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by gebhk
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

We seem to be quoting from examples through history and perhaps ignoring the relative carrying capacities of different armies' soldiers, which is perhaps clouding the issue a little. It might be helpful to limit the discussion to 1939 and consider the differences in carrying capacity caused by such ...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

Or an early war German third man. Or for that matter the 2nd and 4th man could blast away with their pistols. The reason I am making this inane suggestion is to highlight the point that I think Andysyk is making that it was not the role of the SAW team to be part of the rifle team. There was a reas...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

Actually, the same is true for the basic German infantry platoon. Oddly enough not so for the German infantry platoon of 1939 - they had no allocation of vehicles. They made up for it with far more 'tonnage' at company level and the stubble hoppers, relieved of the need to schlepp their backpacks a...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

I would generally agree that the limiting factor on output - at least in the medium and longer term - was not weapon design but the efficiency of ammo supply. Bear in mind that the wz 28 gunner could carry 5 magazines along with the gun and associated clutter. Each mag held 20 rounds. At a practical...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

TBH, I'm a little sceptical of the idea of of a single-crew mag-fed gun in any list. In practice as soon as the gun goes into action it's going to require at least one other man to start stuffing magazines . Amen to that in general. Almost every army I can think of had 3 men operating the SAW - ie ...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

That would place a further emphasis on the tactics of operating as a section and not as teams. While I would agree with this point generally, we should probably not over-egg it :). In other words it was far from the case that all the squad would engage in exactly the same activity at all times. Mos...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939-era Polish cavalry
Replies: 62
Views: 9692

Re: 1939-era Polish cavalry

In this context, it is probably worth bearing in mind that (contrary to what many folk fondly believe) Poland was desperately short of military-grade horseflesh throughout the interbellum. For this reason, any opportunity to cut horse establishments was taken and great care was taken to prevent avoi...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939-era Polish cavalry
Replies: 62
Views: 9692

Re: 1939-era Polish cavalry

In British cavalry regiments each officer had a groom, as well as a batman In the Polish army such a person would be termed 'luzak'. literally 'relief' but also 'spare' or 'replacement'. This presumably not only because he was expected to hold/ride his officer's horse when not needed as transportat...
by gebhk
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: 1939 Poles errata
Replies: 114
Views: 10148

Re: 1939 Poles errata

A few points: - There was no AT rifle team. The anti-tank rifle was a one man operated weapon. - The binoculars-equipped kapral was the platoon observer (who also carried a signalling pistol). His job was to, in the widest sense, keep the platoon leader up to date on the tactical situation: ie keep ...
by gebhk
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Blitzkrieg 1940: Chasseur Ardennais Supports
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Blitzkrieg 1940: Chasseur Ardennais Supports

John - my question and similar are only relevant if you want to model as historically accurate a squad as possible. If that is not your objective (no reason why it should, it's all a matter of personal taste; we are all just playing toy soldiers on a table after all) then it doesn't matter. However,...