Simplifying the Red god of War

Reading through some of the bewildering changes in the Soviet orders of battle in Zaloga and Ness (1998) leads me to the conclusion that simplification is needed when reducing everything to a 1:30 NQM scale. After all, LittleHitler and SmallStalin only have 15mm forces with which to wage their wars.

Part of me wants to faithfully reflect the historical campaign, but another part recognises that there are limits to what can be achieved. I think I really lost the plot when looking at RVKG (Stavka artillery reserve) artillery orders of battle, but the resultant simplifications have been added to the NQM Soviet Artillery page:

RVKG 1941 Anti tank Brigade. 2 Anti-tank rifle (S3), 2 76mm divisional gun (S3) + limber (L3), 2 85mm AA/anti-tank gun (S3) + limber (L3). These were all disbanded in 1941 in favour of artillery regiments, which were all lost outside the gates of MOSCOW in winter 1941.

RVKG 1941 Anti tank Regiment. 76mm divisional gun (S3) + limber (L3) or 85mm AA/anti-tank gun (S3) + limber (L3).

RVKG (Apr ’42) Anti tank Brigade. 2 Anti-tank rifle (S3), 76mm/57mm/45mm gun (S3) + limber (L3). This orbat remained until late 1943 with thirty 76mm brigades and one 85mm brigade being formed.

76mm Anti-tank Brigade with Peter Pig figures and scratchbuilt limber

57mm Anti-tank Brigade with Peter Pig figures, FoW  komsolets limber and stand-in for a 57mm gun

45mm Anti-tank Brigade with Peter Pig figures and FoW  komsolets limber

Anti-aircraft regiments went through several iterations as Stavka juggled with effectiveness against high and low flying aircraft. They formed orbats for airfield defence regiments without transport, and mobile regiments. For simplicity I only have one AA orbat :

PVO Anti-aircraft Division. 37mm Anti-aircraft gun (S3) [2 by 1943], 12.7mm DShK MG (S3), 85/76mm AA gun (S2), quad 48 MG (S3) [1942 only]. 1-0 of any of these weapons can be present in a division, each with a limber (L3) if mobile, or without if an airfield defence division. You can see a fairly thin airfield defence Division below.

Independent mortar regiments appeared from army, corps and RVKG in calibres of 120mm, 160mm heavy and 107mm mountain : all as 1 tube (S3) + limber (L3), or as …

Independent mortar Brigade. 4 tubes (S3) + limber (S3)

You can see three-and-a-half mortar brigades in this artillery box, together with General Chestikov and sundry other units that have been scraped together for a last ditch defence on an artillery gun line.


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