10 thousand boxes of matches a year
During the first months of the war, the enemy deeply penetrated into our country and occupied the city where our main match enterprises were located: On June 28,1941, Minsk was captured, on June 29 – Liepājaand, Klaipeda, July 1 - Riga, July 4 - Pinsk, July 9 - Pskov, October 6 - Bryansk, October 13 - Kaluga, in the occupied territories there were 15 companies of match production, which accounted for more than 70% of production capacity of the match industry in the country.

For the population of the country, which was divided into four categories – workers and equivalent to them persons, employees, dependents and children – since July 1941, the sale of matches was carried out with food cards. However, even in Moscow the food cards were used by no more than 30-40%.

In 1938-40, up to 56 boxes per capita were produced in the USSR, with the loss of most match factories at the beginning of the war, the country faced a match crisis.
In order to restore the lost capacity and ensure the uninterrupted supply of strategic everyday products to the front and the population, the measures which, in particular, were provided in order to increase labour productivity at existing state match factories, building new and restoring old state match factories in the liberated territories, organizing the production of matches at local industrial enterprises were developed.

On July 13, 1942, by the decision of the Executive Committee of the Okrug Council of Workers' Deputies of the Khanty-Mansiysk National Okrug, an artisanal match factory with an annual production capacity of 10,000 boxes of matches was organized at the Khanty-Mansiysk Agro-Industrial Complex [1] .

The demand of active armies for matches from the end of 1942 was mostly satisfied. However, has become possible due to a sharp decline in the supply of match products to the local population, an increase in production plans for all existing state match factories and their transfer to military operation, as well as the start of manufacturing of match products at local industrial enterprises.

For the entire period of the Great Patriotic War, matches were produced 3 times less than in the previous 5 years, however, there was no emergency situation of their shortage, the front was continuously supplied with matches. The war forced the development of dozens of new types of match products and special-purpose matches, expanding the main capacities of state match factories, increasing their productivity and creating conditions for the accumulation of strategic reserves.