Engineer-Major comrade Pestov
June 7th, 1943
On the topic of repair stock at factory #37
Report on the general condition of the repair stock at factory #37. In total, from February 1943 to June 5th 1943, 127 captured PzIII tanks and StuG SPGs on the PzIII chassis were delivered to the factory. Of the 127, 27 were delivered by factory #40, 27 from repair base #85, 15 from repair factory #8, 7 from the Kalinin Front, 35 from the South-Western Front, the remaining 15 from the SPG training center. Of those:
- 24 must be written off.
- 41 were repaired and converted to SU-76I.
- 30 are in the process of being converted.
In the first months of production, when the vehicles came primarily from factory #40, repair base #82, and repair factory #8, there was no need to "undress" existing stock for assembly, and the stock was preserved. Currently, most stock comes from the South-West Front in poor condition, completeness, and suitability for repair. "Undressing" factory vehicles means delaying production. I think that the factory cannot meet the quotas assigned to it by the government with its current stock and its condition, unless it is urgently refilled. Additionally, the factory is soon going to have to provide regimental parts kits and repair kits, which will require an increased amount of stock.