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1987. 152mm M84 Gun-Howitzer Artillery Battery

 

Battery HQ - 6 men - 5 x AR, 1 x P, 1 x light vehicle/6 seat

- Bty Cmd - AR

- Bty 2inC - AR

- PO - AR

- Bty Jr Officer - AR

- Medic - P

- Driver - AR, LV/6S

 

Command Platoon - 21 men - 21 x AR, 1 x 1.5t truck, 1 x 5t truck

- Plt Cmd - AR

- Driver - AR, 1.5t truck

 

​Reconnaissance Section - 5 men - 5 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- Scout x 4 - AR

 

Signal Section - 14 men - 14 x AR, 1 x 5t truck

- Section leader - AR

- Radiomen x 5 - AR

- Phone operator x 7 - AR

- Driver - AR, 5t truck

 

Plotting section - 4 men - 4 x AR

- Section leader/main battery plotter - AR

- Plotter x 3 - AR

 

152mm M84 artillery platoon x 2 - 34 men - 3 x 152mm M84 GH, 1 x MG, 33 x AR, 3 x 6t truck

- Plt Cmd - AR

 

1st 152mm M84 Section - 11 men - 1 x 152mm M84 GH 10 x AR, 1 x MG, 1 x 6t truck

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner - AR

- Gun crew x 7 - 6 x AR, 1 x MG

- Driver x 2 - AR

 

2nd and 3rd 152mm M84 Section - 11 men - 1 x 152mm M84 GH 11 x AR, 1 x 6t truck

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner - AR

- Gun crew x 7 - 7 x AR

- Driver x 2 - AR

 

Total - 99 men - 6 x 152mm M84 GH, 2 x MG, 96 x AR, 1 x P, 6 x 6t truck, 1 x 5t truck, 1 x 1.5t truck, 1 x LV/6S

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What is current Serbian Mech Infantry Squad look like? And what does it fit into? Asking forTankovian thread. We are curious what our neighbours think.

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M-80A IFV, 3 men vehicle crew:

- driver - Scorpion

- gunner - Scorpion

- vehicle commander - M70

Dismounts:

- section leader - M70

- LMG gunner x 2 - M84

- Sniper - M76

- Riflemen x 3 (2 of them LMG assistants) - M70

4 x M80 LAW carried also (2 "free" riflememen, 1 section leader, 1 vehicle commander)

One mech brigade still has M72 SAW instead of M84 LMG

 

Bog standard infantry is 8 men:

Section leader - M70

LMG gunner - M84

Sniper x 2 - M76

Riflemen x 5 (2 of them LMG assistants) - M70

4 x M80 LAW carried also ("free" riflemen + section leader)

 

Paras IIRC have M84+Minimi in the section + 1 x M76 + 5 x SCAR (with Elcan optics IIRC), but I am not 100% on that.

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Yeah, M72s needed replacing and that was available and actually fitted with what was found out in the local conflicts about what are really valuable weapons in the rifle section. With mech infantry carrying all that ammo is not that much of an issue as with regular infantry (which also played with 2 x M84 in 2004-5, but decided against it).

IIRC Fins have 2 x PKM in the regular infantry section.

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Oh, and old JNA mech infantry in the M-60P APC had additional LMG as a bow mounted M53 was fully demountable. Depending on the time period they would have either 2 x M53 or 1 x M53 + 2 x M72.

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Mobile ones (122mm A-19, 130mm M-46, 155mm M2) follow the org of the standard artillery battery, difference only appears in the higher formations.

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1945. Guards Rifle Company

Co HQ - 19 men - 2 x ATR, 2 x MG, 1 x SR, 9 x SMG, 6 x R, 3 x P

Company Command Section - 7 men - 1 x SRm 3 x SMG, 2 x R, 1 x P

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC/PO - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - R

- Medic - P

- Scout-sniper - SR

- Runner - R

 

AT Section - 5 men - 2 x ATR, 3 x SMG, 2 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - ATR, R

- Assistant x 2 - SMG

 

MG section - 7 men - 2 x MG, 3 x SMG, 2 x R, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- MG gunner x 2 - MG, P

- Assistant x 2 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

 

