I was looking at creating French squads for Trench Hammer and am a little stumped. Two squads in a section were composed of:
1 Corporal, 1-2 “Auto Rifle Gunner” (I assume Chauchat guns), 2 Ammo suppliers, and 3 Rifle Grenadiers.
So my question is, rule-wise, would these count more as a Lewis Gun squad or a Rifle Grenade squad. Or a hybrid: Acts as a Lewis Gun unless it doesn’t move and then can fire as a Rifle Grenade but with 1d3 damage?
I’m leaning towards the hybrid option, but would like to know what you all think
Not that it gives me any authority, but I was one of the contributors to the rules.
I also only have a rough notion of French small unit organization, but I think this is their 1918 TOE, correct?
I would go with a hybrid, as the two Chauchat’s can keep up about the same amount of fire as a Lewis gun, and give them the Rifle Grenade stats as well, as the 3 VB launchers are about the same number as the 4 in a dedicated British Rifle Grenade Section from 1917. I would do exactly as you suggest and let the player pick how they will fire if the unit is stationary, ie. if they are in a trench, I may want to fire my rifle grenades since they do not have overhead cover.
I might reduce the number of hit points in the unit by one or something else to reflect the 1918 state of morale, or instead maybe reduce their effectiveness in assaults, to reflect their greater reliance on firepower. Any thoughts from the group on this? I’d love to hear from someone more knowledgeable.
JoziTinMan – Yes, I found a TOE online. I might go with reducing their assault value. When I found the TOE, my first thought was that French seemed to have given up on assaults and were emphasizing attacking the Germans from afar (not surprising given Verdun and the subsequent mutinies of ’17). And yes, I like the FT-17’s as well! I have a pair of 1/72 Hat/ArmourFast which is prime motivation (along with just seeing 1917).