Chain of Command late war Aufklarungs platoon

I’m painting up some Late War Germans.  I never thought I’d do this, but I’d like to have my own force to put up against my Americans.  For now, here’s the first squad I have done.

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I really need to get a better photo setup.  Everything shifts towards blue and color correcting with the tools on my machine doesn’t really make it better, just different.  When I do, I’ll rephotograph some stuff.

This is the first squad of what will be a platoon, and I’m sure that will be followed with some additional support.  It never ends of course.

I picked these guys because of the cool sturmartillerie wraps the recon platoons wore sometimes.  From my reading it looks like it was regulation to have them, but what was actually worn varied a lot.  So my platoon will be a mix of wraps, field uniforms, with a few zeltbahns too.  And, there will actually be a couple of camo smocks just because I don’t seem to be able to get enough variety without going to a few figs with those.

I’m using a table of organization from KStN 1114c(gp) from June 1, 1944.  This covers both panzergrenadiers and aufklarung units mounted in middle sized halftracks (SdKfz251s).  These guys are supposed to be from the 116th panzer who fought against the 90th US infantry division near Bourg St Leonard and those guys used 251s in the recon rather than 250s.  You can download the KStN from here if you’d like a copy for yourself: http://www.sturmpanzer.com/Default.aspx?tabindex=5&tabid=621&item=3&sec=1

So my Zug will look like this:

Senior leader (being the 1st Zug it will be an officer) with smg

Senior lleader with rifle

3 Gruppen each with:

Junior leader with smg

LMG team 1 with MG42 (2 crew) and a rifleman

LMG team 2 with MG 42 (2 crew) and two riflemen

The groups additional have a driver and assistant driver for each halftrack but they were supposed to stay with their vehicle so I’m not representing them.  I guess I’ll need 4 halftracks – a 251/17 command halftrack (no one makes this in 28mm now) and 3 251/1s.  You have to have everything you know!

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Each gruppe should have at least one panzerfaust available, but I’m not sure about how to handle panzerschrecks.   They weren’t part of the official list, but I’m not sure that means they weren’t there.  For now I’m inclined to treat them like a bazooka in a US force – you can detail a couple of guys out to form a team.  It will be an interesting tradeoff to set aside two guys making a squad even more fragile in favor of getting something that can kill any tank it sees.

Given that, what should the force rating for these guys be?  Using the CoC official calculator that Rich has posted in the TFL forum (hopefully this link will get you to the right place: http://toofatlardies.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1058&p=11307#p11307), I make the rating out to be 2 (from adding in a fudge factor for detailing out the shreck).

I’m not sure whether they really should have a second senior leader, the guy with the carbine.  He’s on the chart, but I don’t know whether he stayed with the vehicles or not.

Anyway, that’s where I’m heading and you can see the first gruppe I’ve produced has 8 guys counting the junior leader.  Hopefully I’ll have time this summer to get the rest of them done.  The figures are by Artizan and I absolutely love them.

 

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2 thoughts on “Chain of Command late war Aufklarungs platoon

  1. Richard Naylor

    Hi,

    It might be worth looking at the 1943 version of the KSTN for an idea of how to allocate the Panzershreaks (see http://www.wwiidaybyday.com/kstn/kstn1114cgp1nov43.htm).

    Regarding the Sdkfz 251/17 I have the issue records from August ’44 and there’s none allocated to the 116th Panzer so they may well have used Sdkfz 251/1 or /10 instead. I do have a unit report from December ’44 that might be of use as it breaks down the versions in the Division:

    • PGRgt. 60 of the 116.PD
    251/1=33
    251/2=9
    251/3=11
    251/7=6
    251/8=1
    251/9=9
    251/11=2
    251/16=6
    251/21=6
    Total=83

    Cheers
    Richard

    Reply
    1. wssguy1706 Post author

      Thanks Richard. I was going with /17s based on the writeup in Scouts Out! But I don’t know what his source for that was. Certainly using a /1 or /10 would be easier since there are models available!

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