Rifle platoon x 3 - 33 men - 3 x LMG, 10 x SMG, 19 x R, 4 x P

Platoon Command Section - 3 men - 1 x SMG, 1 x R, 1 x Pi

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Runner - R

- Medic - P

 

Rifle Section x 3 - 10 men - 1 x LMG, 3 x SMG, 6 x R, 1 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- SMG gunner x 2 - SMG

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- Assistant - R

- Riflemen x 5 - R

 

Total - 118 ( 19 + 3 x 33 ) men - 2 x ATR, 2 x MG, 1 x SR, 9 x LMG, 39 x SMG, 63 x R, 15 x P

No company motor transport

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1945. Guards SMG Company

Co HQ - 11 men - 2 x ATR, 10 x SMG, 1 x P

Co Cmd Section - 6 men - 5 x SMG, 1 x P

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC/PO - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - SMG

- Medic - P

- Runner - SMG

 

AT Section - 5 men - 2 x ATR, 5 x SMG

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - ATR, SMG

- Assistant x 2 - SMG

 

SMG Platoon x 3 - 33 men - 3 x LMG, 29 x SMG, 4 x P.

Plt Cmd Section - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Runner - SMG

- Medic - P

 

SMG Section x 3 - 10 men - 1 x LMG, 9 x SMG, 1 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- Assistant - SMG

- SMG gunner x 7 - SMG

 

Total - 110 ( 11 + 3 x 33 ) men - 2 x ATR, 9 x LMG, 97 x SMG, 13 x P

No company motor transport

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1947. Guards Rifle Company

Co HQ - 6 men - 3 x SMG, 2 x R, 1 x P

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC/PO - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Medic - P

- Radioman - R

- Runner - R

 

Rifle Platoon x 3 - 33 men - 6 x LMG, 8 x SMG, 18 x R, 7 x P

Plt Cmd Section - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Plt 2inC - SMG

- Medic - P

 

Rifle Section x 3 - 10 men - 2 x LMG, 2 x SMG, 6 x R, 2 x P - if needed Rifle Section can split into 2 half-sections (each 5 men - 1 x LMG, 1 x SMG, 3 x R, 1 x P ), 1st one lead by Section Leader, 2nd one by Section 2inC

- Section leader - SMG

- Section 2inC - SMG

- LMG gunner x 2 - LMG, P

- Assistant x 2 - R

- Riflemen x 4 - R

 

Support Platoon - 33 men - 3 x 50mm mortar, 4 x ATR, 3 x MG, 6 x SMG, 21 x R, 3 x P

Plt Cmd Section - 2 men - 2 x SMG

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Plt 2inC - SMG

 

50mm Mortar Section - 10 men - 3 x 50mm Mortar, 1 x SMG, 9 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 3 - 50mm mortar, R

- Mortar crew x 6 - R - duties not specified, shoud be Loader x 3 and Ammo Bearer x 3

 

AT Section - 10 men - 4 x ATR, 2 x SMG, 8 x R - for better coverage it can split in two half-sections ( each 5 men - 2 x ATR, 1 x SMG, 4 x R )

- Section leader - SMG

- Section 2inC - SMG

- Gunner x 4 - ATR, R

- Assistant x 4 - R

 

MG Section - 10 men - 3 x MG, 1 x SMG, 6 x R, 3 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - R

- Ammo bearer x 3 - R

 

Ukupno - 138 ( 6 + 3 x 33 + 33 ) men - 3 x 50mm mortar, 3 x MG, 4 x ATR, 18 x LMG, 33 x SMG, 77 x R, 25 x P

 

Note - company also has logistic section attached:

- Radioman - R

- Driver x 3 - R

- 1 x 1/4t light vehicle

- 2 x truck

 

Radioman is attached to a Support platoon, 1 driver and 1/4t LV to Co Hq, 2 x Truck to Support platoon. One truck loads MG and AT section, other 50mm mortar section.

