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by ocollens
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Strengthening defences in Bloody Bucket
Replies: 2
Views: 979

Strengthening defences in Bloody Bucket

As I understand it, a platoon may strengthen defences instead of moving. So it must have the initiative, I assume. My questions are these: 1. Does a nationality having the initiative then apply to all its platoons? 2. Are strengthened defences confined to or in addition to the limits in the rules (4...
by ocollens
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: German invasion of Sweden 1943
Replies: 3
Views: 1309

Re: German invasion of Sweden 1943

A bit vague but what I have, don't remember what the source was, similar project to yours Mark years ago 1943M establishment: Platoon officer SL pistol Platoon NCO SL SMG 47mm mortar team men?? AT rifle team* 4 sections each Section Leader JL SMG 1 automatic rifle gunner** 7 riflemen * The recoilles...
by ocollens
Tue May 23, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Soviet anti-tank rifle sections
Replies: 6
Views: 1715

Re: Soviet anti-tank rifle sections

I am trying to play the period not the rules. Agreed there is a degree of artificiality in depicting units at this level but I feel that AT rifle teams would not have generally operated singly in the Red army, as opposed to those of other nations. A Soviet motorised rifle battalion was supposed to h...
by ocollens
Mon May 22, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Soviet anti-tank rifle sections
Replies: 6
Views: 1715

Soviet anti-tank rifle sections

I can find no discussions of these formations,. How would you cost them? Soviets did not tend to use AT rifles in penny packets so the the single team is a bit irrelevant (except perhaps as part of an assault group - which is also not discussed AFAIK). Costing them as 3 or 4 AT rifle teams plus a JL...
by ocollens
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Rural hedges,Snipers,Senior Leaders,Flamethrowers
Replies: 26
Views: 5017

Re: Rural hedges,Snipers,Senior Leaders,Flamethrowers

Hi JB001, For what its worth I don't call those guys within Airborne and ranger platoons etc. snipers. Nor do I think of them as ordinary riflemen. I call them Marksmen. They have not had proper sniper training and they don't have a spotter. They are good shots with a scoped rifle. So, if you are wi...
by ocollens
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Average dice?
Replies: 13
Views: 2768

Re: Average dice?

Some rules back in the 70s (I go back even further) did exactly what Agent P suggests. Not a bad idea.
by ocollens
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Soviet mortar bombardment - why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 2995

Re: Soviet mortar bombardment - why not?

Arlequin wrote: Seriously, give the Soviets in-game mortar barrages and make the fantasy universal. Personally I find off-table mortar barrages tend to ruin CoC games and we only tend to pick them when one side side is attacking a 'dug-in' enemy. This is is more a matter of gameplay than realism but...
by ocollens
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Soviet mortar bombardment - why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 2995

Re: Soviet mortar bombardment - why not?

Hi TT, Thanks for your contribution. My contention is that by 1943 at least Soviet fire support was available down to platoon level. Certainly they did concentrate it but they could do both, and sometimes at the same time. I found the wartime US information manual On the Way: the employment of morta...
by ocollens
Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Soviet mortar bombardment - why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 2995

Soviet mortar bombardment - why not?

I have never understood why Soviet forces are barred from purchasing as support a forward observer and a medium mortar bombardment like other nations. By the late war certainly they were lavishly equipped with mortars (rifle battalions had 9 82mm) and artillery observers down to company level. I don...
by ocollens
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Sharp Practice
Topic: Native lists for FIW?
Replies: 27
Views: 5461

Re: Native lists for FIW?

One important factor was that Woodland tribes usually had a resident gunsmith to repair their weapons. Sometimes this provision was even part of a treaty with a white power. Woodland tribes were nothing like as nomadic as Plains tribes, living in villages where such craftsmen could set up shop.