Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 25 Aug 2012 21:01

Found the 1920s-1930s organizations
Early post WW1 organizations:

Early actual (1920s) - Platoon has 4 squads by 19 men each (Rifles only)

Planned (early 1930s):
Platoon has 2 LMG squads (9 men, 1 LMG - 1 squad leader, 4 men LMG team (1 LMG, 3 carbines), 4-5 men rifle team) and 3 assault squads (1 squad leader, 7-8 men) - total 1 platoon officer, 1 platoon NCO, 1 assistant platoon NCO, 5 squad leaders, 46 privates

Actual (early 1930s):
Platoon has 2 demi-platoons by 3 squads each (9 men - Rifles only)
No LMGs, HMGs - available at battalion level - per battalion - one company of 3 platoons with 2 HMGs each (so the HMG platoon has 1 platoon officer, 1 platoon NCO, 1 assistant platoon NCO, 2 HMG NCOs, 4 squad leaders, 40 privates)

1939 Infantry Platoon:
Platoon command (3-5 men), 3 squads (1 squad leader, 8 men assault team - rifles, 5 men LMG team - 1 LMG - so 14 men, 1 LMG per squad)

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by YAN » 31 Aug 2012 15:51

Thanks Dibo, I have nearly got all the TO&Es for the various Infantry Companies from around this period, the only country that has eluded me is Yugoslavia, there is no proper detailed breakdown of a Yugoslav Infantry Company from 1941 to be found anywhere, it’s the same with the Baltic nations, I have little on the Estonian and Latvian Infantry Companies, but I have some good info on Lithuanian Infantry Company.

Ian.

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 08:55

A bit more details (1939-1940 theoretical organization):

Infantry squad (theoretical):
Men - Squad Leader, Rifle Team (Team Leader, 7 Rifleman), LMG Team (Team Leader, Machine Gunner, Assistant MG, Ammo Carrier, Handler) - total of 14 men.
Ranks - Squad Leader is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер) or Podofitzer (Подофицер), Team Leaders of Rifle Team and LMG Team are Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер) or Efreytor (Ефрейтор). The Machine Gunner is usually an Efreytor (Ефрейтор). The rest are Rednik (Редник). N.B. - Rednik = Private, Efreytor = Corporal, Kandidat Podofitzer = Junior Sergeant, Podofitzer = Sergeant.
Equipment - 14 Backpacks, 14 Gas Masks, 14 Helmets, 1 binoculars and 1 Signal Flare (Squad Leader), 26 cartridge pouches (each 2 except Machin Gunner), 1 ammo bag (Machine Gunner), 1 set of MG parts (Assistant MG), 9 spades, 3 pickaxes (2 rifleman, Assistant MG), 2 hatchets (Squad Leader, LMG Team Leader).
Armament - 1 LMG, 1 pistol, 1 knife (all with Machine Gunner), 9 rifles (Squad Leader, all the Rifle Team), 4 carbines (the LMG team minus the Machine Gunner). In 1944-1945 the Squad leader could be armed with a SMG instead.

HMG Squad (theoretical):
Men - Squad Leader, Machine Gunner, Assistant MG, 3 Ammo Carrier, Water Carrier, 3 Handlers - total of 10 men.
Ranks - Squad Leader is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер) or Podofitzer (Подофицер), Machine Gunner is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер). The rest are Rednik (except the Assistant MG, who could be an Efreytor).
Equipment - 10 Backpacks, 10 Gas Masks, 10 Helmets, 1 binoculars (Squad Leader), 20 cartridge pouches (each 2), 1 ammo bag (Machine Gunner), 1 set of MG parts (Assistant MG), 6 spades, 1 pickaxe (Assistant MG), 1 hatchet (Squad Leader).
Armament - 1 HMG, 2 pistols (Machine gunner and Assistant Machine Gunner), 8 carbines (everyone minus machine gunner and assistant machine gunner)

Mortar Squad (theoretical):
Men - Squad Leader, Mortar Gunner, Assistant Mortar Gunner, 2 Loaders, 2 Ammo Carriers, 3 handlers - 10 men, 1 horse
Ranks - Squad Leader is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер) or Podofitzer (Подофицер), Mortar Gunner is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер). The rest are Rednik (except the Assistant Mortar Gunner, who could be an Efreytor).
Equipment - 10 Backpacks, 10 Gas Masks, 10 Helmets, 1 binoculars and 1 box of signal flares(Squad Leader), 20 cartridge pouches (each 2), 5 spades, 3 pickaxes.
Armament - 1 mortar, 7 carbines (minus mortar gunners and 1 of the Loaders)

