The Red Army Rifle Battalion underwent near constant revision during the course of what was termed in the Soviet Union the Great Patriotic War. This study covers only those that would be found in the Rifle Regiments of Rifle Divisions (including Guards), which equate to Infantry Regiments and Divisions of other armies. For the purposes of this study they can be roughly considered as covering the following periods;
1. The Rifle Battalion at the time of the Nazi invasion in June 1941 and its Reduced Strength version of several months later.
2. The Rifle Battalion organization of late 1941, which removed all mortars, and its slightly reinforced version of March 1942.
3. The Rifle Battalion of July 1942 and its successor of the following December, the latter of which remained in force until the end of the war in Europe.
4. The modified Guards Rifle Battalion of December 1942 and its planned replacement of December 1944.
Other variations of Rifle Battalions will be detailed separately, as and when they are compiled.
Below are links to the files that make up this study. The first is a narrative of the Battalion organization and how it evolved between 1941 and 1945. This also includes some information on weapons, ammunition and signal equipment. There are then separate files detailing in full the information as found in the штат, or Shtat (State) for the unit concerned. This gave the authorised numbers of personnel, transport and weapons for the unit at full strength and in all cases is derived from copies of the original Shtat tables. Known amendments are also included, likewise will be any relevant information from additional documents.
All files in the below links are in PDF.