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Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705) Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
includes one Command M16 Rifle team, two Mortar sections each with two M29 81mm mortars with crew, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.

The battalion mortar platoon fields the new M29 81mm mortar. This is an improved version of the old WWII-era M1 81mm mortar with longer range. Perhaps as important to the crew, it was also 15 lb (7 kg) lighter than the older model.

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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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Tour Of Duty
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
The platoon landed as part of D Company at Ia Drang and provided essential quick-reaction fire support throughout the battle. Their timely fire helped break up Vietnamese attacks on the rifle companies defending the perimeter.

Designed by Anton Ducrot
Painted by James Brown & Jeremy Painter

The M29 81mm Mortar Teams
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705) Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
The M29 81mm Mortar in Flames Of War Vietnam
Mobility Range
M29 81mm mortar
Minimum range 8"/20cm, Smoke.
Firing Bombardment
Smoke bombardment.
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
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 (Airmobile) (VUS705) Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
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.
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The Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) Ready To Warm Up The Tubes
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
Contents of the Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) Blister Pack
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The Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling rifleman figure aiming M16.
b. 1x Standing NCO figure with arm raised.
1x Standing officer figure holding map.

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 (Airmobile) (VUS705)
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705) The NCOs
Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling NCO figure with hand raised.
b. 1x Standing NCO figure with hand up.

Assembling The NCO Figures
The Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) Platoon is made up of two Mortar Section; each of these sections has two M29 81mm mortar teams. To correctly represent each mortar section, one team in each section needs to contain a NCO figure as parts of the three-man crew.
The M29 81mm Mortar Teams
Description of Components
a. 2x Kneeling figures with hand raised.
b. 4x Kneeling
gunner figures holding mortar projectile.
c. 4x Kneeling loader figures holding mortar projectile.
4x M29 81mm mortar sprues.
Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)
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
The 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 one of each of the gunner figures (figure B) and the loader figures (figure C). To model the other mortar team, simply replace the NCO figure with figure A . 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. 4x Medium four-hole bases.
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Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705)

Last Updated On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront