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by gebhk
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Do my support teams wear my uniform?
Replies: 25
Views: 2783

Re: Do my support teams wear my uniform?

The LeIG18 crew will be part of the infantry regiment (or schutzen unit) and so wear the same distinctions (White and pink respectively). The schutzen wore white same as ordinary infantry as far as I can recall. Later (don't know when exactly) panzergrenadiers were given a nasty shade of medium gre...
by gebhk
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: What rank is my forward observor
Replies: 16
Views: 1714

Re: What rank is my forward observor

Interesting why would the battalion mortars send a private to be the observer I don't think they would. The organisation suggests that the primary modus operandi was for the squads to operate separately, each supporting one of the battalion's rifle companies. Observation would be carried out by the...
by gebhk
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: What rank is my forward observor
Replies: 16
Views: 1714

Re: What rank is my forward observor

Not entirely sure what the changes in the setup were between 1939 and 1940 in the mortar platoon. However in the 1939 set up, each mortar squad of 2 tubes had a small HQ of its own consisting of NCO squad commander, a range-finder and two telephonists. My best guess is that the squad leader stayed w...
by gebhk
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: le.ig 18 use against vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 3305

Re: le.ig 18 use against vehicles

Other things limiting the use of infantry guns vs. tanks is their higher profile. Not sure that is the case when the PAK 36 is compared with the LeIG. For some reason I have been unable to find the height of the LeIG 18 shield. Reduced to comparing my toys, the PAK 36 (with shield) seems decidedly ...
by gebhk
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: le.ig 18 use against vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 3305

Re: le.ig 18 use against vehicles

210m/s for le.IG18 Alexander - wouldn't that vary depending on the size of the propellant charge? I'm sure it's not a coincidence that when the hollow-charge round was introduced, it was fired on the highest available charge (later models had a one-piece round to improve accuracy) ? The muzzle velo...
by gebhk
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: le.ig 18 use against vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 3305

Re: le.ig 18 use against vehicles

Interesting question eatU4myT. No one questions the use of the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 in the A/T role. A/T ammo clearly existed for those guns and something similar could have, theoretically, been made available for the LeIG. Fact is, it would appear that it wasn't until the advent of hollow-charge shel...
by gebhk
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buggy with motorbike wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Re: buggy with motorbike wheels

I knew I could rely on you gentlemen. Amazing you found the very thing. Just asking to be modelled.

Elsewhere in his testimony, Ken Curry notes that one of the Churchills kept firing in support of the infantry. As a result he (Ken) suffered permanent hearing loss!

Many thanks
K
by gebhk
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buggy with motorbike wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 771

Re: buggy with motorbike wheels

First I have head about it, assume he means 3" mortar?
I thought so too, as a 2" wouldn't need a handcart to shift it - albeit this is not stated. Later on goes to say they had 30 bombs for their mortar.

Bestest
K
by gebhk
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: buggy with motorbike wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 771

buggy with motorbike wheels

Reading casually an old BBC History Mag (in the place such casual reading is traditionally done), I came across the following excerpt from one of the veterans of the Dieppe landings: " We had a mortar on a buggy fitted with motorbike wheels" (Kenneth Curry, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry) Any ideas w...
by gebhk
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: An Interesting Look At Russian USSR Squad Tactics and Formations
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Re: An Interesting Look At Russian USSR Squad Tactics and Formations

Thanks JT8 - fascinating. Thanks for that. I suspect writing manuals is much like writing wargames rules. Was any work on how reality differs from the fantasy of manuals such as that of Wigram for the British army, done for the Germans and Soviets? I suspect not, as doctrinaire totalitarian governme...