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KENTUCKY FREE STATE CAVALRY TROOP

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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.

7. Counter-Reconnaissance

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.

(see also this link)

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.

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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.
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KFS Pickup Truck

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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

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Ambulance

KFS 2.5 ton cargo truck
KFS 2.5 ton cargo truck

KFS cargo truck fuel tanker
KFS cargo truck fuel tanker

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  1. T.J. McFadden
    May 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    A lot of good ideas here, but in the module as written, most of them would have to be filed under the “KFS Army Wishlist” category- remember, we’re dealing with a nation with a limited industrial capacity. Heavy vehicles are very nearly hand made because of a very slow production rate and a very limited budget. The founders of the Free State wanted a weak central government with very limited powers of taxation and regulation- which is fine if you’re a businessman, not so good if you’re engaged in a non-profit generating state enterprise like defense, education or public health.
    As written, Free State units don’t go into the field much. When they do, a lot of them use trailers, even on AFV’s, to augment their supply carrying capacity. Troops routinely march everywhere. The regimental “motor pool” are the 16 deuce and a halfs assigned to cannon company, which spend more time shuttling around equipment and supplies than they do with their own company.
    Now, if there’s a radical change in the leadership of the Free State, perhaps even a major change in the structure of the government, i’m sure the army would be quick to dust off these plans and get as much stuff made up as they could.

  2. Matt Williams
    June 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Point taken, but the Cavalry Troop does seem to be the unit most in need of high-speed and high-mobility supply/logistics vehicles (like pickup trucks).

    Most of the KFS Army will probably be relying on horse-drawn transport
    [Although the propaganda will not mention this – but will highlight the Cavalry’s capabilities)

  3. December 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Same Notes as above. Really great write up but the KFS is just not that well thought out on the military side.

    They have had no one to fight for 150 years so there are pretty much “NOT” a standard US Army org chart. They are on the cheap so if you have a choice of Fast and Costly or Slow and Cheap, Its Slow and Cheap.

    I am making a campaign for my team Called “Into the heart of Darkness” That they take an MP SWIFT BOAT down the Ohio and the Mississippi to get intel on the KFS. They are going to do this undercover so its a change on the normal MP Game. Will be using a lot of your work on this site!

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