mussey -> RE: Next War 1979 - Expanded (Beta 1.0) play testers needed (3/5/2019 2:44:29 PM)
Thought I'd take the opportunity to point out a few problem areas with the disposition of M60A2 tanks in the U.S. TO&E/OOB.
During this time period, these tanks were assigned on the basis of 51 each to Mech Infantry Divisions, and 108 each to Armored Divisions (all under the "H" Series TO&E's). This really applied to 7th Army (USAEUR) for the most part. The was only one battalion in CONUS.
The breakdown went like this:
V Corps, 3rd AD, 1st Brigade (3-33 Armor) 54 tanks
V Corps, 3rd AD, 3rd Brigade (1-32 Armor) 54 tanks
V Corps, 8th ID Mech, 1st Brigade (Co C, 4-69 Armor) 17 tanks
V Corps, 8th ID Mech, 2nd Brigade (Co C, 2-68 Armor) 17 tanks
V Corps, 8th ID Mech, 3rd Brigade (Co C, 5-68 Armor) 17 Tanks
VII Corps, 1st AD, 1st Brigade (1-37 Armor) 54 tanks
VII Corps, 1st AD, 3rd Brigade (3-35 Armor) 54 tanks
VII Corps, 3rd ID Mech, 1st Brigade (Co C, 2-64 Armor) 17 tanks
VII Corps, 3rd ID Mech, 1st Brigade (Co C, 3-64 Armor) 17 tanks
VII Corps, 3rd ID Mech, 2nd Brigade (Co C, 1-64 Armor) 17 tanks
III Corps, 2nd AD, 1st Brigade, (1-67 Armor) 54 tanks
Why Mech Divisions didn't operate the M60A2 in "pure" battalions like the Armored Divisions did was a mystery at the time, and remains one (to me at least) to this day.
2nd AD at Ft. Hood only had the one battalion noted above, and only two brigades of the Division were located there. The Division's 3rd Brigade would have been "Brigade 75" which was stationed in packets at Grafenwohr, Hohenfels, and Wildflecken. It was later moved to Garlstedt, and formally re-flagged as 2nd AD Forward, but that is outside of the scenario time frame anyway. Brigade 75 had no M60A2's assigned.
At the time the scenario takes place, I was a member of 3-33 Armor, and trust me, the M60A2 was a complete maintenance nightmare with very low reliability when it came to it's main gun/launcher. For that matter, so was the M551 Sheridan that Cav units had in the same time period.
Hope this is of some use to you.
PZ, thanks for the feedback. Good info. The M60A2 Starship made the cut and is in the orbats. Let me know if you find any more info.