Where do all those Trucks fit into the Box?

One part of my last post raised Phil Steele’s normally inscrutable eyebrows a fraction :

Independent T-26 Brigade

145 T-26 (5), 56 Artillery/flame tanks (2), 28 Armoured cars (1), 480 trucks/cars (16)

A ratio of (8) armoured vehicles / (16) softskins may seem disproportionate although I didn’t think so. I checked the sums in Zaloga and could only find 311 on table 2.7 p.73. This is consistent, give or take a few trucks with later orbats (oops!) he’s apparently missing 6 trucks somewhere. The Soviets are free with Battalion/Regt/Brigade designations for essentially the same sized units. I don’t know if the normally reliable Zaloga has made an error, or whether I’ve just added up wrongly

Here is the breakdown:

Motorcycles Cars Trucks/tractors (NQM) Unit
9 7 15 (1) Bde HQ – 1car
27 1 (1) Recce Coy – 1 motorcycle
2 6 73 (3) Tank Regt – 3 trucks
3 2 57 (2) Infantry Bn – 3 trucks (incl 1 fm Tpt Coy)
1 29 (1) AA Bn – 1 truck mounting quad AA
2 25 (1) Maintenance Coy – 1 Workshop Truck
1 44 (1) Motor Tpt Coy (to inf Bn)
7 Medical Platoon (modelled at army level)
44 16 251 (10)
(1) (1) (8) (10)


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3 responses to “Where do all those Trucks fit into the Box?

  1. I think your two to one ratio is about right for the eastern front early on, would be about three to one after lend lease trucks became available (say mid-44).


  2. Hard to be definitive at the moment Don,

    Zaloga and Grandsen (1984) Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of World War Two gives 68 (2+) Armour and 143 (4+ or 5-) softskins in a November 1943 Tank Brigade, but the later (1998) Red Army Handbook gives the same orbat as 65 (2+) to 162 (5+). The plus or minus just denotes the NQM strength being an under or overestimate of the actual number.

    There would be more softskins in the corps army and front supply trains that would push the numbers up, but I don’t have orbats for them. It is still safe to say though that there is no such thing as “too many trucks”!

    Regards, Chris


  3. Well we are both old cold warriors, and I’m sure you recall one of the strength points western armies had over the Warsaw Pact was that support elements were more evenly spread throughout battalions and brigades as opposed to the Warsaw Pact practise of putting it all at corps and army (front) level.

    I think this way of doing things was born on the road to Berlin, the Soviets just created new transport corps as trucks became available, and as the Germans turned more and more to horse transport on the retreat, the Russians had lots of Studebaker and GMCs to mess up their day.


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