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Subject: TO&E for 1981 US Mech Infantry Bn? rss

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Darren Breidigan
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Pre Bradley with M901's?

Working on an earlier time for Fire Team, I have found
some references, all rather vague.

Anyone know an official source?
 
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Could try Armies of NATO's Central Front.

Expensive if you don't already own it though.

Good Hunting.

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I know this an old thread but just picked up a copy of Fire Team for peanuts on Ebay and was snoopin' around the page here. I was mech infantry in the mid-late 80's and can tell you what our pre-Bradley TO&E looked like. 4 infantry companies and 1 HQ company. HQ company had a mortar platoon with six 4-deuces, AT platoon with six M-901s, scout platoon w/113's (6 as well- I think). All inf companies were 3 platoons with 4 tracks each- 3 with 9 man dismount squads and one with the platoon sgt., RTOs, medic. Platoon leader led the dismounts, PSGT stayed with the tracks. 2 man crew per track. Company HQ had a track for CO and XO with jeeps and 2 1/2 ton trucks for 1Sgt, supply sgt. (later Hummers instead of jeeps). We often had a Stinger guy or two attached as well as a FIST track for arty support. Ambulance tracks at BN as well but I don't recall the number/setup. We were often cross teamed with M-60 tank, combat engineer, Vulcan 20mm AA units. Saw a few Chaparrals but they were never attached direct to us- Bde or Div. That's the way it was at A 1-12 Inf. 4th ID in the mid-80's anyway. Went to light and airborne units after my time there and never saw tracks again.
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Mike:

Thanks very much for that info: very enlightening. I appreciate that you took the time to add some info to this discussion. You pretty much cut right to the heart of the original poster's question -- at least for M113-equipped battalions.

Have you had the chance to play the game yet? I think it is quite good . . .




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david goodwin
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I worked for Emerson Electric that developed both the m-901 and the m-981 fistv. They were too slow to be mixed with the m-1/2/3s. I was a system engineer for these vehicles. The platoon consisted of 5 vehicles before division 1986 structure and had 4 vehicles after, from what i was told at that time.
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davidrgoodwin1 wrote:
I worked for Emerson Electric that developed both the m-901 and the m-981 fistv. They were too slow to be mixed with the m-1/2/3s. I was a system engineer for these vehicles. The platoon consisted of 5 vehicles before division 1986 structure and had 4 vehicles after, from what i was told at that time.


So it's all your fault...

I was a vehicle and turret mechanic in the early 80s in a mech infantry unit in Germany.

Later when I joined the National Guard, I worked on the Fist-V's in
an artillery unit.

When my unit first got the 901's we had a huge problem as they left all of the driver hatches pointing straight up , all got banged up pretty good going under bridges.

Thanks for the info, I couldn't find the TO&E for those years.
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