French Cavalry Platoon 1940

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French Cavalry Platoon 1940

Postby TBCheese » Thu May 31, 2018 11:06 am

Hello,

This topic is for the development of a French Cavalry Platoon in 1940. Please feel free to comment and help along the way with anything I write here!
From what i can gather the platoon was a little like:
Platoon HQ – 4 men
2x Groupes de Combat –
1 NCO
Escouade de Fusiliers – 6 men (inc lmg)
Escouade de Eclaireurs – 6 men (inc VB launcher)
1x Escouade de Eclaireurs (NB, sometimes this seems to have an LMG, which would make it another Escouade de Fusiliers)
6 men inc VB launcher

With the following support weapons at Regiment level (16 combat platoons):
8 HMGs (/16 = 0.5 = 0-1)
4 60mm Mortars (/16 = 0.25 = 0-1)
4 25mm AT guns (/16 = 0.25 = 0-1)

Therefore an initial stab at a platoon suggests:

Platoon HQ -
1 Lieutenant 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 3+ Pistol or Berthier 07/15 M16 Officer 20cm
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades NCO
2 Soldat 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades
May updgrade one soldat to a medic with a pistol

2x Groupes de Combat -
1x Escouade de Fusiliers
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades NCO
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FM24/29 LMG, Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol
4 Soldat 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16

1x Escouade de Eclaireurs
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades NCO
1 Soldat 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Lebel 86M93 rifle with VB Launcher
4 Soldat 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades

1x Escouade de Eclaireurs
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades NCO
1 Soldat 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Lebel 86M93 rifle with VB Launcher
4 Soldat 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16, AP Grenades
This squad uses the Recon special Rule

Company Support Choices
0-1 HMG
0-1 25mm AT Gun
0-1 60mm Mortar

Here i cant quite work out the size of the squads. One source i can find puts the squad sizes at:
HMG = ???
AT gun = 8 crew
60mm Mortar = 7 crew
Seems high to me and I wonder if this include 1-2 vehicle drivers etc

Division Support Choices
Artillery (+1 Support Point)
1 Officer 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16 or Pistol Forward Observer,
1 Assistant 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Berthier 07/15 M16 or Pistol Recon

Up to 2 AMD Panhard 178 (+2 Support Points each)
Char Leger 1935 R (Renault 35) (+2 Support Points)
Hotchkiss H-39 (+3 Support Points)


Anyone have any more information on this? Or wants to hazard a guess at a CE, strategy rating or Special rules? Any contributions or comments welcome!

Thanks,

Stuart
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Re: French Cavalry Platoon 1940

Postby TBCheese » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:49 am

I feel like my Divisional support options are super restricted, in comparison to just the standard infantry list. I dont know whether thats a bad thing, or simply add more flavour to the force in question?

Would be interesting to get peoples thoughts on this.

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Re: French Cavalry Platoon 1940

Postby Mark at GEG » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:05 am

I like the restricted Divisional support, reflects the nature of the force.

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