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Evolution Of The Infantry Company In Yugoslavia 1945-1993


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Originally 8x54R Mannlicher. Conversion to .303 used Bren barrels and magazines since case head diameter is practically the same. Those bastards stayed "in use" (mostly storage) among the airfield protection troops, since AF had loads of .303.

 

Major rifle/MG calibers used after 1950s:

7.9x57mm

7.62x54R - used only in the tank MGs until 1985

30-06 - in use in armored units, tank MGs and M1 Garand rifles of the mechanized infantry in the '50s. Limited service, M1919s were converted to 7.9x57mm in late '50s and Garands retired (IIRC there was only 6000 of those). Unconverted infantry 1919s stayed in storage until end of Yugoslavia and saw sporadic use in Bosnia.

7.9x33mm - in use by paratroopers, main caliber until 1967. and aquisition of AKMS and RPKS for paratroopers as an intermediate armament until final standardization.

7.62x39mm - formally in use since 1961., but real widespread use from 1967.

.303 - stayed in the airfield defense role until late 1960s, was used in the prison service until early '80s. Also used by AF.

8mm Breda - stayed in use in the coastal forces, all 8mm Breda MGs were relegated to a coastal defense role where they stayed in reserves until 1991.

7.62x51mm - adopted by both police and army special forces for G3 SG1 sniper rifles.

5.56mm - used by army and police special forces

.30 Carbine - Paras used it in the '50s.

 

Pistol/SMG calibers:

 

7.62x25mm - most common one

.32 ACP - in use by various pistols used by higher ranks. Mass introduction to army service with the acquisition of vz.61 Skorpion in 1971.

.380 ACP - mostly police use and higher ranks pistols until (almost incidental) introduction of MAC-11 SMGs in 1969. Those saw both army and police use.

9x19mm - stayed in use in pistols until late '60s, MP-40 and Beretta SMGs until mid-60. Beretta were later used by the police until mid-70s. Saw re-introduction again when MP-5s were acquired (for both police and army) in 1977.

.45 ACP - 3rd most common pistol caliber until late 1960s, and common SMG caliber. Thompsons were used by the army until 1969. (mostly by the border guards after late '50s) when those were transferred to a territorial defense inventory. Police used them until 1992-93.

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1967./1969. Guards SMG Company - 1969. has integrated transport, 1967. has separate logistic section. 1969. org given:

 

Co HQ - 8 men - 7 x SMG, 1 x P, 1 x 1/4t light vehicle, 1 x 5t truck

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co 2inC/PO - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - SMG

- Medic - P

- Runner - SMG

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

 

SMG Platoon x 3 - 29 men - 6 x LMG, 22 x SMG, 7 x P

- Plt Cmd - SMG

- Medic - P

 

SMG Section x 3 - 9 men - 2 x LMG, 7 x SMG, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- LMG gunner x 2 - LMG, P

- Assistant x 2 - SMG

- SMG gunner x 4 - SMG - SMG gunner 1 is section 2inC

 

Total - 95 ( 8 + 3 x 29 ) men - 18 x LMG, 69 x SMG, 22 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV, 1 x 5t truck

 

Note - company can be fully motorized, in which case it has 3 additional drivers and 3 additional trucks at Co HQ.

 

Total (for a fully motorized company) - 98 ( 11 + 3 x 29 ) men - 18 x LMG, 72 x SMG, 22 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV, 4 x 5t truck

Whole SMG Platoon loads single truck. One truck transports company reserve ammo.

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1973. Guards Rifle Company - pretty similar to previous one, but SMGs were replaced by M70 ARs and LMGs with M72 SAWs

 

Co Hq - 8 men - 3 x AR, 1 x SR, 3 x SAR, 2 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV, 1 x 5t truck

- Co Cmd - AR

- Co 2inC/PO - AR

- Co Jr. Officer - AR

- Radioman - SAR

- Medic - P

- Scout-sniper - SR, P

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

 

Rifle Platoon x 3 - 29 men - 6 x SAW, 10 x AR, 12 x SAR, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - AR

- Medic - P

 

Rifle Section x 3 - 9 men - 2 x SAW, 3 x AR, 4 x SAR

- Section leader - AR

- SAW gunner x 2 - SAW

- SMG gunner x 2 - AR

- Riflemen x 4 - SAR

 

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

- Plt Cmd - AR

- Radioman - SAR

- Driver - SAR, 5t truck

 

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

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - SAR

 

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

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SAR

 

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

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner x 2 - 82mm mortar, P

- Crewmen x 6 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, 5t truck

 

Total - 127 ( 8 + 3 x 29 + 32 ) men - 3 x MG, 2 x 82mm mortar, 4 x ATW, 18 x SAW, 1 x SR, 37 x AR, 58 x SAR, 14 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer, 3 x 5t truck

 

Note - like 1969. org this company can also be fully motorized, with 3 additional drivers and 3 additional 5t trucks attached to Co Hq

 

Total (for a fully motorized variant) - 130 ( 11 + 3 x 29 + 32 ) men - 3 x MG, 2 x 82mm mortar, 4 x ATW, 18 x SAW, 1 x SR, 37 x AR, 61 x SAR, 14 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV/T, 6 x 5t truck.

Load plan is same as with 1969. org.

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1973. Guards SMG Company

 

Co HQ - 8 men - 7 x AR, 1 x P

- Co Cmd - AR

- Co 2inC/PO - AR

- Co Jr. Officer - AR

- Radioman - AR

- Medic - P

- Runner - AR

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

 

SMG Platoon x 3 - 29 men - 6 x SAW, 22 x AR, 1 x P

- Plt Cmd - AR

- Medic - P

 

SMG Section x 3 - 9 men - 2 x SAW, 7 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- SAW gunner x 2 - SAW

- SMG gunner x 6 - AR

 

Total - 95 ( 8 + 3 x 29 ) men - 18 x SAW, 69 x AR, 4 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV/t, 1 x 5t truck

 

Total (for a fully motorized version) - 98 ( 11 + 3 x 29 ) men - 18 x SAW, 72 x AR, 4 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV/t, 4 x 5t truck

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