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Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)

Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
includes one Command M16 Rifle team, three Mortar sections each with two M29 81mm mortars with crew, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.

By 1952, the M1 81mm mortar which had served US armed forces during the Second World War and into the Korean War had been superseded by the M29 81mm mortar. The M29 offered an increase in range and portability due to a reduction in weight when compared to the older M1 (42kg vs. 62kg).

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Tour Of Duty
The Vietnam War defined a generation, whether it was through service in Vietnam or opposition to the war. The war in Vietnam remains one the bloodiest wars since the Second World War.

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Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705) This lighter design meant that crews could quickly move into position and set-up without much difficulty. The reduction in weight also meant the crew could carry a more abundant supply of ammunition into action with them and therefore increase the effectiveness of fire missions. The increase in range also allowed teams to engage targets at distances less susceptible to small arms fire.

ANZAC forces serving in Vietnam were armed with the American made M29 81mm mortar.

Designed by James Brown
Painted by James Brown

The M29 81mm Mortar Teams
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
The M29 81mm Mortar in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M29 81mm mortar
Man-packed
24"/60cm
2
2
3+
Minimum range 8"/20cm, Smoke.
Firing Bombardment
  48"/120cm
-
2
6
Smoke bombardment.
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Smoke
Sometimes your weapons won’t destroy the enemy quickly enough to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your own troops first. One way to protect your troops in the meanwhile is to fire smoke at the enemy to temporarily impair their vision.

Only weapons listed as having the Smoke attribute in their Arsenal may fire smoke. Some weapons can also fire Smoke Bombardments (see page 136 of the main rulebook).
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
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Smoke Bombardment
A smoke screen is created by firing shells filled with chemicals that burn quickly, giving off clouds of dense white smoke. Enormous amounts of these shells must be fired onto a small area to create a smoke screen large and dense enough to provide complete concealment for your troops. Impromptu smoke screens of the type called down by a commander during a battle, while still impressive and quite effective, are nowhere near as dense and complete and cannot be maintained indefinitely.


Only weapons listed as having the Smoke Bombardment attribute in their Arsenal listing may fire a Smoke Bombardment.
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705) Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
The ANZAC Mortar Platoon Ready To Warm Up The Tubes
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Contents of the Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) Blister Pack
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The Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling radio operator figure.
b. 1x Kneeling officer figure holding binoculars.
c. 1x Kneeling NCO figure pointing.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figures A, B and C to taste on the small three-hole base provided in the blister pack.
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)

The NCOs
Description of Components
a. 1x Standing NCO figure with Owen gun.
b. 1x Standing NCO figure with M16 and hand up.
c. 1x Kneeling NCO figure pointing.

Assembling The NCO Figures
The Mortar platoon is made up of three mortar sections, each section containing mortar teams. One team in each section must contain a NCO figure in order to correctly represent the unit.

M29 81mm Mortar & Crew
Description of Components
a. 5x Kneeling loader figures.
b. 5x Kneeling figures covering ears.
c. 5x Standling gunner figures.
d. 6x M29 81mm mortar sprues.

Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
Assembling The M29 81mm Mortar
Step 1. To assemble the M29 81mm mortar, simply attach the mortar bipod to the mortar tube as shown below. Below: The other piece on the mortar sprue is a ammo canister to be used on the bases with the mortar teams.
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Assembling The M29 81mm Mortar Teams
Each mortar section contains two mortar teams; each mortar team needs to consist of one M29 81mm mortar manned by a three-man crew. One mortar team in each section needs to contain one of the NCO figures and two other mortar crew figures. To model the other mortar team, simply replace the NCO figure with another mortar crew figure. The M29 81mm mortar teams are based using the medium four-hole bases included in the blister pack.
The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small three-hole base.
b. 6x Medium four-hole bases.
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)
ANZAC Infantry Painting Guide
Mortar Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN705)


Last Updated On Monday, May 13, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront