reply to post by jessieg
After reading your posting I was curious what type of organizational composite would be used to only have four tanks and while it took me a while I
have to conclude that they could be headed anywhere, but if they are part of some operational plan, then those four could be used to cover a pretty
good area with three tanks and one serving as platoon leader positioning himself where best needed.
Then I wondered if perhaps foreign troops would organize the same and this is what I found.
In most modern tank army structures, the standard post WWII five tank platoon organization has been changed to either four or three vehicles per
platoon/troop. The original concept behind the five tank platoon was to have two separate fire and movement sections, with the platoon leader joining
one at will, as required by the combat situation.
The Israeli army, which has had substantial experience with tank warfare in the post WWII period, has shifted from five to four and finally three
tanks per basic platoon.
The German Bundeswehr tank units have shifted from four tanks in its platoons and 13 Leopard 2A4 tanks (4 tanks x 3 platoons + 1 command tank) per
company used under Army Structure 3, to its new 13 Leopard 2A6 company with only three tanks in each platoon (3 tanks x 4 platoons + 1 command
The basic Russian T-72/80/90 tank platoon is still their traditional three vehicle formation, however, there are reports of a new concept being
examined, under which a five AFV platoon will be established, with four tanks and a BMPT as the fifth vehicle.
The British army tank squadron has a 14 tank structure with four troops (platoons) of 3 Challenger II tanks and two tanks in the HQ section. These
four troop squadrons give the squadron leaders the choice of forming two-tank sections, although in some cases with the two tanks coming from
different platoons, without creating too much degradation in the squadron command structure, or leaving single tanks vulnerable, as might happen with
a three-tank by three platoon company.
After considering all of this I concluded that we may never know where they are going unless they are used in some manner in the near future whereby
we become aware of how and where such tanks are being used against either the population or perhaps against some smaller invading force that could be
near the border or in the Gulf States region.
I for one thank you for your report. When you begin seeing those tanks in larger numbers is when I would begin getting alarmed. Four tanks is not
enough for a revolutionary takeover, but they are enough to cause some read damage depending on who is the receiving party of their HE tank rounds.
Tanks are formidable and I for one would not want one aiming anywhere near me.
Thanks for the posting.