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Re: [GZG] [DS] A real world battlegroup

From: Ground Zero Games <jon@g...>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 16:49:46 +0100
Subject: Re: [GZG] [DS] A real world battlegroup

Gzg-l mailing list>I have just been
reading "Dusty Warriors" by Richard Holmes which 
>describes the actions of 1st Battaltion Princess Of Wales Royal 
>Regiment in Al Amarah in 2004. One aspect that might be interesting 
>to the dirtside players on the list is the difference between their 
>theoretical Table of Organistion and Equipment and the one they 
>actually fought with.
>1 PWRR is an armoured role infantry battalion so their theoretical 
>TO&E is something like this:
>Signals Platoon
>Light Aid Detachment
>Intelligence Platoon
>Medical Section
>3 armoured infantry companies (A, B and C) each with:
>2 warriors (command variant)
>2 warriors (for the REME section)
>3 FV432 tracked APCs (1 for the REME, 1 for the CSM, 1 as an ambulance)
>3 platoons each of 4 warriors
>A support company (Y) with:
>6x81mm mortar
>6 MILAN firing posts
>Reconnaissance platoon (8 Sabre CVR(T))
>Sniper platoon
>When the battalion deployed to Iraq;the following changes were made:
>A Company was detached as the brigade reserve.
>B Company was detached to another battlegroup.
>A company of 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers was attached equipped with 13 
>Saxon wheeled APCs.
>A squadron of the Queen's Royal Lancers was attached equipped with 
>14 Challenger 2 MBTs.
>1 platoon of the Lowland Regiment attached to Y Company equipped 
>with armoured land rovers.
>K battery Royal Horse Artillery (mortar location radar) was attached.
>For those of you who are not familiar with current British army 
>equipment a Warrior is a tracked infantry fighting vehicle with a 
>30mm cannon and a 7.62mm coax MG. Each Warrior has a driver, a 
>gunner, a commander and 7 infantry dismounts. A Sabre is effectively 
>a tracked armoured car "Combat Vehicle Reconnaisance (Tracked)" with 
>a 30mm cannon and a 7.62mm coax MG. An FV432 is effectively a box on 
>tracks similar to an M113. Challenger 2 is the current main British 
>Army tank equipped with a 120mm gun. A Saxon is a wheeled APC with 
>enough armour to keep out splinters based on truck parts.

The Iraqis were firing exploding truck parts....??!?
(Just had to get that one in before anyone else did.....)   ;-)

Seriously, very useful stuff - thanks Chris!

Jon (GZG)

>All of which shows that you can justify just about any combination 
>of kit and call it a mission tailored battle group although I find 
>that I like to have some basic idea of the kind of resources the 
>base of the battle group has as well as what the next level up can 
>provide as support.
>Of course this is a pretty asymetrical conflict with the opposition 
>equipped basically as light infantry with RPGs, AKs and Mortars, on 
>the other hand one of the C Company Warrior drivers was Johnson 
>Beharry - who got the VC.
>Chris Downes-Ward
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