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This Ones For The Sarge12 Dec 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

I enjoy reading WW2 gaming scenarios, almost as much as playing them!

I greatly admire the research and preparation that goes into them but get frustrated why some writers provide only the barest of details about figure numbers. For example:

'Force A
Platoon Command (5 men)'

ok so far, I understand that 5 men represents the platoon command but the second line reads:

2 x Infantry Squad (12 men)'

Does this mean 2 squads of 12 men each ie totalling 24 men in total or 2 squads of 6 men or any other combination. See the dilemma where a 'squad' is not defined?

Incidentally, I know that an 'infantry squad' is a fairly loose term and can mean anything from a US rifle squad totalling 12 men or a German rifle squad totalling 11 men.

Any ideas?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 10:12 a.m. PST

Does the rest of the force description help put anything into context? Can you name the scenario source?

Rich Bliss12 Dec 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

I would take that to mean two squads with 12 men each

Stryderg12 Dec 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

Usually I play with what I've got. Most formations were never up to paper strength anyway. As long as it's close or reasonable, play the game and have fun.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 11:42 a.m. PST

You know about operations priority, right? The 12 men are a single thing (an "Infantry Squad"). You know this because the number is in parens. Multiply this by 2 = 24 men in 2 squads.

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