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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, Athony Rogers' "Churchill's Folly" is a very good account.
The theoretical establishment of the Kustenjager-Abteilung "Brandenburg", from Randolf Kugler's article in "Schiff und Zeit":

Battalion HQ:
2 light MGs
1 s.Sturmboot 42
1 PiLdB 41
3 Kustenjager Companies, each:
2 light AA weapons
2 medium mortars
9 light MGs
2 s.Sturmboot 42
2 PiLdB 41
total strength 230 men
4th (Heavy) Company:
6 light AA weapons
14 light MGs
6 command boats (2 italian, 4 s.Sturmboot 42)
12 demolition boats

The 1st Company was involved in the Dodecanese. The equipment, apart from the boats, suggests a normal infantry company structure.
The fourth company was to be equipped with "Linse" explosive boats, but a lot of the equipment was not available when it was raised so a fair bit of improvisation took place.
The mention of "light AA weapons" (Fla-Waffen) rather than Fla-MG or FlaK suggests a certain liberty in choosing the guns. The KJ in Greece used Italian heavy MGs - there's a photo of one set up in Kalymnos - and later MG151 Drillings.

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