Några prickskyttar torde ha blivit hyfsat rika. Fast det blev något fel i partiet om stridsvagnsbärgning.Strategypage skrev:Stalin Adopts the Profit Incentive
Finding that neither the lavish distribution of medals nor the systematic execution of “shirkers, defeatists, and cowards” were sufficient to properly motivate the men of the Red Army to fight harder, in 1943 Stalin introduced a system of cash rewards for outstanding performance in combat. A lengthy schedule of cash payments was instituted to recognize outstanding performance in the field:
•Snipers, 500 rubles per kill, plus 200 for the sniper’s assistant
•Anti-tank troops, 500 rubles per tank killed for the gunner, and 200 for each assistant
•Tankers, 500 rubles per tank killed to the commander, the gunner, and the driver, plus 200 for any other personnel
•Artillerymen, 500 rubles per tank killed to the commander and the gunner, plus 200 for each soldier serving the gun
•Aviators, 500 rubles per airplane killed to the commander, and 200 for any other aircrew
•AA troops, 500 rubles per airplane killed to the commander and the gunner, plus 200 for each soldier serving the gun.
Troops could also earn rubles by salvaging equipment on the battlefield. For tanks, for example, there was a sliding scale depending upon type: for each KV or other heavy tank, 500 rubles, for T-34s or other medium tanks, 2,000 rubles, for T-60s or other light tanks, 500 rubles, with the money shared among the men effecting the recovery.
To put this in perspective, in 1943 the base pay of a private in the Red Army was just 600 rubles a year, a little more than $20 at the prevailing exchange rate.
BookNote: The recent Why Stalin's Soldiers Fought: The Red Army's Military Effectiveness in World War II (Modern War Studies) , by Roger R. Reese, is highly recommended for its unusually insightful and ground-breaking look at the Soviet soldier during the “Great Patriotic War”.