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What is a Tank Sqn?

What is a Tank Sqn?

Postby Pedro » 08 Oct 2016

Hi

I do not know how often this crops up but on page 56 we are told that "For each Tank Squadron you may take 3 Support units". Logic dictates that it should actually read for each tank platoon (or indeed one support for each tank). One also assumes that StuGs count as Tanks.

Thanks in advance

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Re: What is a Tank Sqn?

Postby NTM » 08 Oct 2016

Yes refers to the Platoon but number of choices not always the same as number of tanks.
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Re: What is a Tank Sqn?

Postby Number4 » 08 May 2017

A tank sqn is English for Tank Company - usually of three 'Troops' (platoons), each four or five tanks. It's what happens when you give heavy equipment to people who would rather ride horses common foot soldiers have patoons and companies while horsey types have troops and platoons :grin:
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Re: What is a Tank Sqn?

Postby The Waxed Moustache » 10 Jul 2017

Number4 wrote:A tank sqn is English for Tank Company - usually of three 'Troops' (platoons), each four or five tanks.


In UK & Dominion forces, five troops of three for most tanks but four of four Shermans (or Cromwells in 7AD), one or two (later in 1944) being a Firefly. Each squadron also has a HQ troop of approximately 3 tanks, including a close support variant for Churchills and some Sherman units in Italy.

US cavalry units also used term squadron but US armoured units called them companies.
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Re: What is a Tank Sqn?

Postby Alanmccoubrey » 11 Jul 2017

The Waxed Moustache wrote:US cavalry units also used term squadron but US armoured units called them companies.


You are further confusing things by bringing up the US Cavalry, in WW2 a Cavalry Squadron was in fact the equivalent to a battalion. A US Armored Division had such a "Squadron" as its Recce Battalion and it was 935 men strong.
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