Best Squad Tactics of WW2




 
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April 1st, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 

Topic: Best Squad Tactics of WW2


Whose squad tactics worked the best in WW2? I think that the russian design was very crude and I think was the least effective. On the contrary I really like the german squad makeup of a 3 man MG-42 team for suppression and a 5 man assault team.
April 1st, 2005  
Corocotta
 
 
The one germany used to conqueor Polony. The "lighting war" with the stukas.
April 1st, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Uh, that's an army manouever, staurofilakes. Armies are much, MUCH bigger than squads.

The German model was a sound decision, Whispering Death, and infantry types here will no doubt tell you it was "borrowed" to some extent.
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April 1st, 2005  
Corocotta
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charge_7
Uh, that's an army manouever, staurofilakes. Armies are much, MUCH bigger than squads.

The German model was a sound decision, Whispering Death, and infantry types here will no doubt tell you it was "borrowed" to some extent.
okey, I do not know much about army tactics...Where is it borrowed from??
April 1st, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
I was talking about infantry tactics today borrowing from the German model (to various extents).
April 1st, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 

Topic: Re: Best Squad Tactics of WW2


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Originally Posted by Whispering Death
Whose squad tactics worked the best in WW2? I think that the russian design was very crude and I think was the least effective. On the contrary I really like the german squad makeup of a 3 man MG-42 team for suppression and a 5 man assault team.
I happen to agree and 2 things made the Wehrmacht squad particularly effective - the German NCO training and emphasis on taking the initiative and the MG-42 itself, one of the outstanding weapons of WW2. The efficiency of the German squad was one of the reasons why the Germans were very successful in utilising 'elastic defence', particularly on the Eastern Front after 1942.
April 1st, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
I got to go with the Marine Raiders Fire Team concept.
April 1st, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
Yeah, actually I don't know too much about how American's faught in WW2 outside of the basics of fix and flank. How where the marines organized at the squad level?
April 1st, 2005  
Zucchini
 
The USMC rifle squad changed throughout the war.

From what I can find, typical Iwo squad:

5 riflemen
1 BAR (I think they did anything they could to have more than one)
1 SMG (Thompson)
2 scouts

On Iwo it appears a typical infantry platoon was composed of 4 squads: 3 rifle and one assault. The assault squad featured flamethrowers. I think they probably had demolitions in all squads.

They had separate machine gun and mortar platoons.

The Marines took ground quickly by bypassing whatever they could get around with their rifle squads. That was the concept anyway: cut them off. When able, they left the taking out of hard targets to specialized units like engineers, weapons companies, and tank battalions. On Iwo they also had excellent air support, artillery support, and naval gunfire.

If I can find more stuff, I will add to this.
April 2nd, 2005  
Vitaly
 
Did the Army Rangers employ any kind of different squad composition than the regular infantry?