Ammo was supplied in spam cans. Rear area had a mechanical hand tool that opened up the can much like your kitchen can opener. On the front line, the supplied hand opener per 2 can crate was the method to open them.huntingwildman said:Appreciate the replies. Since they loaded their mags by hand how was the ammo supply distributed?
In other words, did they have ammo boxes laid out near their positions? was there soldiers responsible for supplying the infantrymen?
Just trying to get a handle on the logistics of keeping an ammo supply at hand....For small squads, or covert missions, I guess it was all you could carry within reason?
Please cite a source for the above information regarding Soviet doctrine post WWII.s70fan said:Soviet soldiers don't need resupply until after the battle.
Soviet military doctrine is the assault. Troops would be thrown at the objective until it is over-run. Entire divisions might be completely consumed during the assault.
In other words, Soviet troops were not really expected to survive any battle. Follow on troops would hold the ground or continue the assault.
Soviet divisions do not have supply, support or medical units like AMERICAN divisions do.
That is the way they did it in WWII. That is how they do it today and it is the military doctrine of all Commie troops. The same tactics were used in Korea by the Chinese who often commited troopers to battle with NO WEAPONS as they could get one off the battlefield during of after the attack. Same thing from time to time in VN.
This is something to remember because as a civilian your requirement for an ammo load out is like 1 30 round mag. You will not survive any longer than that in any shoot out you get yourself into.