German MG-Bataillon in 1939

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German MG-Bataillon in 1939

Post by Piotr Kapuscinski » 03 Jan 2011 10:52

What was the exact strength (men, weaponry, vehicles) and structure of a German independent MG-Bataillon in 1939?

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Re: German MG-Bataillon in 1939

Post by Christoph Awender » 03 Jan 2011 11:16

Hello

The structure was:
Stab M.G.Btl.(mot) (KStN 120) with Inf.Kradschtz.Zug (KStN 146), Nachr.Zug (KSTN 243)
- 1.MG Kp/MG. Bat. (mot) (KStN 166)
- 2.MG Kp/MG. Bat. (mot) (KStN 166)
- 3.MG Kp/MG. Bat. (mot) (KStN 166)
- 4.Inf. Pz. Abw. Kp. (12 Gesch.) (mot Z) (KStN 184)

28 Offiziere, 3 Beamte, 181 Uffz., 783 Mannschaften, 104 Pkw, 78 Lkw, 187 Krad (78 mit Beiwg.)
347 Pistolen, 648 Gewehre, 7 le.M.G., 48 s.M.G., 12 3,7cm Pak

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Re: German MG-Bataillon in 1939

Post by Piotr Kapuscinski » 08 Jan 2011 00:43

Thanks very much Christoph!

Could you also precise what was the structure of MG company according to KStN 166? Because I found info (most probably wrong) that KStN 166 was "mixed motorized MG company" with HQ, two MG platoons (4 sMG each), one mortar platoon (6 sGW 8cm) and company's train. But this is the same as structure of MG company of 1st Wave Inf.Div. (MG company b) - KStN 151b - with the only difference being that such companies weren't motorized.

Probably such "mixed motorized MG companies" (with just 8 sMG but 6 sGW) were in LSSAH in 1939.

Lexikon der Wehrmacht says that several battalions had different structure than the one you presented above (three MG companies with only 3 MG platoons and 1 motorcycle platoon each - in total 12 sMG each; instead of Pz.Abw.Kp. one heavy company with 1 pioneer Zug, 1 leIG Zug, 1 Pz.Abw.Zug and 1 mortar Zug with 6 sGW 8cm):

http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Zus ... aillon.htm

Do you know which (if any) battalions had such a different structure and what was their strength?

Many thanks once again!

Best regards,
Peter

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Re: German MG-Bataillon in 1939

Post by nimbuss » 11 Jan 2011 21:08

And what about those "Truppenteile der Nummern über 30 (...), die aber mit 2-cm Flak ausgerüstet waren" (from Domen's LdW link) ???

Were these 2-cm Flak's an additional weapon to sMG or just instead of them?
Were these Flak's the Sd.Kfz.10/4 vehicles ? Or sth else ? Is KStN of these einheiten known?

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Re: German MG-Bataillon in 1939

Post by nimbuss » 12 Jan 2011 22:26

Well, I've found sth about that here:

http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Zus ... eilung.htm

It was not Sd.Kfz.10/4 but just Flak towed by Kfz.69.

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