Sunday, June 5, 2011

All Present and Accounted For: U.S. Rifle Squad Completed

I finished my U.S. Rifle Squad yesterday afternoon. I think painting the figures in batches of four works nicely, breaking up the monotony of the process and giving a periodic feeling of "accomplishment" as each batch gets done.

The four new riflemen

The completed squad

With my basic American squad completed, I can now move on to their German adversaries. This will be the larger task (since to use Platoon Forward I'll need more enemy troops than friendlies), but I'll try to proceed logically, from the "foundation" up, starting with a German rifle squad or two, then moving on to MG teams,  then mortars, and finally any heavier weapons or vehicles.

Once my first German squad is done, I'll be able to start experimenting with various rule sets I might use in conjunction with Platoon Forward (PF governs the campaign only, and allows you to use any rules you like for fighting the battles themselves).

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Two Up, One Back

"The dominant (though not the only) tactical formation for the infantry in both attack and defense remained 'two up, one back.' This was a product of the triangular organization that the infantry used from platoon to division level. Triangular units had three main 'maneuver' elements (weapons units did not count as 'maneuver' elements). Rifle platoons had three squads; rifle companies three rifle platoons; battalions, three rifle companies; and so forth. This encouraged commanders to place two of their maneuver units forward while keeping back the third so that it could relieve or reinforce a frontline unit."

--John Sayen, U.S. Army Infantry Divisions 1944-45 (28)