Monday, September 19, 2011
A Little Bit of Focus Pays Off
So now I need to turn my attention to a few HMG and mortar stands, and then I should have two full opposing infantry companies for Crossfire.
After that I can start thinking about some of the Armourfast tanks I have sitting on my to-do pile.
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)