"June 1941 [Date was recorded with a pencil and has since worn off]
On the production of tanks at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Factory in 1941, the Committee of Defense has decided:
- The People's Commissar of Medium Machinery (comrade Malyshev), and the Chelyabinsk Tractor Factory (comrade Shor) must, starting with January 1st, 1942, produce KV-1 tanks with 90 mm of armour, according to the requirements in attachment 1, indexed KV-6.
- NKTM (comrade Kazakov) and the Kirov factory (comrade Zaltsmann) must restore the tank with 90 mm of armour and a 76 mm model 1940 gun (created according to Order #1288-495), and, with three sets of blueprints, send it to ChTZ.
- ChTZ and NKSM must send a group of engineers and technologists to the Kirov factory to establish details of production and acceptance of the KV-6 blueprints.
- Allow ChTZ and People's Commissar of Medium Machinery to
- Begin producing KV-6 tanks in 1941, as a part of their annual quota.
- Independently develop KV-1 and KV-6 blueprints.
- Install cast or stamped turrets with the same turret ring as the KV-1 and KV-2.
- Conduct experimental developments of tank mechanisms.
- Allow NKSP (comrade Nosenko), HKB (comrade Goremykin) and factory #78 (comrade Yermolayev) to produce KV-6 hulls and turrets as a part of their 1941 tank production quota.
- In order to create a mobilization reserve for KV-6 tanks, NKTM (comrade Kazakov) and Kirov factory (comrade Zaltsmann) must ready blueprints, instruments, equipment, and instruments for producing the KV-6.
- The NKB (comrade Goremykin) must, working with NKEP, within a month, deliver a proposal for equipping factory #78 with equipment for hardening armour with high frequency electrical current."
90 mm of armour, with the implication that it wil be surface hardened. Nothing about a flamethrower. Now, 'let's look at CAMD 38-1135-67:
- Receive, by April 1st 1941, dimensional blueprints of a flamethrower installation on the KV-1 and KV-3 at the Izhor factory, and determine where they can be installed.
- When developing a flamethrower, factory #174 must keep the following in mind:
- The flamethrower must not impact the driver's visibility to the side.
- The flamethrower must be equivalently armoured to the front plate (75 mm on the KV-1, 90 mm on the KV-3).
- The driver will control the flamethrower. Due to this, the controls must be simple and easy.
- The magazine must be horizontal, and removable.
- The dimensions of the flamethrower, and its location, must match the attached sketch."
Sketch of a flamethrower on the KV-1. CAMD RF 38-11355-67
Blueprints of a flamethrower on the KV-3. CAMD RF 38-11355-344
Flamethrowers for the KV-1 and KV-3...but where is the KV-6? It's possible that it was renamed sometimes later, but CAMD RF 38-11355-36 dashes those hopes. The document, a list of shipments to the Leningrad front, from September of 1941, lists "KV-1 with a flamethrower mounted and the V-2K engine, #5156, #5157, #5158, plus one flamethrower mount for repairs." Again, not a KV-6, despite the KV-6 index having been established in June.