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Old Jarhead Inactive Member29 Dec 2012 9:44 a.m. PST

I am interested in gaming the Haitian intervention, but unsure of source for 15mm Marines. Also how large was a USMC infantry company. Any assistance would be most welcone

Personal logo Mardaddy Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2012 10:27 a.m. PST

Knowing an inter-war period USMC Company strength would not help much, as this was an Expeditionary Company, and would have been flexible regarding strength and organization.

Everything I've read so far indicates an initial landing party of the 12th Marine Expeditionary Company, 330-340 Marines & Sailors, but the composition and smaller unit numbers are not specified, and that first landing was reinforced with landing parties from other vessels dispatched for that purpose on following days and weeks.

Despite an almost 20 year occupation, I am not finding a quick source I can link to for day-to-day operational strength for the period and locale.

Make sure you designate Smedley Butler and Dan Daly "hero" figures in there!

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2012 11:57 a.m. PST

I know you are looking at 15mm, but Brigade's likne is very nice in 28mm

Old Jarhead Inactive Member29 Dec 2012 1:09 p.m. PST


"Ole gimlet eye" will be there as well as "Chesty", "Hammering Hank" and " "Harry the Horse"

Old Jarhed

Dennis030229 Dec 2012 5:44 p.m. PST

A few years ago I found a 1920s copy of the landing party manual online. It had the TO+E for a Marine Rifle Company.Give it a Google it may turn up.


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2012 6:56 p.m. PST

As long as you're searching check out wiki under U. S. occupation of Haiti. There a really nice color illustration of three Marines that I've used as a painting guide.

After your investigation, please report back here with your findings.



GrumpyOldMan29 Dec 2012 10:48 p.m. PST


If you're looking at 15mm there are the 1941 Marines from Eureka which would fit in the later part of the occupation:-




Old Jarhead Inactive Member30 Dec 2012 2:44 p.m. PST


There is a copy of the 1920 Landing Force manual at, which can be read on line. According to the manual a landing force company of infantry or artillery, consists of 4 platoons. An infantry platoon has 6 squads and artillery platoon has four squads. At this time a marine infantry squad has 8 men. An infantry company had a total of 6 officers and 192 men, in addition 2 machine guns could be attached, as well as navy medical and signal personnel. Research into artillery companies continues.

Old Jarhead

Altius Inactive Member31 Dec 2012 9:59 a.m. PST

I hate to say this, but I don't think anyone does Marines for that period in 15mm. I think Minifigs has a few, but most are in helmets and overcoats. Blue Moon does WWI Americans but they are pretty big compared to 15s.

On the other hand, there are some great Marines wearing tropical gear in 28mm, although you probably don't want to hear that. I am using Brigade Games and Pulp Figures to do Marines in Nicaragua. Old Glory also has some that would work. And Brigade even does Haitian guerillas as well.

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