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1947. Guards SMG Company - unlike 1947. GRCo this one is pretty simple:

Co HQ - 6 men - 5 x SMG, 1 x P

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC/PO - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Medic - P

- Radioman - SMG

- Runner - SMG

 

SMG Platoon x 3 - 33 men - 3 x LMG, 29 x SMG, 4 x P

Plt Cmd Section - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Plt 2inC - SMG

- Medic - P

 

SMG Section x 3 - 10 men - 1 x LMG, 9 x SMG, 1 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- Assistant - SMG

- SMG gunner x 7 - SMG - SMG gunner 1 is section 2inC

 

Total - 105 ( 6 + 3 x 33 ) men - 9 x LMG, 92 x SMG, 13 x P

 

Note - company has logistic section:

- Radioman - SMG

- Driver x 2 - SMG

- 1 x 1/4t light vehicle

- 1 x truck

 

All are attached to a Co HQ, truck is used for company level reserve ammo.

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1954. Guards Rifle Company - based on 1954. Rifle Company, but has only 2 rifle sections per platoon and lighter support platoon (no RCL section)

 

Co HQ - 6 men - 3 x SMG, 1 x SR, 1 x R, 2 x P

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Medic - P

- Radioman - R

- Sniper - SR, P

 

Rifle Platoon x 3 - 34 men - 2 x MG, 2 x ATW, 2 x LMG, 15 x SMG, 14 x R (2/RG attachment), 5 x P

Plt Cmd Section - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Plt 2inC - SMG

- Medic - P

 

Rifle Section x 2 - 10 men - 1 x LMG, 4 x SMG, 5 x R, 1 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- Assistant - R

- Grenadier - R/RG attachment

- Riflemen x 3 - R

- SMG gunner x 3 - SMG - SMG gunner 1 is section 2inC

 

Support section - 11 men - 2 x MG, 2 x ATW, 5 x SMG, 4 x R, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- AT gunner x 2 - ATW, R

- Assistant x 2 - SMG

- MG gunner x 2 - MG, P

- Assistant x 2 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

 

Support platoon - 31 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 3 x MG, 4 x ATW, 14 x SMG, 15 x R (1/RG attachment), 3 x P

Plt Cmd Section - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x R

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Plt 2inC - SMG

- Radioman - R

AT Section - 9 men - 4 x ATW, 5 x SMG, 4 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- AT gunner x 4 - ATW, R

- Assistant x 4 - SMG

 

MG Section - 10 men - 3 x MG, 4 x SMG, 3 x R (1/RG attachment), 3 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- MG gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - R (1/RG attachment)

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SMG

 

Mortar Section - 9 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 3 x SMG, 6 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - 82mm mortar, R

- Loader x 2 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

- Ammo handler x 2 - R

 

Total - 139 ( 6 + 3 x 34 + 31 ) men - 9 x MG, 2 x 82mm mortar, 10 x ATW, 6 x LMG, 1 x SR, 62 x SMG, 58 x R (7/RG attachment), 20 x P

 

Note - company also had attached logistic section:

- Driver x 3 - R

- 1 x 3/4t vehicle

- 2 x 2.5t truck

One driver and 3/4t vehicle are attached to Co HQ for their transport, one truck is used to transport mortar section and one truck is used for company ammo reserve.

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MG42 for the most part, with some units still having MG34s. Possible some units still had DPs (formally moved to reserves in 1953-54). or ZB-26/30 (moved to reserves about 1955.).

Wartime formations do not specify exact model of the most weapons, only a general type.

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1954. Guards SMG Company

 

Co HQ - 6 men - 5 x SMG, 1 x P

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - SMG

- Medic - P

- Runner - SMG

 

SMG Platoon x 3 - 33 men - 6 x LMG, 26 x SMG, 7 x P

Plt Cmd Section - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Plt 2inC - SMG

- Medic - P

 

SMG Section x 3 - 10 men - 2 x LMG, 8 x SMG, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- Assistant x 2 - SMG

- SMG gunner x 5 - SMG - SMG gunner 1 is section 2inC

 

Total - 105 ( 6 + 3 x 33 ) men - 18 x LMG, 83 x SMG, 22 x P

 

 

Logistic section:

- Driver x 2 - SMG

- 1 x 3/4t vehicle

- 1 x 2.5t truck

One driver and 3/4t vehicle are attached to Co HQ and serve for it's transport. Truck is used for carrying company reserve ammo.

