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Inconceivable11 Jan 2022 11:32 a.m. PST

Recently played our first game of Charlie Co. A question came up of how a squad at the end of a firing line got word to the platoon commander of the need for a medic or any other kind of assistance. Runners? Extra radios?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Jan 2022 11:54 a.m. PST

Basically the same as WW-II.

Some units might have had Squad radios, I suspect few and far between or of limited range.

C2 range is usually how far the leader can yell

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 12:03 p.m. PST

Yelling, hand and arm signals, PRC-25, a BFR ( Big freaking Rock)

Wolfhag11 Jan 2022 12:37 p.m. PST

Our CO had a flare pistol to fire star shells.


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Jan 2022 1:06 p.m. PST

or colored smoke

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 2:43 p.m. PST

Smoke and flares were used to communicate between squads in the same platoon?

Wolfhag11 Jan 2022 6:40 p.m. PST

Only our CO had the flare gun. He used star shells for signalling for FPF, changing formations, movement, lifting suppressive fire, signalling choppers and things like that.

Platoons normally operated pretty close together depending on terrain within vocal or visual range.


raylev3 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2022 9:09 p.m. PST

In a fixed position they might have wire. But the majority of the time it was the platoon leader going from squad to squad.

Major Mike12 Jan 2022 6:55 a.m. PST

The squad radio, if it was present and if it worked was available starting in 67. Most of the time it was hand and arm signals, face to face instructions or sent by runner. link

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2022 7:21 a.m. PST

Cup your hands over your mouth and holler for amplification.

That or wave really hard.

Inconceivable12 Jan 2022 11:32 a.m. PST

Thanks all for the help.

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