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Old 03-11-2017, 02:37 PM   #1
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plausibility check

I'm pulling out some old figs and assembling them lately. I dug out a BBI Red Parker. He's a US mortarman, and has a packboard to carry the dissembled pieces of the mortar. Box art shows all of it strapped to the board. Remembering some some of Eduardo's posts here, I question if that's even plausible, since I seem to recall the parts of the mortar (base, legs, tube) being divided among 3 men. If memory serves, that was a german team, but presumably the overall weight of these things would be similar.

What do you guys think?

Thanks, as always, for any info.
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Old 03-11-2017, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: plausibility check

Hi Squidley hope this helps this hardscrabble website is still my favorite for quick referencing ww2 procedures. It should give you a good idea on the men required and what each one would carry.
http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/ww2/60mm-demo.html
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:27 AM   #3
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Re: plausibility check

The mortar itself is a minimum 2 person load. One guy carries the baseplate, and another carries the tube and bipod.

The typical WW2 USGI mortar squad consisted of 5 men: a squad leader, gunner, assistant gunner, and two ammo bearers.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:00 PM   #4
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Re: plausibility check

Definitely a 2 person minimum. I would go with at least 3 but if you have the figs do up a team of 4-5 like Rogue mentions. The equipment spread over 3 guys. Ammo spread over 3-4 guys and a gun leader carrying some light equipment.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:00 PM   #5
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Re: plausibility check

Squid:

You didn't specify 60 or 81 Mike Mike. The above two posts are correct.

One man humps tube, base and legs for the 60.

One man humps the tube and another man the baseplate for the 81

In both cases the crew were composed of 5 men.

In my experience it seems that Uncle in his wisdom assigned the MOS of mortar man to the smallest men and the smallest of the small got to hump the base plate.

Great joy when the 'Old Man' has to catch the round sliding out the tube of an 81 because of a hang fire
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:34 AM   #6
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Re: plausibility check

Thanks for all the info guys. Think I'm going with the 2 man version for the mortar. Don't really have more than a couple rounds of ammo. Think the mortar is a 60, not an 81.
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:55 PM   #7
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Re: plausibility check

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Thanks for all the info guys. Think I'm going with the 2 man version for the mortar. Don't really have more than a couple rounds of ammo. Think the mortar is a 60, not an 81.
The mortar rounds came in and were transported in cardboard tubes. Make you a few of these, which is quite simple to increase your ammo loadout.

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