Originally Posted by ipser
Let's return to my original question: what AT weapons would the (heavy) mechanized infantry platoon and company have in 1973 on the inter-German border facing a WP invasion. One would presume that they would have all of the above in hand and pointed at the approaching tanks and apcs.
In WWII there was considerable emphasis on measuring AT guns per mile in frontage. What I'm trying to figure out here is the 1973 equivalent. I've accounted for the tanks in the mech battalions and the heavier TOWs but it's a bit harder to get a firm count on the much smaller infantry weapons. The above is a good list of what was available but how many tubes per platoon and/or company and how many rounds per tube?
Correcting some errors from fuzzy memory.
For 66, Three 90mm with about six rounds each, one per platoon in the heavy weapons squad where I was assigned and trained in heavy weapons. (weapon's platoon handled 81mm mortars and HQ has 4.2 mortars.) The 106s three or four in HQ with six rounds each basic load. LAWs usually two per squad if issued. 106s were precision aimed using a 50 cal spotting round.
We trained on 90mm and 106 for hit and run defense for Soviet invasion with LAWs as close in defense. You became a target the second you fired it which is why you ran for cover. Tanks and air support would have been normally used for attacking enemy armor. Otherwise, recoiless were used for attacking bunkers with beehive rounds becoming available for troops in the open. Again, there was limited amount of ammo that could be humped for the 90mm while the 1/4 ton jeep could have access to more from a supply truck.
I'm going to guess that the ratio changed with the availability of TOW since they could be launched from one position while the operator remain hidden away from the launch blast. TOW was a wire guided anti tank weapon designed to defend against Soviet armor. Because it could be guided all the way to its target, it became a one shot certain kill weapon. A good operator could bounce one off the ground into the belly of an oncoming tank, its weakest point. I had some classes on TOW but never handled or fired one. Got to play with explosives too but the Sargent loved to make things go bang and were known to waste a 50 pound case of C-4 on stacks of bagged rice. Det cord makes a great can opener for 55 gal drums.
LAWs, 90mm and 106 did see some use late in the Vietnam War when the North invaded using tanks during bad weather.