British Royal Marine Commando, 1944

Alternate Unit Organisation for Crossfire Rules

Royal Marine Commando Britannico 1942-1945

A Royal Marine Commando Section based for Crossfire Rules designed by Arty Conliffe. The Commando section consists of seven Crossfire stands: Platoon Commander, two Bren Groups, two Rifle Groups, Sniper, and a 2" Mortar Team. Crossfire Rules normally convert one infantry section into one infantry stand for gaming purposes. However, the British Commandos were much better articulated than regular infantry, which is why we use fire teams or half squads to recreate them. Doing so, gives our Commando Troop of 60 men approximately the same number of figure stands as a whole company of regular infantry. The Commandos were well trained and officered, and they should be more than a match for the rear echelon and garrison troops they often encountered on their raids. Suitable Marine Commando Figures may be converted from Airfix, ESCI and Revell British Paratroopers wearing the Marine Commando Denison Smock and the regular British M.1916 steel helmet.

Royal Marine Commando Troop 1944

  • Troop Headquarters:
    • CC +2 - Company Commander
  • No. 1 Section:
    • PC +2 - Platoon Commander/Hero
    • Assault Sub-Section
      • Rifle Group
      • Bren Group
    • No. 2 Sub-Section
      • Rifle Group
      • Bren Group
    • Support Sub-Section
      • 2" mortar team
      • Sniper with rifle, and telescopic sights
  • No. 2 Section:
    • PC +1 - Platoon Commander/Hero
    • Assault Sub-Section, same as above
    • No. 2 Sub-Section, same as above
    • Support Sub-Section, same as above

Rifle groups may be converted to SMG groups in certain scenarios. Bren groups fire with 3 dice. Some Bren groups were equipped with two Bren LMGs in which case they may fire with 4 dice. Each Commando section is considered a platoon for command control purposes. One Captain, two Lieutenants, the RSM, two Sergeants, and three orderlies may be used to fill the CC stand and the two PC/Hero positions.

Royal Marine Heavy Weapons Troop 1944

  • Troop Headquarters: (may be mounted in Jeeps)
    • CC +1 - Company Commander
  • 3" Mortar Section: (may be mounted in Jeeps)
    • 3" mortar team
    • Forward Observer
    • 3" mortar team
    • Forward Observer
  • Machine Gun Section: (may be mounted in Jeeps)
    • .303 Vickers MG team
    • .303 Vickers MG team

Royal Marine Commando stands have Special Unit command control, they may move independently from a PC.

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