Then there are all the 'soft' factors.
Like, I read a very convincing argument a few years back that unlike most armies, the Germans tended to treat the rifle squad as a support system for the MG34/42 -- with happy results for its effectiveness. If everyone's lugging ammunition for the machine gun, then it has twice as much ammo, and can fire twice as much.
So I make ordinary German rifle squads heavy rifle. Not because the MG34 was so much better than the Bren -- because it was used better. For those two MG panzergrenadier sections, I use a 'Schutzen' squad I've dreamed up (5 AP, if I recall aright).
Conversely, the troops in question may have been too inept to do more than hold their ground -- or saddled with some unreliable weapon like old Lewis guns. Or chronically short of ammunition, or whatever. So even if an MG is technically present, I may make the squad light rifle.
At the other extreme, while I've never worked with the Japanese, I have the impression they were fanatically aggressive but prone to take extravagantly high casualties. So whatever the 'hard' TO&E, I might look at using 'Assault recon teams' or something for their squads. If I recall aright, much lower defensive value -- and hence losses should soar. If that's not the case, I might make it the case...
How many Nambus they actually had per platoon is a consideration, but not the only one.
< Message edited by ColinWright -- 5/17/2011 10:05:17 PM >
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