No pasa nada... I don't think it is too difficult to translate for anyone who can at least manage to say "una cerveza por favor", but I have done so anyway.Emilio wrote:Jim, following Dronne´s memories, these are the weapons that 9th company theorically had (in spanish, sorry):
Armamento de los vehículos (Vehicle Armament):
- 5 ametralladoras pesadas del 50 (.50 HMG) - 1 per platoon, plus two extra.
- 17 ametralladoras ligeras del 30 (.30 LMG) - 1 per vehicle, two for the HQ?
Otro armamento (Other Armament):
- 3 cañones anticarros de 57 mm (57mm AT Gun) - 1 per platoon.
- 3 morteros de 60 (60mm Mortars) - 1 per platoon
- 6 ametralladoras del 30 (.30 Machine Guns) - 2 per platoon (looks like they did not go to the effort of dismounting them).
- 13 rocket-guns (bazookas) - I expected one per vehicle (17), but I guess the AT vehicles and 1 HQ vehicle did not need them
- 60 fusiles automáticos (M1 Garand) - Very low amount for a company.
- 70 carabinas (M1 Carbine) - Very high amount for a company.
- 25 metralletas Thomson (sic) - This is a new term for me... usually it's 'subfusil'
- 15 pistolas automáticas -
- 14 lanzagranadas (M7 grenade launcher attachments for the M1 Garand)
- 3 lanza cabos ('launcher head' I'm guessing this is the additional 'cup' fitting so that normal hand grenades can be used with the M7 fitting?)
It seems that the company commander (or battalion commander) got to choose what he wanted instead of the normal complement of personal weapons. I have never seen so many carbines and SMGs compared to so few Garands. The Garands are needed for the grenade launcher attachments though.
So rough numbers; 50 men per platoon, with a company HQ of 20 (pistols+smg+carbine+rifle), presuming some pistol-armed men were not also carrying a carbine or SMG.
Yes it is almost like they were purposely trying to confuse later generations of army list writers by making use of 'non-standard equipment' whenever possible.Seret wrote: Indeed, extra .50cals were quite common. Often taken from wrecked tanks, adding them (and .30cals) to Bren gun carriers was popular. Belt fed MGs were rarely discarded, they'd be put to use even if it meant welding them to something.