Anti-tank Rifle Squad (theoretical):
Men - Squad Leader, ATR Gunner, Assistant ATR Gunner, 2 Loaders, 1 Ammo Carrier, 2 handlers - 8 men, 1 horse
Ranks - Squad Leader is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер) or Podofitzer (Подофицер), ATR Gunner is a Kandidat Podofitzer (Кандидат-подофицер) or Efreytor. The rest are Rednik (except the Assistant Mortar Gunner, who could be an Efreytor).
Equipment - 8 backpacks, 8 gas masks, 8 helmets, 1 binoculars and 1 box of signal flares(Squad Leader), 12 cartridge pouches (loaders and handlers each 2, rest 1 each), 1 mortar parts bag (Mortar gunner), 1 sights bag (Assistant MG), 6 spades, 2 pickaxes, 1 hatchet
Armament - 1 anti-tank rifle, 2 carbines (Loaders), 4 pistols and 4 knifes (Squad Leader, ATR Gunners, Ammo Carrier)
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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 09:16

Infantry Platoon - Command Squad, 3 x Infantry Squads (14 each, see above) - 49 men, 3 LMGs, 4 pistols (or 1-4 SMGs), 28 rifles, 12 carbines.

Command Squad of Infantry Platoon (theoretical):
Men - Platoon Leader, Platoon Podofizer, 2 observers, 3 message carriers - total of 7 men
Ranks - Platoon Leader is a Podporuchik (Подпоручик) or Poruchik (Поручик). Platoon Podofizer is a Podofitzer (Подофицер). The rest are Rednik or Efreytor.
Equipment - 6 backpacks, 1 commander bag, 12 cartridge pouches (2 each, minus the Platoon Leader), 7 helmets, 3 binoculars (Platoon Leader, Observers), 1 box of signal flares (Platoon Podofizer).
Armament - 1 rifle (Platoon Podofizer), 1 pistol and 1 sabre/knife (Platoon Leader). The Platoon Leader in 1940s often has a SMG as well.

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 10:27

Heavy Machine Gun Platoon (theoretical) - Command Squad, 2-3 HMG Groups (2 HMG squads each)

HMG Platoon Command Squad (theoretical):
Men - Platoon Leader, Platoon Podofizer , Platoon Assistant Podofizer, Observer, Range Finder, Message Carrier, Weapon Mechanic, Medic - 8 men
Ranks - Platoon Leader is a Podporuchik (Подпоручик) or Poruchik (Поручик). Platoon Podofitzer amd Platoon Assistant Podofitzer are Podofitzer (Подофицер). The Observer, Range Finder and Weapon Mechanic are Kandidat Podofitzer. The rest are Rednik or Efreytor.
Equipment - 1 commander bag, 7 backpacks, 8 gas masks, no helmets, 6 cartridge pouches (Platoon Podofitzer and Assistant Podofitzers, Message Carrier), 3 binoculars (Platoon Commander, Observer, Range Finder), 2 pickaxes, 3 spades
Armament - 3 carbines (Platoon Podofitzer and Assistant Podofitzer, Message Carrier) , 3 pistols (Platoon Leader, Observer, Range Finder)
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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 11:55

Mortar Platoon (theoretical) - Command Squad, 4 Mortar Squads, Supply troop

Mortar Platoon Command Squad (theoretical):
Men - Platoon Leader, Platoon Podofizer , Platoon Assistant Podofizer, 2 Observers, Range Finder, 2 Message Carriers, 4 communication operators (phone) - 12 men
Ranks - Platoon Leader is a Podporuchik (Подпоручик) or Poruchik (Поручик). Platoon Podofitzer amd Platoon Assistant Podofitzer are Podofitzer (Подофицер). The Observers, one of the phone operators and the Range Finder are Kandidat Podofitzer. The rest are Rednik or Efreytor.
Equipment - 1 commander bag, 11 backpacks, 12 gas masks, 12 helmets, 16 cartridge pouches (2 each minus Platoon Commander, Range Finder, 2 Observers), 5 binoculars (Platoon Commander, Platoon Podofizer, Platoon Assistant Podofitzer, 2 Observers), 1 Range Finder(Range finder), 3 pickaxes, 5 spades, 4 hatchets
Armament - 8 carbines (Platoon Podofitzer and Assistant Podofitzer, Message Carriers, Communication Operators) , 4 pistols and knifes (Platoon Leader, Observers, Range Finder)

