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Wrt seven man sections, iirc I read somewhere in one of the many manuals that the minimum strength for a section to be effective was six men after which they’d have be amalgamated. So a two man gun group and a four man rifle group. Which was why so many rifle platoons would operate quite happily with 20 or so men, albeit without much tolerance for casualties.
As noted, motor platoons generally had small sections in any case.
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