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1967./1969. Guards Rifle Company - in 1969. org transport is integral to a Co, while in 1967. there is separate logistic section. Org wise it is closest to a Light Company, but it has heavier support platoon and rifle sections have 2 x LMG

Data is for 1969. org:

Co Hq - 8 men - 3 x SMG, 1 x SR, 3 x SAR, 2 x P, 1 x 1/4t light vehicle, 1 x 5t truck

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - SAR

- Medic - P

- Scout-sniper - SR, P

- Driver x 2 - SAR, 1 x 1/4t LV, 1 x 5t truck

 

Rifle Platoon - 29 men - 6 x LMG, 10 x SMG, 12 x SAR, 7 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMg

- Medic - P

 

Rifle Section x 3 - 9 men - 2 x LMG, 3 x SMG, 4 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- LMG gunner x 2 - LMG, P

- Assistant x 2 - SAR

- SMG gunner x 2 - SMG - SMG gunner 1 is section 2inC

- Riflemen x 2 - SAR

 

Support Platoon - 32 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 3 x MG, 4 x ATW, 4 x SMG, 19 x SAR, 9 x P, 2 x 5t truck

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Radioman - SAR

- Driver - SAR, 5t truck

 

AT Section - 9 men - 4 x ATW, 1 x SMG, 4 x SAR, 4 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - SAR

 

MG Section - 10 men - 3 x MG, 1 x SMG, 6 x SAR, 3 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SAR

 

Mortar Section - 10 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 1 x SMG, 7 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - 82mm mortar, P

- Crewmen x 6 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, 5t truck

 

Total (1967/1969. org) - 123/127 ( 6/8 + 3 x 29 + 30/32 ) men - 3 x MG, 2 x 82mm mortar, 4 x ATW, 18 x LMG, 1 x SR, 37 x SMG, 54/58 x SAr, 32 x P, 0/1 x 1/4t LV, 0/3 x 5t truck

 

Note - whole 1969. company can be motorized, in which case there are 3 additional drivers and 3 additional 5t trucks attached to Co Hq.

 

Total (for a motorized 1969. org) - 130 ( 11 + 3 x 29 + 32 ) men - 3 x MG, 2 x 82mm mortar, 4 x ATW, 18 x LMG, 1 x SR, 37 x SMG, 61 x SAR, 32 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV, 6 x 5t truck

 

Whole Rifle Platoon loads into one truck. In the Support Platoon Plt Cmd, Radioman, AT and MG sections load into one 5t truck. One 5t truck at Co HQ is used for ammo transport.

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DP and MG34/42 means 2 rifle calibres.

Which is why DPs were removed to reserves. :)

General timeline of rearmament went something like this:

 

1945 - all sort of trophies, a lot of units were armed with Italian weapons, French weapons (MAS36 and MAC24/49 LMGs...), British weapons (Lee-Enfields, which Germans used to arm colaborator units and Brens that British delivered to both Chetniks and Partisans), or even older weapons like Maxim and Schwartzlose MGs.

1946-48 - removal of everything not in 7.9x57mm and 7.62x54R from the active use. A lot of Italian weapons went to Greek communists, Albania, Israel and Ethiopia. Additional quantities of ex-German weapons were acquired from Bulgaria (as reparations in 1947), Czechoslovakia (1947-48), France (1948-49), Norway (1950).

1948-54 - removal of 7.62x54R from the active service (in infantry use).

Ofc, a lot of non-standard weapons stayed in the reserves, in particular 7.62x54R weapons (since armored units used a lot of 7.62x54R and there was an ammo production going on), British Brens (since air force used .303). Brens (and Bulgarian ZB-39 reworked to .303) were in the air-force use for a long while in the Positions ald "Posadne" units (which I have posted previously). Other exotics ended in the various tertiary roles, like 8mm Breda MGs in coastal defense units.

 

SMGs were a more complicated thing, since there was a lack of those, but generally:

- "1st line" were PPSh and domestic M49, later M56

- "Substitutes" were Thompsons, Berettas, MP-40 (MP-40 stayed for a long in the mountain units and armored units due the foldable stock, until replaced by M56) and PPS (which were pretty rare and mostly used in the armored units).

- All other SMGs went to reserves pretty quickly, in about 1950-52.

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