# Evolution Of The Infantry Company In Yugoslavia 1945-1993

### #301

Posted 20 October 2019 - 0727 AM

Do you have data for S-68 (ZSU-57/2)

### #302

Posted 20 October 2019 - 0844 AM

Should be same as with 30/2, except each vehicle has 6-men crew - IIRC Commander, 2 x Gunner, 2 x Loader, Driver. Unfortunately, I don't have what weapons they have.

20/3 BOV-3 battery should be also same, except again vehicle crew - 4 men - Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver. IIRC they had 2 x AR, 2 x AP.

**Edited by bojan, 20 October 2019 - 0847 AM.**

### #303

Posted 20 October 2019 - 1237 PM

### #304

Posted 28 October 2019 - 1259 PM

Found an interesting tidbit regarding issuing weapons from the '50s:

"Due the lack of pistols those should be issued only to medics, MG and LMG gunners and officers of the Major rank and higher. All other personal that are supposed to be issued pistols (drivers, radio operators, officers of the Captain rank and lower, etc etc) will be issuer either rifles or SMGs"

Thing is, this has became codified and even later, when there was enough pistols it was followed. Exception is that some heavier weapons gunners (ATWs, RCLs and 82mm and smaller mortars) got pistols.

Also, for pre-1971. wartime formations attached logistic section is attached directly to Co HQ in practice, and is considered to be part of the company, which I did not acount for in either manpower or weapons total. There are also some interesting tidbits about 1954 and 1962 infantry companies RCL section, and how those were really incorporated in the higher formations.

So I will repost Infantry, Hill, Mountain and Light Infantry formations, according to those changes.. I will also leave originals to showcase a difference.

**Edited by bojan, 28 October 2019 - 1302 PM.**

### #305

Posted 28 October 2019 - 1523 PM

RCL Section is actually attached from a Bn Support Company RCL Platoon. It did not formally become part of Rifle Company until 1958. Rifle regiment, that has used pentomic formation and did not have Bn level. In effect there is no difference in wartime formation of the F-54 Rifle company before or after 1958.

Drivers and 3/4t and 2.5t vehicles are attached from Bn Logistic company, and became integral to Co after 1958.

One radioman and 1/4t light vehicle with radio are attached from a Bn Signal Platoon, also became integral to Co after 1958.

**1954. Rifle Company **with amendments.

**Company HQ** - 7 men - 3 x SMG, 2 x R, 1 x SR, 1 x P, 1 x 3/4t vehicle

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - R

- Medic - P

- Sniper/scout - SR - snipers did not have pistols in practice

- Driver - R, 3/4t vehicle

**Rifle Platoon x 3 **- 44 men - 2 x MG, 2 x ATW, 3 x LMG, 19 x SMG, 19 x R (3 with rifle-grenade attachment), 6 x P

* Command Section *- 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Platoon Cmd - SMG

- Plt Cmd 2inC - SMG

- Medic - P

* Rifle Section x 3 *- 10 men - 1 x LMG, 4 x SMG, 5 x R (1 with RG attachment), 1 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- SMG gunner x 3 - SMG (1st SMG gunner is also a section 2inC)

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- assistant - R

- Grenadier - R with RG attachment

- Riflemen x 3 - R

*Support section* - 11 men - 2 x MG, 2 x ATW, 5 x SMG, 2 x P, 4 x R

- Section Leader - SMG

- AT Gunner x 2 - ATW, R

- AT Assistant x 2 - SMG

- MG Gunner x 2 - MG, P

- MG Assistant x 2 - R

- MG Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

**Support platoon** - 44 men - 2 x 81mm mortar, 2 x 75mm RCL, 3 x MG, 4 x ATW, 17 x SMG, 23 x R, 4 x P, 2 x 2.5t truck, 1 x 1/4t Light vehicle with radio (1/4t LVR)

*Command section* - 7 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P 4 x R

- Platoon Cmd - SMG

- Plt Cmd 2inC - SMG

- Radioman - R

- Medic - P

- Driver x 3 - R, 1 x 1/4t LVR, 2 x 2.5t truck

* AT Section* - 9 men - 4 x ATW, 5 x SMG, 4 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- AT gunner x 4 - ATW, R

- Assistant x 4 - SMG

*RCL Section *- 9 men, 2 x 75mm RCL, 3 x SMG, 6 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - R

- Loader x 2 - R

- Ammo handler x 2 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

*MG Section *- 10 men - 3 x MG, 3 x R, 4 x SMG, 3 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- MG gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - R (one has RG attachment)

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SMG

*Mortar Section *- 9 men - 2 x 81mm mortar, 3 x SMG, 6 x R

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - R

- Loader x 2 - R

- Ammo handler x 2 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

In practice Support platoon has AT half-platoon with RCL and ATW section and general support half-platoon with Mortar and MG section. 1st is led by Plt Cmd, 2nd by his 2inC.

