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The German army originally had those as platoons of 6 in 3 sections with 2 81 mm tubes. Later the individual sections were made part of the infantry company and the mortar platoon in the heavy or MG company got 4 120 mm mortars. I strongly suspect that was in part a reflection of common practise (2 x 81 mm per company).
The US infantry company had 2 later 3 60 mm mortar, reducing the need for breakdown of the battalion's heavy weapon companies 4 later 6 strong mortar platoon. In close country, like jungle or forest it might at times be more effective to break down, so I would not rule it out. The US mechanised infantry battalions only had 3 M4/M4A1/M21 mortar half tracks.
The Soviets during the early mid war period centralised all mortars into companies, even the 50 mm, due to misuse by poorly trained infantry officers. As the officer pool improved they were parcelled out again. Again terrain and task would dictate keeping the 82 mm concentrated or in 2 or 3 tube sections. Urban terrain would tend to result in dispersal of sections.
The British started with relatively few mortars, usually 4 per battalion (sometimes as low as 2 or 3). Later in the desert war each motorised company had 2 while the leg infantry battalion had 6. I would tend to allocate sections of 2 for motorised but keep them together (as OBA) for leg units. Again, though, terrain and task can override that.
Summary of smallest
US & British leg & Soviet '42: Mainly as (4-6 tube) OBA.
US & British mechanised/motorised: 3 & 2 tube sections.
German: 2 tube sections.
Soviet (except '42): 2, more usually 3 tube sections.
There will be occasions when 1 is on its own either for tactical reasons or only 1 is available.
MMG/HMG would have been more usually allocated in 2 or 3 gun sections though 4 to 6 gun platoons would not be uncommon. However MG are more likely to be 'accumulated' by squads and platoons and single guns were sometimes part of a company's TO&E, so you have to be much more flexible about MG than mortars.
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Even without SW counters in an OB, you have the ghost inherent LMGs.
cf. introductory remark of chapter A9 :
[A LMG counter represents a weapon additional to the inherent complement of such weapons present in a squad and accounted for by that squad's FP. The inherent LMG of a squad counter is not subject to any of the following rules, nor can it ever be turned into a LMG counter.]
Tactical hint from about three millenia ago :
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the witless keep going and pay the penalty.
King Solomon (Proverbs 27.12)
'I'm smelling a whole lot of 'if' coming off this plan"
In any case what I've seen here so far is the notion that there AREN'T ENOUGH support weapons in scenarios today. I think you're all nuts!
My latest design has 4 SS squads defending a village with 4 HMGs, 2 MMGs and 2 PSK. They may freely deploy just to man the SW. They are attacked by 12 radioless early-war Polish AFV.
Do you want to playtest it for me ?
Great historical stuff you can find on Wikipedia, if you know where to look.
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Not sure what to do with the two bottles of Polish Sauerkraut (PSK) though. Can they be thrown, or just placed? Sorry, but with 16 SSR, I forgot already.
Last edited by BattleSchool; 23 Apr 12 at 11:56.