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 13:59

Anti-Tank Rifles Platoon (theoretical) - Command Squad, 2 ATR Squads, supply troop

ATR Platoon Command Squad (theoretical):
Men - Platoon Leader, Platoon Podofizer , 2 Observers, Range Finder, 2 Message Carriers - 7 men
Ranks - Platoon Leader is a Podporuchik (Подпоручик) or Poruchik (Поручик). Platoon Podofitzer is Podofitzer (Подофицер). The Observers and the Range Finder are Kandidat Podofitzer. The rest are Rednik or Efreytor.
Equipment - 1 commander bag, 6 backpacks, 7 gas masks, 7 helmets, 10 cartridge pouches (2 each minus Platoon Commander, Range Finder), 3 binoculars (Platoon Commander, 2 Observers), 1 Range Finder(Range finder), 2 pickaxes, 4 spades, 1 hatchet
Armament - 5 carbines (Platoon Podofitzer, 2 observers, 2 message carriers), 1 pistol (Platoon Leader)

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 14:58

Communications Platoon (theoretical) - Platoon Leader (Pistol, Officer Bag, Helmet, Gas Mask, Signal Flags, Knife, Binocular), Platoon Podofitzer (Backpack, 2 cartridge pouches, Carbine, Spade, Helmet, Gas Mask), 1 Bicycle Squad, 1 Phone Squad, 1 Signals Squad.

Chemical Platoon (theoretical) - Platoon Leader, Platoon Podofitzer, Command Squad with AirMetric Team, 1 Chemical Recon Squad, 2 Cleaning Squads.

Chemical Platoon Command Squad (theoretical):
Men - Platoon Leader, Platoon Podofitzer, 2 Observers, 3 Messengers, 1 AirMetric team Leader, 2 AirMetrics, 1 handler - 11 men
Ranks - Platoon Leader is a Podporuchik or Poruchik, Platoon Podofitzer is a Podofitzer, the AirMetric Team Leader is a Kandidat-Podofitzer. The rest are Efreytor/Rednik.
Equipment - 2 chemical suits (Platoon Leader and Platoon Podofitzer), 1 Signal Flares Box (Platoon Podofitzer), 1 set of barometer, thermometer and humiditymeter, 1 commander bag, 10 backpacks, 10 gas masks, 10 helmets, 3 binnoculars (Platoon Leader, Observer, AirMetric Team Leader), 20 cartridge pouches (minus Platoon Leader), 5 spades, 2 hatchets, 3 pickaxes
Armament - 1 pistol and knife (Platoon Leader), 10 carbines

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Re: Bulgarian infantry platoons and squads

Post by dibo » 02 Jun 2022 16:45

Infantry Company - Command Squad, 3 Infantry Platoons, Supply Troop

Infantry Company Command Squad:
Men - Company Commander, Company Feldwebel (Фелдфебел), Chemical Podofitzer, Bugler, Drummer, 4 Messengers - 9 men
Ranks - Company Leader - Kapitan or Poruchik, Company Feldwebel - Feldwebel, Chemical Podofitzer - Podofitzer or Kandidat-Podofitzer. The rest are Efreytor and Rednik.
Armament - 3 pistols and knives/sabres - Company Leader, Feldwebel, Chemical Podofitzer, 4 carbines

Heavy Machine Guns Company - Command Squad, 3-4 HMG platoons, Supply Troop

Heavy Machine Guns Company command Squad:
Men - Company Commander, Company Feldwebel, Chemical Podofitzer, 2 Podofitzer Observer, 4 Messengers, 4 Phone Operators, 2 Handlers - 15 men
Armament - 4-5 pistols (Company Commander, Company Feldwebel, Observers), 10-11 Carbines.

Mortar Company - Command Squad, 3-4 Mortar Platoons, Supply Troop

Mortar company command squad:
Men - Company commander, Company Feldwebel, Chemical Podofitzer, 3 Observers, 5 Messengers, 5 phone operators - 16 men
Armament - 5 pistols (Company Commander, Company Feldwebel, Observers), 10 Carbines.

Anti-tank Rifles Company - Command Squad, 3-4 ATR Platoons, Supply Troop

ATR Company Command Squad:
Men - Company Commander, Company Feldwebel, Chemical Podofitzer, 1 Bugler/Observer, 3 Messengers - 7 men
Armament - 2 pistols, 5 carbines

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