INFANTRY DIVISION


TO&E  7G INFANTRY DIVISION


 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Division = 3 Brigades
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Brigade = 3 Battalions
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Battalion = 3 Companies
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Company = 3 Platoons
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Platoon = 3 Squads

 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes) Total Strength = 18,500 personnel (slightly over 50% of this total is comprised of personnel in the divisional base)
 

 

The divisional base comprised the following :    HQ and HQ Company, MP Company, Engineer Battalion, Signals Battalion, Armoured Cavalry Squadron, Divisional Artillery, Support Command, 3 x Brigade HQ and HQ Companies and an Aviation Battalion.

 


TOE 7-15G INFANTRY BATTALION

 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   37 Officers
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   2 Warrant Officers
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   810 Enlisted men

 

INFANTRY BATTALION

BATTHQonBLACK.gif (503 bytes)
BAR6onBLACK.gif (173 bytes) BAR3onBLACK.gif (195 bytes) BAR4onBLACK.gif (173 bytes)

 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Battalion HQ and HQ   Company (19 Officers, 2 Warrant Officers, 285 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Rifle Company (6 Officers, 175 Enlisted)

 

Contained within the HQ and HQ Company were the following units : Ground Surveillance Section, Recon Platoon, Communications Platoon, Anti-tank Platoon, , Heavy Mortar Platoon, Support Platoon, Maintenance Platoon, Medical Platoon and Air Control Team.

RIFLE COMPANY

BAR6onBLACK.gif (173 bytes) BAR3onBLACK.gif (195 bytes) BAR4onBLACK.gif (173 bytes)
WEAPONSonBLACK.gif (602 bytes)

 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Company HQ (2 Officers, 10 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Weapons Platoon (1 Officer, 35 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Rifle Platoon (1 Officer, 43 Enlisted)

RIFLE PLATOON

BAR6onBLACK.gif (173 bytes) BAR3onBLACK.gif (195 bytes) BAR4onBLACK.gif (173 bytes)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Platoon HQ (1 Officer, 2 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Rifle Squad (10 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Weapons Squad (11 Enlisted)

WEAPONS PLATOON

BAR6onBLACK.gif (173 bytes) BAR4onBLACK.gif (173 bytes)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Platoon HQ (1 Officer, 35 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Mortar Section (24 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Anti-tank Section (9 Enlisted)

MORTAR SECTION

BAR6onBLACK.gif (173 bytes) BAR3onBLACK.gif (195 bytes) BAR4onBLACK.gif (173 bytes)

 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Section HQ (9 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Mortar Squad (5 Enlisted, 1 x 81mm Mortar)

ANTI-TANK SECTION

BAR6onBLACK.gif (173 bytes) BAR4onBLACK.gif (173 bytes)

 

Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Section HQ (9 Enlisted)
Clss14a1_3.gif (122 bytes)   Antitank Squad (4 Enlisted, 1 x 106mm Recoilless Rifle)

 

NOTES

US Infantry Divisions serving in Vietnam were usually much larger than this TOE suggests. The heavy weapons of the Weapon Platoons were not required in the field since prodigious fire support was provided by USAF Tac Air, Helicopter Aerial Artillery and standard Artillery formations.

As a consequence it was usual for a fourth Rifle Company to be added to the Battalion so that battalion strength was an HQ and HQ Company of 15 Officers, 2 Warrant Officers and 147 Enlisted men; four Rifle Company's with 6 Officers and 158 Enlisted men; and a Combat Support Company with 4 Officers and 96 Enlisted men.

This organisation was much better suited to the role of the Division in Vietnam where the 'light infantryman' was required for widespread patrolling and rapid airmobile operations.

Following from this it was usual for the Brigade to add a fourth battalion.


SOURCES:

The US Army in Vietnam, Leroy Thompson, David & Charles Publishers PLC, ISBN 0-7153-9219-0
The Rise & Fall of an American Army, Shelby Stanton, Spa Books Ltd.,
ISBN    0-907590-26-8

Vietnam Order of Battle, Shelby Stanton, US news Books, ISBN 0-89193-700-5


 

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