After blowing up some tanks, you typically end up in your garage with a nice pile of credits. Is this historically accurate, you might ask? Turns out, it is! “To tank crew #711, which destroyed one German tank on January 16th, 1944, near Greater Karlino: Tank commander: 500 rubles Mechanic-driver: 500 rubles Gunner: 500 rubles Radio operator: 200 rubles Loader: 200 rubles Total: 1900 rubles” Shafting the radio man in terms of rewards is a time honoured tradition, it seems. In the event of a missing radio operator, such as in an IS tank, his reward is not given to anyone. Let’s see the full text of the order: “1. For each tank destroyed or burned by an AT rifle squad: AT rifle gunner: 500 rubles AT rifle assistant: 250 rubles 2. For each destroyed or disabled enemy tank, to the commander, mechanic-driver, and gunner (turret commander), award 500 rubles each. To all other crew members, 200 rubles each. 3. For each tank destroyed by all types of artillery: to the commander and gunner award 500 rubles each, to the rest of the crew, 200 rubles each. 4. To each soldier or commander that personally destroys a tank one on one, award 1000 rubles. If a group of soldiers destroyed a tank, raise the award to 1500 rubles and divide it evenly among the tank hunter group. ” A subsequent order later introduces another award: “An award of 1500 rubles is paid out to a team of sappers that controlled a mine field, in the event that the team detonated the mine field to destroy enemy tanks, regardless of how many tanks were destroyed.” That order specifically stated that drivers of AT gun batteries get no award (unless performing the function of another crew member), but that drivers of SPGs and tank destroyers get the same award as a tank driver would. The order contains another useful tidbit: how to count a tank as “destroyed”: “A tank counts as destroyed, when, under the influence of artillery, tanks, AT rifles, or individual weapons: a) the tank is disabled or burned on territory occupied by allied forces. b) the tank remains on neutral territory, but is disabled, burned, immobilized, is incapable of firing, due to destroying the crew or forcing them from the tank.” *

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