**Total** - 182 men (7 + 3 x 44 + 44) - 9 x MG, 2 x 75mm RCL, 2 x 81mm mortar, 10 x ATW, 9 x LMG, 1 x SR, 77 x SMG, 82 x R (10 with RG attachment), 23 x P, 1 x 1/4t LVR, 1 x 3/4t vehicle, 2 x 2.5t truck, 7 x radio

**Edited by bojan, 28 October 2019 - 1523 PM.**

### #306

Posted 29 October 2019 - 0743 AM

**1962 Infantry company **with amendments

- Minor modification of 1954 version:

- one more SMG gunner per rifle squad and no more dedicated grenadier (all 3 riflemen got RG attachment for their rifles).

- RCLs could be either older 75mm M20 with 4-men crew or new 82mm M60 with 5-men crew.

- Support platoon was modified, it lost MG section, and got another AT section, but AT sections were reduced to 7-men strong with 3 AT weapons.

- AT weapons, RCL and mortar gunners got pistol instead of rifle issued previously.

**Company HQ** - 7 men - 3 x SMG, 2 x R, 1 x SR, 1 x P, 1 x 2.5t truck

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- Radioman - R

- Medic - P

- Sniper/scout - SR

- Driver - R, 2.5t truck

**Rifle Platoon x 3** - 44 men - 2 x MG, 2 x ATW, 3 x LMG, 22 x SMG, 14 x R (9 with RG attachment), 8 x P

* Command Section* - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 1 x P

- Platoon Cmd - SMG

- Plt Cmd 2inC - SMG

- Medic - P

*Rifle Section x 3* - 10 men - 1 x LMG, 4 x SMG, 5 x R (1 with RG attachment), 1 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- SMG gunner x 4 - SMG (1st SMG gunner is also a section 2inC)

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- assistant - R

- Riflemen x 3 - R with RG attachment

* Support section *- 11 men - 2 x MG, 2 x ATW, 5 x SMG, 2 x P, 4 x R

- Section Leader - SMG

- AT Gunner x 2 - ATW, P

- AT Assistant x 2 - SMG

- MG Gunner x 2 - MG, P

- MG Assistant x 2 - R

- MG Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

**Support platoon** - 37/39 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 2 x 75mm/82mm RCL, 6 x ATW, 16 x SMG, 10/12 x R, 11 x P, 2 x 2.5t truck

*Command section* - 3 men - 2 x SMG, 2 x R, 1 x P

- Platoon Cmd - SMG

- Plt Cmd 2inC - SMG

- Driver x 2 - R, 2.5t truck

- Medic - P

*AT Section x 2 *- 7 men - 3 x ATW, 4 x SMG, 3 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- AT gunner x 3 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 3 - SMG

* RCL Section* - 9/11 men, 2 x 75mm/82mm RCL, 3 x SMG, 4/6 x R, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - RCL, P

- Loader x 2 - R

- Ammo handler x 2 or x 4 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

* Mortar Section* - 9 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 3 x SMG, 4 x R, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - P

- Loader x 2 - R

- Ammo handler x 2 - R

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SMG

**Total** - 176/178 ( 7 + 3 x 44 + 37/39 ) men - 6 x MG, 2 x 75mm RCL, 2 x 82mm mortar, 12 x ATW, 9 x LMG, 1 x SR, 85 x SMG, 54/56 x R (27/RG attachment), 36 x P, 3 x 2.5t truck, 11 x Radio

### #307

Posted 29 October 2019 - 0750 AM

**1969. Infantry company** (close range AT-defense oriented) with amendments

This is a major reorganization, intended on streamlining org of company and developing companies more appropriate for specific tasks (in particular anti-tank defense, since 1967. Israeli-Arab and 1968. invasion of Czechoslovakia have left a big impression).

