From: London, Surrey, United Kingdom
Thing is, a "squad" is a more or less arbitrary concept. To give an example from Niehorster, compare German and Polish rifle companies in 1939:
Both companies very clearly have nine rifle squads. But if you add up the men in the rifle squads, the German squad contains twelve men and the Polish squad nineteen
At the platoon level:
Polish platoon: 63
German platoon: 42
For me this translates into TOAW as
Polish platoon: 3 Rifle Squads, 2 light rifle squads, 1 AT Rifle
German platoon: 3 Rifle Squads, 1 50mm Mortar
This gives the Polish units a more realistic behaviour in TOAW, as they're able to hold a fixed position quite well with their large pool of manpower, but have little firepower. You could argue that the above actually gives the Poles too much firepower, especially as the BAR does not compare well with the MG34, and make it 5 light rifle squads for the Poles. This would give the platoon a total AP strength of 10 versus 12 for the German platoon.
< Message edited by golden delicious -- 7/23/2021 1:17:00 PM >
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