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uglyfatbloke11 Oct 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

My better half uses Corgi vehicles for our Vietnam games (guess who got the bad guys) and has acquired 2 mortar carriers. I had assumed that these should be part of a mortar platoon rather than operating beside the M113 troop carriers, but I was told recently it was a fairly common practice for them to be deployed along side them…is that correct? It seems unlikely to me if only because surely the minimum range would be considerably more than would be useful at such close quarters…any thoughts?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 12:42 p.m. PST


uglyfatbloke11 Oct 2018 12:45 p.m. PST

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Oberlindes Sol LIC11 Oct 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

My understanding is that Vietnam-era US Army armored cavalry platoons normally included an M113 mortar carrier (which I think was designated the M106).

The armored cavalry platoon was almost a company-sized unit, with, if I recall my reading correctly, two tanks, two M113s each carrying a 10-man infantry squad, an M106, and an extra M113 with the platoon commander, forward observer, and some extra men.

ScoutJock12 Oct 2018 9:19 a.m. PST

M113 mounted mortars were common in the mortar platoons of US mech infantry battalions, armor battalions and in the fire support section of armored cavalry troops. The mortars could also be dismounted if the tactical situation required it.

The weapons platoons in the rifle companies had 3 M125s with 81mm mortars. The mortar platoons in the CSC of armor and mech battalions had 4 M106s with 4.2 mortars. Armored Cav troops had a single M106 in the fire support section.

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