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Op WATCHTOWER - Training

    

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A Coy steps back in time to 1942. 

With the Japanese Empire at its peak following a series of victories Allied forces are about to embark on the first major offensive of the war in the Pacific. 

Operation WATCHTOWER is the code name for the Allied invasion of the Solomon Islands, being undertaken to prevent Japanese forces from establishing an airfield there from which to threaten Allied shipping. 

The invasion will include troops from the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, but it is the United States Marine Corps which will spearhead the attack and bear the brunt of the combat which lies ahead against a determined and resourceful enemy. The Imperial Japanese Army is riding the crest of a wave of victories stretching from China to the South Pacific. Operation WATCHTOWER aims to bring that period to an end, to prove that Japanese forces can not just be halted, but can be pushed back and defeated. 

A Coy will take its place in the first assault wave and is tasked with a direct attack to seize and secure an airfield on one of the target islands. Further details of this tasking will be revealed to Officers and NCOs who have a need to know. 

Final Readiness Training will encompass weapon handling, fire and manoeuvre, support fires and amphibious assault operations. 

A Coy ORBAT

• Coy HQ - up to 5 pax (Coy Cdr, Coy2IC, First Sgt, Radio Op, Runner)

1 Platoon

• Plt HQ - up to 3 pax (Cdr, Sgt, Radio Op)

• 3x Rifle Squads - each up to 9 pax (Sgt, Cpl, BAR, BAR Asst, 2xScout, 2xRifleman, Rifle Grenadier) 

2 Platoon

• Plt HQ - up to 3 pax (Cdr, Sgt, Radio Op) 

• 2x  Rifle Squads - each up to 9 pax (Sgt, Cpl, BAR, BAR Asst, 2xScout, 2xRifleman, Rifle Grenadier) 

Machine Gun Platoon

• 2-3x Machine Gun Sections - each of 3 pax (Gunner, Asst Gunner, Ammo Bearer)

Mortar Platoon

• 1-2x Mortar Sections - each of 3 pax (Gunner, Asst Gunner, Ammo Bearer)

Medical Support

• 3+ Corpsmen, att Coy HQ

Training Schedule

Op WATCHTOWER - Draft Training Schedule

Sunday 10 December

2000-2010Z - Company Address - welcome and familiarisation - ground rules - historical context;

2010-2100Z - Session 1

A/1 - Amphibious Assault Drills - Live Fire Area A

A/2 - Weapon Familiarisation - Small Arms Range & Live Fire Area B

MSP - Weapon Familiarisation - Mortar Range

Flight - Airframe Familiarisation - Airfield and Bombing Range

16CSMR - Weapon Familiarisation - Small Arms Range & Live Fire Area B

2100-2200Z - Session 2 

A/1 - Weapon Familiarisation - Small Arms Range & Live Fire Area B

A/2 - Amphibious Assault Drills - Live Fire Area A

MSP - Amphibious Assault Drills - Live Fire Area A

Flight - As before, plus optional Armour Familiarisation - Tank Range

16CSMR - Amphibious Assault Drills - Live Fire Area A

2230 - Officers and NCOs debrief & lessons learned - review schedule for next training operation.

Wednesday 13 December

2000-2100Z - Session 3

All Infantry Elements - Coy Manoeuvre Exercise - Live Fire Area B

Flight Elements - CAS practice on costal strip targets - Live Fire Area A

2100-2230Z - Session 4 

All Elements: Amphibious Assault Landing - Live Fire Exercise - Live Fire Area A

2230 - In field debrief and mission outline for Op WATCHTOWER. 

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