Many of you have puzzled and wondered with all those Soviet number codes on ordnance and especially on cartridges.
There are lots of tables with numbers around, but nobody took care of the fact that these numbers changed with time (plants had to move because of the German attack in 1941, plants changed their production profile, plants were transferred from one people’s commissariat to another, plants were closed down, etc.).
For my “Soviet Cannon” book I compiled a comprehensive list, for the first time taking these facts into account.
Here is a funny story: Shortly before I finished my book, I ran accross an internet database that was researching the number code system of all Soviet plants since 1999. This fully referenced database, comprising an Excel sheet of 16MB and containing more than 25 thousand lines (rows) was a blast!
However, since you can’t find it by typing “Soviet manufacturer codes” or “Soviet factory codes” into Google, I will put the link here:
Dear cartridge society: Go nuts with this list!
PS: My “Soviet Cannon” book of course used information from that list and ammended it with specimen data. Additionally, I also provided factory code information on all of the Warsaw Pact states.