German Infantry Section, Rifle Platoon and Rifle Company, 1937

German Infantry Section, Rifle Platoon and Rifle Company, 1937

The organization shown below is based on the Einheitsgruppe standard infantry section, the basic tactical formation of the infantry. The Einheitsgruppe consisted of a Gruppenführer section leader, and 12-14 men in two groups, a rifle group and a light machine gun group. Actual section strength depended on the company field strength. Wargamers may want to use a rifle stand and a light machine gun stand to represent the Einheitsgruppe in simulations games.

Schützenkompanie, 1937

  • Kompanieführer, company commander, P. 08 pistol
  • Kompanietrupp, company HQ section
    • Kompanietruppführer, HQ section leader, (Uffz./NCO), Gew. 98 rifle, wire cutters, binoculars, flare pistol, flare pouch, map pointer, map clipboard, marchcompass, coloured pencils.
    • Melder 1, messenger, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Melder 2, messenger, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Melder 3, messenger, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Spielmann, musician, Gew. 98 rifle, binoculars
    • Entfernungsmessmann, range finder, Gew. 98 rifle, rangefinder
    • Radfahrer, cyclist, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Pferdewärter, horse holder, Gew. 98 rifle, wire cutters
    • Standard equipment: Message/map case, message pad, pencil, eraser, flashlight, odometer, compass and watch.
    • Distributed equipment: 1 pair of climbing-irons, aerial recogniton panels, 2 sets of blinker-signal equipment.
  • 1. Schützenzug (47-53 all ranks)
    • Zugführer, platoon leader, P. 08 pistol
    • Zugtrupp, platoon HQ section
      • Melder 1, messenger, Gew. 98 rifle
      • Melder 2, messenger, Gew. 98 rifle
      • Melder 3, messenger, Gew. 98 rifle
      • Spielmann, musician, Gew. 98 rifle
      • Distributed Equipment: Flare pistol, bi-focal telescope, marchcompass, sunglasses, climbing-irons, drawing and writing utensils.
    • Gefechtswagen, horse drawn l.M.G. and munitions carrier
      • Unteroffizier für Waffen und Gasschutz, weapons and anti-gas technical NCO (1 per company, deployed with 1. Zug)
      • Fahrer, driver, Gew. 98 rifle
      • Schütze, rifleman, Gew. 98 rifle
    • 1. Schützengruppe, rifle section (13-15 all ranks)
      • Gruppenführer, section leader, Gew. 98 rifle, binoculars, message/map case, marchcompass, wire cutters.
      • Truppführer, squad leader, Gew. 98 rifle, binoculars, message/map case, small axe, tape measure.
      • M.G.-Trupp, LMG squad
        • l.M.G.-Schütze 1 (Richtschütze), machine gunner, M.G. 13 LMG, P. 08 pistol, folding pick, tool bag
        • l.M.G.-Schütze 2, P. 08 pistol, barrel protector, 2 bandoliers with magazine pouches, LMG carrier strap.
        • l.M.G.-Schütze 3, Gew. 98 rifle, shovel, 2 bandoleers with magazine pouches, LMG carrier strap.
        • l.M.G.-Schütze 4, P. 08 pistol, shovel, M.G. tripod, 2 bandoleers with magazine pouches, LMG carrier strap. (No. 4 of 2. and 3. Schützengruppe had no tripod for the section LMG, he carried more ammunition instead)
      • Schützentrupp, rifle squad
        • 7-9 Schützen, riflemen, Gew. 98 rifle
    • 2. Schützengruppe (as above, but l.M.G.-Schütze 4 without M.G. tripod)
    • 3. Schützengruppe (wie oben, but l.M.G.-Schütze 4 without M.G. tripod)
  • 2. Schützenzug, platoon, (3 MG and 1 M.G. tripod, as above, but no technical NCO)
  • 3. Schützenzug, platoon, (as 2. Schützenzug, plus one messenger (4), at platoon HQ)
  • Gefechtstross, field kitchen
    • Oberfeldwebel, company Sgt., Gew. 98 rifle
    • Waffenmeistergehilfe, assistant of the technical NCO, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Fahrer, driver, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Koch, cook, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Koch, cook, Gew. 98 rifle
  • Verpflegungstross, supply wagon
    • Fahrer, driver, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Verpflegungsmann, supply assistant, Gew. 98 rifle
  • Gepäcktross (mot.), baggage transport (motorized)
    • Rechnungsführer, accountant, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Fahrer, driver, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Handwerker, craftsman, Gew. 98 rifle
    • Handwerker, craftsman, Gew. 98 rifle
  • Sanitätsunteroffizier (Radfahrer), medical NCO (Cyclist)

Field kitchens were grouped at the battalion level, but detached companies took theirs with them. The company Sgt. normally remained with the field kitchens. Supply and baggage wagons were grouped at battalion, or the next level above it.

The Weapons and Anti-Gas NCO was in command of the horse drawn weapons carriers attached to the platoons in his company. After the LMG and ammunition had been unloaded, these wagons joined the supply and baggage wagons at battalion. Supply was coordinated there. If a company fought on its own, it brought the weapons carriers along.

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