Soviet Paratroopers?

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7dot62mm
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Re: Soviet Paratroopers?

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Leroy Thompson's "Unfulfilled Promise: The Soviet Airborne Forces, 1928-1945" does not go into detail about TOE but states that the 1941 Airborne Infantry Company had "100-120" men and that a Guards Airborne Infantry Company of 1943 had 90-100 men. But it does give some useful support option information. This book is very cheap on Kobo.

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Re: Soviet Paratroopers?

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According to Zaloga’s Red Army Handbook:
1940 - rifle company (141 all ranks) of 12 man HQ, three 38 man platoons and a 50mm mortar platoon
Mar/Apr 1941 - 24 backpack FT authorised for third platoon in each company
From/after Sept 1941 - strength increased but detail unknown, battalion allegedly 672 all ranks and had 394 rifles, 142 SMG, 18 LMG, 6 MMG, 18 50mm mortars, 6 82mm mortar, 9 ATR,
April/May 1943 - battalion 715 all ranks,
By October 1943 - battalion 699 all ranks with three rifle companies each with 9 LMG, 3 50mm mortars, MG company (12 MMG), mortar company (6 82mm), AT company (27 ATR), signal and medical platoons.
Late Oct 1943 - rifles replaced by SMG (ex snipers).

Regards

Edward

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