"To the People's Commissar of Defense of the USSR, comrade Stalin
By the initiative of the divisions and regional committees of the VKP(b) in Moscow, tankette units were formed in infantry divisions of the 32nd Army.
- 2nd Infantry Division has a tankette company of 13 T-27 tanks.
- 8th Infantry Division has a tankette company of 16 T-27 tanks and 2 T-37 tanks.
- 13th Infantry Division has a tanketter company of 57 T-27 tanks, 2 T-37 tanks, and one BA-6 armoured car.
I ask, as an exception, to officially assign one tankette battalion of 30 small tanks to each infantry division in the 32nd Army according to cadre 010/85.
Deputy Chief of GABTU, Major-General Lelyushenko
GABTU Military Commissar, Army Commissar Birykov
September 17th, 1941."
Cadre 010/85 describes an independent tank battalion consisting of three tank companies, one medium and two light, which these obsolete vehicles could not pass as, but at least they were better than nothing.
In GKO decree #686s, Stalin approved this formation.