Questions about a WWII mortar platoon

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Marius, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Marius

    Marius Member

    Hello all,

    I am looking for information about an Allied mortar platoon during WWII.

    1. Number of man.
    2. Structure (Officers and other ranks).
    3. Number of mortars.
    4. Was this always the same for every unit/country?

    Looking forward to any reply.
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    What year?
     
  3. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    What size mortar?
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    From Bouchery 'The British Soldier from D Day to VE Day'; one slice of Mortar from one period/Army
    (With the usual caveat that this stuff confuses me silly, so I've quite possibly erred somewhere)

    Inf. Battalion - Support Co. - 3" Mortar Platoon. British 1944.
    1xSubaltern.
    41 WO & OR

    6 Mortars
    1 Revolver
    41 Enfields
    2 Brens
    4 PIATS

    3 Motorbikes, solo.
    3 15cwt 4x2 trucks.
    7 3.in Mortar Carriers.

    (I'm not clear if those carriers have additional mortars to the six mentioned above)
     
  5. Aixman

    Aixman WE addict

  6. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    The info that I have is roughly the same as what you have for an ordinary (not para, airlanding or motor) infantry battalion for 1944. Only six mortars - the carriers would not come with mortars included. I guess the seventh was FFW for the platoon commander (and also as a spare).

    Chris
     
  7. Marius

    Marius Member

    What year?
    1944/1945 (Europe)
     
  8. Marius

    Marius Member

    What size mortar?
    3 + 4.2
     
  9. Marius

    Marius Member

    From Bouchery 'The British Soldier from D Day to VE Day'; one slice of Mortar from one period/Army
    (With the usual caveat that this stuff confuses me silly, so I've quite possibly erred somewhere)

    Inf. Battalion - Support Co. - 3" Mortar Platoon. British 1944.
    1xSubaltern.
    41 WO & OR

    6 Mortars
    1 Revolver
    41 Enfields
    2 Brens
    4 PIATS

    3 Motorbikes, solo.
    3 15cwt 4x2 trucks.
    7 3.in Mortar Carriers.

    (I'm not clear if those carriers have additional mortars to the six mentioned above)

    Thanks for posting!!
     
  10. Marius

    Marius Member

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