Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

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Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by Trailape » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:12 am

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Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?
How much ammo per weapon?
Are they reloaded from a JOP like the Brit 2inch or is their ammunition limited to the ‘Leader CI’ of their commander as per ‘Rifle Grenades’ or is there a set / fixed number of rounds per weapon?
Is it fired by just one man or are the crew assumed to be engrossed in serving the weapon thus unable to use their rifles? One list has a 4 man crew one list has a 3 man crew so what’s the consequence for one less crew?
Also,... one list mentions the Type 100 Rifle grenade launcher but there is nothing in the notes about it.
Can anyone elaborate on it?
Is it simply a Rifle Grenade launcher as per the neon rules?
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I’m assuming the Japanese Engineering Section is as per the main rules.
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Re: Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by Arlequín » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:45 am

The 'Knee' Mortar is a light mortar, comparable to most 50mm mortars in CoC. The Type 100 is a rifle grenade discharger, pretty much like all rifle grenade launchers. Both use the same rules as other weapons of their type, or at least they should.

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Re: Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by Len Tracey » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:07 am

As Arlequin says!
The Type 89 Grenade Discharger is, to all intents and purposes, a 50mm light mortar and should be treated as such. In the Japanese Infantry platoon each mortar had a doctrinal crew of four who carried around 18 rounds of ammo. This was nearly all HE, so that nature should be unlimited. There was a small number of smoke rounds, so only one mission of smoke should be allowed. It can resupply these rounds from a JOP.
With regard to firing, the squad should fire all three mortars at the one target as this is how they were used. As the squad was also armed with rifles, they have the option of either firing their rifles or firing the mortar, not both.
Later in the war, the crew was reduced to three, but this would have little game effect. If the crew was reduced to 2, then it would make sense for it to be subject to the same rules as the British 2" mortar. This could get a bit fiddly with record keeping though.
The Type 100 rifle grenade was a fairly standard rifle grenade so should use the normal rules for this type of weapon. They were not commonly used so should remain a support choice.
Let me know if more clarification is needed.
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Re: Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by Trailape » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:59 am

Thanks Len
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Re: Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by powermonger » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:20 pm

Arlequin: what is the special rule for british 2` mortars?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by redmist1122 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:17 pm

...unlimited smoke rounds and cannot shoot through it?
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Re: Japanese Knee Mortars. How are they treated?

Post by Arlequín » Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:08 am

powermonger wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:20 pm
Arlequin: what is the special rule for british 2` mortars?
Is there one other than those in the rule book? I haven't mentioned one. :?

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