NQM Soviet Mech Corps

Soviet Mechanised Corps 

Corps HQ:

Comd in Gaz Jeep with 0-1 NKVD (C1-2)

Signals staff car (C3)

Soviet Infantry Division HQ

Corps Recce Bn:

Comd M/C (R3)

0-1  A/C (R3) – (A/Cs were rarely present)

Tank Brigade:

Comd T-34 (C3)

2-4 T-34 (F3)

1-2 T-26 or T-34 (F3) a maximum of 6 models in total but often 2 Lt. 3 Med,

0-6 SMG tank rider bases making up 0-2 Stands (@F3)

SovTkBdeApr42

Motor Rifle Bde x 2-3:

Bde comd + [82mm mortar or medium machine gun (MMG)] + anti-tank rifle (ATR) (CS3),

3 rifle bases (F3) *

SovMotRflBnThe picture above shows a normal strength 5 base battalion. The Comd has transferred to the fighting stand designating it as C3 or CF3

Artillery Regiment:

RHQ comd (C3)

FOO (O1)

76mm divisional gun (S3)

+ limber (L3)

Divisional Artillery Regiment equipped with 76mm Divisional guns. Peter Pig and converted Airfix Universal Carrier

Divisional Artillery Regiment equipped with 76mm Divisional guns. Peter Pig and converted Airfix Universal Carrier

Self-propelled Artillery Regiment:

0-1 SU-76 or SU-85 or SU152 (S3) [From army]

 SU-122_152

Mortar Regiment:

RHQ comd(C1)

FOO(O1)

120mm mortar (S3)

+ limber (L3)

Divisional Artillery Regiment equipped with 120mm Mortars.

Divisional Artillery Regiment equipped with 120mm Mortars.

 Anti-tank Regiment:

45mm Gun (S3)

Limber (L3)

0-1 ATR (S1)

Divisional Recce Company and Divisional Anti-tank Battalion

Divisional Recce Company and Divisional Anti-tank Battalion

Pioneer Battalion:

2 Pioneer bases (@E1-2),

1-2 Trucks (L3)

0-1 Bridging Trailer (L3)

Pioneer Battalion. Peter Pig figures from his WW1 range with a scratch built truck and 1/72 Airfix trailer

Pioneer Battalion. Peter Pig figures from his WW1 range with a scratch built truck and 1/72 Airfix trailer

 

The Soviets varied their mechanised corps to cope with the gap between what they wanted and what they had. The list above was amended in December 2011 to reflect a composite orbat dated mid to late 1942. See Zaloga and Ness (1998) Red Army Handbook 1936-1945 for the detail of the ins and outs, a summary of which is reproduced here for the 1943 onwards period:

1943 onwards, 1944 onwards, 1945 onwards.

Mechanised Corps HQ.

Command car (C3), Signal Van (C3), T-34 (C3).

Soviet Rifle Division Headquarters

Tank Brigade.

T-70 (C2), 5 T-34 (F3), 0 T-70, 6 T-34 (F3).

Motor Rifle Brigade x 3 ( infantry component is unchanged as above)*.

Soviet Motor Rifle Battalion

3 82mm mortar (S3)

2 120mm mortar (S3)

45mm Atk gun (S3)

This is a total for all 3 brigades and the infantry component is not shown. Probably no more than one of the brigades would be motorised, the other two marching or travelling on the back of tanks.

Artillery Regiment.

76mm gun (S3), Su-76/85 (S2), SU-152 (S2)

37mm AA (S3) then shown at army level after 1943,

Katyusha, SU-152, are shown at army, or artillery division level.

*2 Trucks to transport one motor rifle brigade

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