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Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2022 2:45 p.m. PST

I have some left over 6mm Russian stuff and am thinking of building an Iraqi company or two. Thought I could engage the brain trust here.
Am guessing they would be organized along Russian lines.
For tanks I plan on using T 62s and 55s. For infantry rides Bmp 1s and BTR 60s.
Sound reasonable? Did the republican guard have other stuff like BMP 2s?
Thanks for your help.


Prince Alberts Revenge23 Nov 2022 7:18 p.m. PST

Without having my resources handy and just going by memory, the Iraqis followed Soviet organization. Regular brigades would have T-55, BTR, BMP and other ChiCom gear. T-62s were present in regular units as well.

As I recall, Republican Guard units had more of the T-72s, BMP-2s, etc.

If nobody else chimes in with more complete or accurate information, I will come back when I pull my books and have a look.

LORDGHEE24 Nov 2022 6:43 a.m. PST

The Iraqis used soviet equipment but British TOEs That is what I remember from a conversation with an intell officer in 1980.. I committed that i could not figure out the number of tanks in a unit they had to many and he stated that bit of information seems company had four platoons of 4 tanks and 2 command tanks 74 per battalion 4 companies 2 command

this from a 40 year old memory

Andrew LA24 Nov 2022 7:17 a.m. PST

GDW did incredibly detailed OBs for Desert Storm in the old Command Post Magazine from the 1990s. Issue 5 covers the Iraqis. There was a debate as to how the Iraqis organised their units – the GDW OB settled on the Soviet organisation for 1991 with 3 tank platoons and a total of 35 per tank battalion.

Republican Guards should have T72s and BMP1s and BMP2s

Normal Iraqi Armour/Mech Divisions could have T62, T55, T59 or T69 for MBTs and APCs are a real mixture and could be BTR152, BTR50, BTR60, EE11, OT62, OT64, Panhard M3, Walid, Chinese Type63/YW531

jekinder624 Nov 2022 9:58 a.m. PST

If you click on the link to "Wikimedia Commons" on the top right of the page linked below, it will take you to NTC pamphlet 100-91- The Iraqi Army. This was the US Army best guess on Iraqi organization in 1990.


Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 3:38 p.m. PST

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for all the info. Jk thanks for the link, that is great stuff. This is a great place to go for info. Plenty of smart people willing g to help. Thanks again.


Andrew LA24 Nov 2022 11:43 p.m. PST


GHQ also has some nice info for countries in the Modern era

Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2022 9:09 a.m. PST

That does have some good stuff, thanks!

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