**Company HQ** - 10 men - 3 x SMG, 4 x SAR, 2 x SR, 1 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer

- Co Cmd - SMG

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - SMG

- Co Jr. Officer - SMG

- radioman - SAR

- medic - P

- Runner x 2 - SAR

- Sniper/Scout x 2 - SR

- Driver - SAR, 1/4t LV/trailer

**Rifle Platoon x 3** - 38 men - 4 x ATW, 3 x LMG, 14 x SMG, 16 x SAR, 7 x P

- Platoon commander - SMG

- Medic - P

*Rifle Section x 3 *- 9 men - 1 x LMG, 1 x P, 4 x SAR, 4 x SMG

- Section leader - SMG

- SMG gunner x 3 - SMG (1st one is section 2inC)

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- assistant - SAR

- Riflemen x 3 - SAR

*AT section *- 9 men - 4 x ATW, 1 x SMG, 4 x SAR, 4 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- AT Gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - SAR

**Support Platoon **- 31 men - 3 x MG, 3 x ATW, 2 x 81mm mortar, 5 x SMG, 21 x SAR, 12 x P, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer, 2 x 5t truck

- Platoon commander - SMG

- Driver x 3 - SAR, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer, 2 x 5t truck

- Medic - P

*MG Section* - 10 men, 3 x MG, 3 x P, 1 x SMG, 6 x SAR

- Section leader - SMG

- MG gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SAR

*AT section *- 7 men - 3 x ATW, 1 x SMG, 3 x SAR, 3 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- AT Gunner x 3 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

*Mortar Section *- 9 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 1 x SMG, 6 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - P

- Loader x 2 - SAR

- Ammo handler x 2 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SAR

Total - 155 men (10 + 3 x 38 + 31) - 2 x 82mm mortar, 3 x MG, 9 x LMG, 15 x ATW, 50 x SMG, 73 x SAR, 34 x P, 1 x SR, 2 x 1/4t LV/trailer, 2 x 5t truck

### #308

Posted 01 November 2019 - 0806 AM

**1971. Infantry Company, version 1 **with amendments

It was a "general purpose" infantry company, and first introduced automatic rifle (M70), starting replacement of SMGs. 2nd sniper was added to a Co HQ, 1st Rifle section in every Rifle platoon was reinforced with additional LMG.

"SMG gunner" (Automaticar) designation stayed, even if they were now armed with AR.

Previously semi-separate logistic part was incorporated in the company, with Co Hq, and Support Plt being fully motorized.

**Company HQ - 9 men **- 3 x AR, 3 x SAR, 1 x P, 2 x SR, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer

- Co Cmd - AR

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - AR

- Co Jr. Officer - AR

- radioman - SAR

- medic - P

- Sniper/Scout x 2 - SR

- Runner - SAR

- Driver - SAR, light vehicle with a trailer

**Rifle Platoon x 3** - 39 men - 3 x MG, 4 x LMG, 13 x AR, 18 x SAR, 8 x P

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

* Reinforced Rifle Section *- 9 men - 2 x LMG, 2 x P, 4 x SAR, 3 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- SMG gunner x 2 - AR (1st one is section 2inC)

- LMG gunner x 2 - LMG, P

- assistant x 2 - SAR

- Riflemen x 2 - SAR

* Rifle Section x 2* - 9 men - 1 x LMG, 1 x P, 4 x SAR, 4 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- SMG gunner x 3 - AR (1st one is section 2inC)

- LMG gunner - LMG, P

- assistant - SAR

- Riflemen x 3 - SAR

* MG Section *- 10 men, 3 x MG, 3 x P, 1 x AR, 6 x SAR

- Section leader - AR

- MG gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SAR

**Support Platoon** - 44 men - 8 x ATW, 2 x 82mm RCL, 2 x 81mm mortar, 5 x AR, 26 x SAR, 13 x P, 2 x 5t truck, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

- Radioman - SAR

- Driver - SAR, light vehicle with a trailer

*AT section x 2 *- 9 men - 4 x ATW, 1 x AR, 4 x SAR, 4 x P

- Section leader - AR

- AT Gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - SAR

*RCL Section *- 12 men, 2 x 82mm RCL, 1 x AR, 9 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner x 2 - RCL, P

- Loader x 2 - SAR

- Ammo handler x 4 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, truck

*Mortar Section *- 10 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 1 x AR, 7 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner x 2 - Mortar, P

- Loader x 2 - SAR

- Ammo handler x 2 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, truck

**Total** - 170 (9 + 3 x 39 + 44) men - 2 x 82mm Mortar, 2 x 82mm RCL, 9 x MG, 12 x LMG, 8 x ATW, 2 x SR, 47 x AR, 83 x SAR, 38 x P, 2 x 5t truck, 2 x light vehicle w/trailer, 14 x radio

