Mortar Platoon Details for ww2

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by Darth_stab, Mar 6, 2006.

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  1. Hello All,

    I am trying to understand how a mortar platoon was made up during ww2, things like:

    how many men in a team ( and roles )
    how many sections in a platoon
    Rank of Team and section commanders
    Hierachy of Mortar group
    Would Mortar group HQ direct fire or was it down the the sections/platoon comanders

    would be the same in an airborne unit ( Glider/Para )

    Any help would be gratefully received
     
  2. Thanks for the link cpl_ripper

    Gave me some answers especially as i looking at an Airborne Batt in 1944 ( see that thing had changed since 43 ).

    From what I read on the link there was 1 officer and 24 men with 6 tubes in a Platoon, which gives 4 men per tube.

    I know from order of battle that a platoon had 3 sections giving 8 men with 2 tubes.

    Would still like to know ranks for section commanders as I am unsure if a Sgt was a section commander or a cpl.
     
  3. 6 tubes...
    Barrels surely? I thought I'd get in first before you are deluged by angry mortarmen!