade Grabin) must provide GAU with ideas regarding a powerful new corps gun with the qualities of an anti-tank gun based on the 107 mm M-60 gun and 100 mm B-34 naval gun. Also provide ideas for a new special tank, AT, and SPG gun that can penetrate 150 mm of armour at 30 degrees at a distance of 750-1000 meters.
GAU must examine materials provided by NKV in three days and make a decision regarding experimental prototypes, reporting to GOKO along with NKV.
- People's Commissar of Ammunition, comrade Vannikov, must introduce 57 and 76 mm subcaliber rounds into production, with the following production schedule:
By May 1st, design a 122 mm HEAT shell and a simplified 152 mm AP shell. Within 10 days of the designs being ready, GAU must perform trials and create blueprints for mass production.
5. The People's Commissariat of Chemical Production (comrade Pervukhin) must provide the People's Commissariat of Coloured Metals, above current quota and with first priority, the following materials for production of subcaliber armour piercing shell cores, in tons:
and shipment of plastic ballistic caps to the People's Commissariat of Ammunition, according to the following schedule:
6. The People's Commissariat of Coloured Metals (comrade Lomako) must provide the People's Commissariat of Ammunition with cores made from hard alloys in the following amounts:
|For ZiS-2 shells||5000||13000||13000||20000|
|For ZiS-3 shells||17000||35000||40000||45000|
Chairman of the State Committee of Defense, I. Stalin."