### #309

Posted 01 November 2019 - 0811 AM

**1971. Infantry Company, version 2 **with amendments

This is variation of the previous one when M53 LMGs were being replaced by M72 SAW and more ARs introduced

It was often designated F-77, but formally it was "F-71 with changes"

**Company HQ** - 9 men - 3 x AR, 3 x SAR, 1 x P, 2 x SR, 1/4t LV/trailer

- Co Cmd - AR

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - AR

- Co Jr. Officer - AR

- radioman - SAR

- medic - P

- Sniper/Scout x 2 - SR

- NBC scout - SAR

- Driver - SAR, light vehicle with a trailer

**Rifle Platoon x 3** - 39 men - 3 x MG, 2 x LMG, 4 x SAW, 13 x AR, 16 x SAR, 6 x P

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

*Reinforced Rifle Section *- 9 men - 2 x LMG, 2 x P, 4 x SAR, 3 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- SMG gunner x 2 - AR (1st one is section 2inC)

- LMG gunner x 2 - LMG, P

- assistant x 2 - SAR

- Riflemen x 2 - SAR

*Rifle Section x 2 *- 9 men - 2 x SAW, 3 x SAR, 4 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- SMG gunner x 3 - AR (1st one is section 2inC)

- SAW gunner x 2 - SAW

- Riflemen x 3 - SAR

*MG Section *- 10 men, 3 x MG, 3 x P, 1 x AR, 6 x SAR

- Section leader - AR

- MG gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SAR

**Support Platoon **- 44 men - 8 x ATW, 2 x 82mm RCL, 2 x 81mm mortar, 5 x AR, 26 x SAR, 13 x P, 2 x 5t truck, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

- Radioman - SAR

- Driver - SAR, light vehicle with a trailer

*AT section x 2 *- 9 men - 4 x ATW, 1 x AR, 4 x SAR, 4 x P

- Section leader - AR

- AT Gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - SAR

*RCL Section *- 12 men, 2 x 82mm RCL, 1 x AR, 9 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner x 2 - RCL, P

- Loader x 2 - SAR

- Ammo handler x 4 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, truck

*Mortar Section *- 10 men - 2 x 81mm mortar, 1 x AR, 7 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - P

- Loader x 2 - SAR

- Ammo handler x 2 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, truck

Total - 170 (9 + 3 x 39 + 44) men - 2 x 82mm Mortar, 2 x 82mm RCL, 9 x MG, 6 x LMG, 12 x SAW, 8 x ATW, 2 x SR, 47 x AR, 77 x SAR, 32 x P, 2 x 5t truck, 2 x 1/4t light vehicle w/trailer, 14 x radio

### #310

Posted 01 November 2019 - 1754 PM

**1981. Infantry company **- with amendments

This one was replacement for 1969. Infantry company with a same close-defense AT role. Rifle platoons transferred fully to ARs, but there were still SARs in the Support platoon.

**Company HQ **- 11 men - 3 x AR, 7 x SAR, 2 x SR, 1 x P, 1/4t LV/trailer

- Co Cmd - AR

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - AR

- Co Jr. Officer - AR

- Runner - SAR

- radioman x 2 - SAR

- medic - P

- Sniper/Scout x 2 - SR

- NBC scout - SAR

- Driver - SAR, light vehicle with a trailer

**Rifle Platoon x 3** - 38 men - 4 x ATW, 6 x SAW, 27 x AR, 5 x P

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

*Rifle Section x 3 *- 9 men, 2 x SAW, 7 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- SAW gunner x 2 - SAW

- Riflemen x 6 - AR (rifleman 1 is section 2inC)

*AT section *- 9 men - 4 x ATW, 5 x AR, 4 x P

- Section leader - AR

- AT Gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - AR

**Support Platoon** - 38 men - 3 x ATW, 3 x MG, 2 x 82mm mortar, 4 x AR, 22 x SAR, 11 x P, 2 x 5t truck, 1 x 1/4t LV/trailer

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

- Radioman - SAR

- Driver - SAR, light vehicle with a trailer

*AT section *- 14 men - 6 x ATW, 1 x AR, 7 x SAR, 6 x P

- Section leader - AR

- AT Gunner x 6 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 6 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, Truck

