Light Machine-Gun Squad

The Light Machine-Gun Squad

I am also being trained as a member of a light machine-gun squad. There are two squads to a section and two sections in the weapons platoon. As a member of a machine-gun squad, it will be my job to aid in giving direct fire support to the rifle company, or to its smaller units.

The machine-gun squad consists of a squad leader, a gunner, an assistant gunner, and two ammunition bearers. As squad leader it would be my job to indicate where the gun will be mounted and to direct its fire. As gunner, I would fire the piece, assisted by the assistant gunner, who would take my place, if necessary. As an ammunition bearer, I would see to it that the gun is constantly supplied with ammunition.





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