KENTUCKY FREE STATE CAVALRY TROOP
Cavalry vehicle: V-300 with 90mm gun
Background: the “Bullets & Bluegrass” module states that every KFS Infantry Regiment includes a troop of cavalry, which is equipped with sixteen V300s. The following is an attempt to provide a standard TO&E for this unit. This is largely because KFS cavalry is the type of unit most likely to be encountered by the Morrow Project.
The KFS has never seen the need for a complex military doctrine, but it has always been clear on the role of the Cavalry. Each Infantry Regiment is assigned a Cavalry Troop – to provide a highly mobile, heavily armed, quick reaction force. Reconnaissance was originally secondary, but recent events have made it clear that the cavalry needs to expand its capabilities.
The official purpose of the Cavalry Troop is to support its parent Regiment by performing the following roles.
1. Reconnaissance and reporting of enemy positions.
2. Securing bridges and crossing points.
3. Flank protection .
4. Anti-Vehicle and Fire support.
5. Intelligence gathering.
6. Convoy protection.
In reality. the Cavalry Troop is the ‘911 unit’ for each Regiment – it is called out whenever there is a crisis. As a consequence, Cavalry Troops tend to be quite competent and experienced.
The Cavalry Troop consists of 190 personnel, organized into the following sub-units
Three Cavalry platoons. Each platoon is organized and equipped to conduct three primary missions–attack, defend, and move. It is also intended for reconnaissance and screening tasks. Platoons are commanded by a 1st lieutenant and consist of four KFS V-300 vehicles; each is armed with a 90mm main gun and usually carries a 4-man “Scout” section (see ‘Bullets & Bluegrass’ page 42).
A recent change in organization is that one V-300 (in each platoon) carries a full squad of ‘sappers’: 7 specialists trained as combat engineers. The sappers are led by a Staff Sergeant (E6) and are responsible for Engineering Recon, mobility and countermobility tasks.
These engineers can provide detailed obstacle intelligence, bypass/breach marking, and bridge classification. They can also conduct covert breaches or prepare command-detonated demolition for a breach effort at a later time.
Each Cavalry Platoon consists of four V-300 vehicles and the following personnel: 1 Officer, and 31 enlisted personnel. A total of 128 personnel.
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Two Surveillance Detachments: Sometimes the Troop needs to keep a target under observation – and these men are responsible for (stealthy and covert) surveillance. One of these detachments may be equipped with Ground Surveillance Radar (there is only one GSR for the entire Troop). Also. when the Cavalry Troop is on the offensive, these units provide the Troop Commander with a number of options – primarily to act as infantry that can be deployed without reducing his Scout assets. They can also perform other roles, anything from assisting the Medical Officer to acting as Military Police. There are no permanently assigned vehicles for the surveillance detachments, but they can be transported by V-300, pickup truck, or cargo truck, as necessary. They sometimes joke that they are the only “pedestrians” in the Troop. Each detachment/squad is led by a corporal and consists of 7 soldiers. A total of 14 personnel.
“Artillery” the Cavalry Troop has limited indirect-fire capability: two of the standard KFS 81mm mortars, each of which is mounted on a V-300 mortar carriers . The KFS manufactures a wide range of 81mm ammunition and the mortar may be the most versatile weapon available to the Troop Commander – it can fire everything from illumination rounds to propaganda shells (which deliver a cargo of leaflets).
Vehicle assets consist of the two V-300 mortar carriers and a pickup truck (for ammunition resupply). Each vehicle is commanded by a Sergeant and has 5 crew: A total of 13 personnel.
V-300 mortar carrier
The recovery/maintenance section is organized and equipped to diagnose and repair most equipment faults at Troop level. It has the capability to recover all Troop vehicles and to maintain the troop’s equipment records. The section consists of 18 enlisted soldiers equipped with one V-300 ARV, one pickup truck with cargo trailer, one mobile repair shop and two cargo trucks with cargo trailers.
KFS Pickup Truck
KFS Mobile Repair shop – on 2 1/2 ton Cargo Truck
The troop headquarters section is organized and equipped to perform command/control, medical and logistical support functions for the Troop. The section consists of 3 officers (one of whom is the Medical Officer) and 14 enlisted soldiers. It is equipped with one Command Vehicle V-300, one logistics V-300, one cargo truck with a 400-gallon water trailer, one fuel tanker, one ambulance (based on the KFS pickup – for the MO and his 2 assistants) and a pickup truck with cargo trailer. Total personnel: 17
KFS 2.5 ton cargo truck
KFS cargo truck fuel tanker