* MG Section *- 10 men, 3 x MG, 3 x P, 1 x AR, 6 x SAR

- Section leader - AR

- MG gunner x 3 - MG, P

- Assistant x 3 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - SAR

* Mortar Section *- 10 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 1 x AR, 7 x SAR, 2 x P

- Section leader - SMG

- Gunner x 2 - P

- Loader x 2 - SAR

- Ammo handler x 2 - SAR

- Ammo bearer x 2 - SAR

- Driver - SAR, Truck

Total - 163 (11 + 3 x 38 + 38) men - 2 x 82mm Mortar, 3 x MG, 18 x SAW, 18 x ATW, 2 x SR, 90 x AR, 22 x SAR, 27 x P, 2 x 5t truck, 2 x 1/4t light vehicle w/trailer, 14 x radio

### #311

Posted 02 November 2019 - 0739 AM

**1985/87/1990. Infantry company **- with amendments

Major reorganization, replacing 1971. platoon as "universal" infantry company, but with more AT capability

- Support platoon was redesignated as a AT platoon, mortars were formally removed from Co to a Bn level, but when company is deployed in the front line they would always be attached to a company. "Frontline company" would have between 1 and 3 mortar sections attached (2, 4 or 6 x 82mm mortar).

- every Rifle section finally got sniper (DM) rifle (which was planned from early '70s but more specialized units had a first pick on sniper rifles)

- M80 LAWs were introduced as a short range AT weapon (they already appeared in the 1983. addendum to a 1981 org, but that one "school formantion" not a combat formation)

- Motor transport was reorganized, replacing two light vehicles with trailers with a single truck.

- In 1990. org MGs were changed to M84 from M53, and MG gunners lost their pistols, since M84 can be used by a single man even with large ammo box

- 1985 and 1987 has 1 x SAW per section, 1990 has 2.

- 1987 and 1990. has no NBC scout in the HQ.

- In 1985 and 1987 drivers have AP, in 1990 they have AR

AP - automatic pistol

**Company HQ** - 9/8 men - 5/4 x AR, 3 x AP, 1 x P, 1 x LAW, 1 x 5t truck

- Company commander - AP

- Co Cmd 2inC/Political officer - AP

- Co Jr.Officer - AR

- Medic - P

- NBC scout - AR (only in 1985 org)

- radioman - AR

- runner x 2 - AR

- driver - AP, truck

**Rifle Platoon x 3 **- 36 men - 3 x MG, 3/6 x SAW, 3 x SR, 26/23 x AR, 4 x P, 13 x LAW

- Platoon commander - AR

- Medic - P

* Rifle Section x 3 *- 8 men - 1/2 x SAW, 1 x SR, 6/5 x AR, 4 x LAW

- Section leader - AR

- SAW Gunner x 1/2 - SAW

- Sniper - SR

- Riflemen x 5/4 - AR, LAW (R1 is section 2inC)

* MG Section *- 10 men, 3 x MG, 7 x AR, 1 x LAW - 1985. org also has 3 x P, since MG was still not changed from M53 to M84

- Section leader - AR

- MG gunner x 3 - MG

- Assistant x 3 - AR

- Ammo bearer x 3 - AR (ammo bearer 1 carries LAW)

**AT Platoon **- 33 men - 2 x 82mm RCL, 8 x ATW, 20 x AR, 2 x AP, 11 x P, 2 x 5t Truck

- Platoon commander - AR

- Driver - AP

- Medic - P

*AT Section x 2 *- 9 men - 4 x ATW, 4 x P, 5 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- AT gunner x 4 - ATW, P

- Assistant x 4 - AR

RCL Section - 12 men - 2 x 82mm RCL, 2 x P, 9 x AR, 1 x AP

- Section leader - AR

- RCL gunner - P

- RCL crew x 8 (no specific designation of duties in this org) - AR

- Driver - AP

Total strength - 149/148 (9/8 + 3 x 36 + 33) men - 2 x 82mm RCL, 8 x ATW, 9 x MG, 9/9/18 x SAW, 9 x SR, 103/102/96 x AR, 5/5/2 x AP, 24/24/15 x P, 40 x LAW

Also, if deployed company would have

* Mortar section x 1-3 *- 9 men - 2 x 82mm mortar, 2 x P, 1 x AP, 7 x AR

- Section leader - AR

- Gunner - 82mm mortar, P

- Mortar crew x 8 (again, no specific duties given in this org, one is also a driver) - AR