Accession Number:

ADA167682

Title:

Antiarmor Company in the Armor Battalion.

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-12-02

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

This report evaluates whether or not the antiarmor companies of M-2 equipped mechanized infantry battalions should be given to armor battalions that fight pure. Without attached mechanized infantry, the pure armor battalion has no long range direct fire antitank systems unless it uses the M-3s in the scout platoon. The scout platoon missions are reconnaissance, security and movement control. The question of the best use of the antiarmor company was answered by testing armor and mechanized infantry battalions with and without antiarmor companies. the four force structures were evaluated on the ability to assist the withdrawal of the covering force and on defense of the main battle area. The research was conducted using the FIREFIGHT wargame on terrain boards duplicating conditions in the Federal Republic of Germany. Based on the observations of the eight engagements wargamed, the capabilities of antiarmor companies are maximized when companies are taken from mechanized infantry battalions and given to armor battalions that would otherwise have to fight pure. Keywords Force structure Antitank guided missile, and Weapon standoff.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE