Thursday, 11 September 2014

Preparation of the Aberdeen T-34

"To the GABTU district engineer at factory #183, Engineer-Lieutenant Colonel comrade Kozyrev

Prepare three T-34 tanks for shipment immediately. One of these tanks will be sent to America in early July of this year. You will receive further instructions on where to send the two other tanks. Tanks should be from the latest batch, with all newest changes and R-9 radios. Each tank should be completely equipped with required spare parts and tools. The list of required spare components, parts, and materials is attached.

Carefully prepare each tank for shipment, protecting it from corrosion when being transported by sea. In order to achieve this, do the following:
  1. Carefully prepare the tank for painting. Paint the inside and outside, no less than 3 layers.
  2. Drain the oil from the engine, clean the tanks, and fill them with fresh oil.
  3. Change the oil in the gearbox and final drives.
  4. Completely fill all fuel tanks.
  5. Clean the tank on the inside and outside.
  6. Fill up the air starter tanks.
  7. Take off the current batteries and install batteries without electrolyte.
  8. Take off all tools carried on the outside of the tank and place them inside the fighting compartment.
  9. Take off all machineguns, oil them, and put them inside the tank.
  10. All components of the suspension that water can seep through should be covered in a thick layer of grease. Cover all bottom hatches in grease.
  11. Hang several calcium chloride pouches inside the tank.
  12. Cover the following in cloth or lacquered tracing paper:
    1. Driver's hatch
    2. Air exhaust and intake openings
    3. Observation devices and periscope cap slits
    4. Turret ring
    5. Machinegun ball
    6. Gun and gun mantlet
    7. Exit hatch, transmission hatch, engine hatch
  13. Each tank should include:
    1. Tank manual
    2. Engine manual
    3. Tank use and maintenance instructions
    4. Gun, machinegun, and radio manuals
    5. Blueprints (external and assembly only)
    6. Spare parts, as listed.
Attachment: list of spare parts on 4 pages

Deputy Chief of GABTU, Major-General of Technical Forces, Lebedev
GABTU Military Commissar, Regimental Commissar, Vorobyev"

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