Weapons & Anti-tank Platoons
includes two Command M16 Rifle teams, one Mortar Section with two M2 60mm mortars & crew, one Machine-gun Section with two M60 LMG teams, one Anti-tank Section with two M20 Super Bazooka teams, one Anti-tank Platoon with two Anti-tank Sections each with two M18 57mm recoilless teams, two Small three-hole bases, six Small two-hole bases & four Medium four-hole bases.
The Army of the Republic of Vietnam retains the older style of organisation with its machine-guns, bazookas, and light mortars grouped into a company weapons platoon rather than being part of the rifle platoons.
The new M20 Super Bazooka is an updated 3.5-inch (89mm) version of the original 60mm Bazooka used in the Second World War. The increase in calibre gives it a significant increase in punch.
With just half the number of M79 grenade launchers and a third the number of machine-guns of an American company, the light mortars are an important component in the company’s firepower. They provide both a light artillery capability and operate as heavy grenade launchers to knock out VC machine-gun positions.
While originally conceived as an anti-tank weapon, the light-weight M18 57mm recoilless gun is more useful as a light infantry gun. Light enough to be carried by its crew, the M18 can be carried into the densest jungle or across flooded paddy fields, ready to knock out dug-in VC machine-gun teams and bunkers.
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