View Full Version : Question for RAF/US experts (light AA units)

04-06-2005, 05:15 AM
I've finished reading Bodenplatte - The Luftwaffe’s Last Hope - The Attack on Allied Airfields, New Year’s Day, 1945 (http://www.hikokiwarplanes.com/bodenplatte.htm) and I've been wondering about the actual strength of allied AA defenses. The authors kept talking about "RAF Regiment Squadrons" and "Battery A, AA Battallion XYZ", but I haven't been able to find a definite breakdown of such a unit. All I know is the equipment used - 0.303 Bren and 40mm Bofors for "RAF Regiment Squadron" and "M16 0.50cal Quad" plus 40mm Bofors for US light AAA. The question is - How many of these?

04-06-2005, 09:27 AM
Any time you deal with American combat units, you cannot depend upon the official assigned strength for desireable weapons. The only thing Hollywood war movies get consistantly right about our military is "the Scrounger". Every effective unit has more than one, and the wiser commanders rarely look too closely at their activities on the unit's behalf.

You'll need to use the official assigned complement as a starting point, and find the specific unit history to get a moderately accurate idea. As a rule of thumb, think 'assigned strength' + a sh!tload; half the cooks and maintenance guys in the unit were itching to pull the trigger themselves & could be counted on to volunteer to man any extra guns.



04-06-2005, 12:17 PM
I was more talking about a "standard" breakdown of the gun strength (meaning X 40mm Bofors and Y .303 Brens etc). It's not really necessary to have accurate numbers for each individual unit but rather the planned strength.

04-06-2005, 03:34 PM

What you are refering to as "scrounger" is known as a Scout. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif If you scour a military unit looking for a rare, hard to find, badly needed, in short supply, or even "non existant" item, check with the scout section first, you'll save yourself a lot of time.
Scouts have a way of "liberating" and hoarding such items. I wish I could tell you how I know this but I can't. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

csThor, I think what you are looking for is an OOB (organizational order of battle). It depends on what the parent unit is and what organic support is has plus whatever units are attached to it for the operation.

Happy Glocking,