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Do I remember reading somewhere that the minimum viable platoon strength was considered to be 13 (1 x Pl Comd, 2 x 6-man sections) althought that has zero capacity for absorbing casualties (so could presumably be used only for recce and defence)?
Yes, Sidney Jary says that in his book ’18 Platoon’. He also goes on to say that his platoon, though mentions that the ‘spare’ Bren would be held at Platoon HQ – presumably under the control of two men, and then there’s the 2-inch mortar and PIAT to consider… He also mentions that his platoon hardly every operated with three sections. If things got worse, companies would be reduced to two platoons (each of two sections) and then if it still got worse, companies would be amalgamated.
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