Belgian Rifle Platoon 1940

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Belgian Rifle Platoon 1940

Postby TBCheese » Thu May 31, 2018 11:07 am

Hello,

This topic is for the development of a Belgian Rifle 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 – 2 men (Lieutenant, Bugler)
1x DBT Squad -
1 Sergeant NCO
3 DBT Lance grenade each with 3 crew (1 gunner, 2 loaders)
4x Infantry Squad –
1 Sergeant (rifle) "Chef de Groupe" allows him to join either section?
Equipe de Fusil-Mitrailleur – Corporal (rifle), 1 gunner (with BAR & pistol), 1 loader (pistol), 3 men with rifles
Equipe de Fusiliers Grenadiers – Corporal (rifle), 5 men with rifles and AP grenades


With the following support weapons:
0-2 HMGs
0-1 76mm Mortars (could be fired directly!)
0-1 47mm AT guns

Therefore an initial stab at a platoon suggests:

Platoon HQ
1 Lieutenant 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 3+ Pistol Officer 20cm
1 Bugler 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935

DBT Squad
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol NCO
3 Gunners 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ DBT. 50, Pistol
6 Loaders 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935

2x Groupes de Combat
1x Equipe de Fusil-Mitrailleur
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 NCO, Chef de Groupe
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 NCO
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN M. 1930 (BAR), Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol
3 Soldats 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935

1x Equipe de Fusiliers Grenadiers
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 NCO
5 Soldats 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935, AP Grenades

May select up to 2 additional Groupes de Combat +3 support points
1x Equipe de Fusil-Mitrailleur
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 NCO, Chef de Groupe
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 NCO
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN M. 1930 (BAR), Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol

1x Equipe de Fusiliers Grenadiers
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 NCO
2 Soldats 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935, AP Grenades

May add 3 Soldats armed with FN Modele 1935 to the Equipe de Fusil-Mitrailleur (+1 Support Point)
May add 3 Soldats armed with FN Modele 1935 & AP Grenades to the Equipe de Fusiliers Grenadiers (+1 Support Point)


Company Support Choices
0-2 HMG +1 Support Point)
1 Corporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol NCO
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Maxim M.1908, Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol
2 Soldats 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935
May add 3 Soldats armed with FN Modele 1935 (+1 Support Point)

0-1 47mm AT Gun +1 Support Point
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol NCO
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ 47mm FRC, Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol
3 Soldats 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935

0-1 76mm Mortar +1 Support Point
1 Sergent 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol NCO
1 Caporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FRC-76 B M34 Mortar, Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol
1 Observer 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Pistol Observer
May add an Ammo Section of 1 Caporal NCO with FN Modele 1935 and 6 Soldats with FN Modele 1935 (+2 Support Points)

Boyes Anti Tank Rifle Team +1 Support Point
1 Gunner 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ Boyes ATR, Pistol
1 Loader 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935


Division Support Choices
Artillery (+1 Support Point)
1 Officer 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 or Pistol Forward Observer,
1 Assistant 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935 or Pistol Recon

Bicycle recon Squad?
T-13 Type 1 and Type 3 (47mm ATG)

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! I wouldnt know where to begin on stating up with DBT lance grenades? And i assume the 76mm mortar that can be direct fired would be relatively easy to short. I dont know whether anyone would ever take a Boyes ATR for 1 support point when they could buy a whole 47mm ATG with 6 dudes for the same? May need to fiddle with the support point costs, or maybe provide two ATR teams for +1 Support point. Or even just leave the ATR to the requisition points and have them purchased as equipment?

Thanks,

Stuart
Last edited by TBCheese on Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:28 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Belgian Rifle Platoon 1940

Postby TBCheese » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:17 pm

Divisional Support:

Bicycle Recon Squad (+2 Support Points)
1 Corporal 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ SMG NCO,Recon
7 Scouts 20cm 4+ +3 5+ 4+ FN Modele 1935, Recon

I have based the above on a scout section from the Infantry Regiment's Scout platoon, rather than a section from the divisional Reconnaissance Company, which is an altogether different beast. Anyone know what the Standard Belgian SMG was?

Tanks to stat up:
T-13 Type 1 Tank Destroyer
T-13 Type 3 Tank Destroyer
T-15 Light Tank
ACG-1 Light Tank
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