On the issue of American tank shipments in 1943, I report that:
- We received two types of tanks from America in 1942, M3 light and M3 medium.
Additionally, caravan #19 brought 26 M4-A2 tanks into the USSR (medium type).
- In battle, the M3 light and M3 medium tanks demonstrate many defects, drastically reducing their combat effectiveness.
- The main defects are as follows:
- The tanks ignite easily when shot.
- The tanks are large, and have many vertical armour plates, which results in the tanks being vulnerable to even low caliber anti-tank guns.
- Low reliability of American engines of the aircraft type installed in these tanks.
- It is not possible to use the 75 mm howitzer on the M3 medium tank when the tank is dug in, as the cannon ends up at ground level. The front two machine guns are unusable for the same reason.
- Half-track M2 APCs (with armament).
- Half-armoured M3-A1 recon cars.
- Mobile tank workshops.
- Special high capacity cargo trucks.