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‘A’ Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment - Organisation – January 1967
By Shane Lovell  (Updated)

The Australian Armoured Personnel Carrier squadron based in South Vietnam from June 1966 until November 1971 displayed a number of organisational changes based on the number of armoured vehicles available and the tasks required. The following table displays one such organisation, that of A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment as recorded at January 1967. At this time the Squadron establishment was limited to 3 APC Troops, here numbered 2,3 and 4. The table below provides detail of the unit organisation, M113A1 and variant registration numbers, callsigns and armament.

APC vehicle armament is split between pintle mounted M2 HB.50 calibre machine guns and M74C turrets mounting two .30 calibre machine guns. Commencing September 1966, all Alpha and Bravo callsigns in each of the APC sections were fitted with M74C turrets. This was being finalised in December 1966 and it is believed had been completed by January 1967 mounting twin .30 calibre machine guns. The remainder of the squadrons vehicles retained the pintle mounted M2 HB .50 calibre machine gun, except the M577A1 Armoured Command Vehicle which was armed with an 7.62 mm M60 General Purpose Machine Gun.

Squadron Headquarters

577.gif (1045 bytes)0A

ACV   134456

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)9

APC  134220

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)9E

APC   134199

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)98

APC    134154

579.gif (1068 bytes)98A

     134377

Fitters tracks were part of SHQ troop until 1 Nove '68 when they went out with the troops to the bush. (GMV)

2 Troop

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)20A

134196

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)20B

134190

Troop Headquarters

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)21

134171

m74.gif (1043 bytes)21A

134177

m74.gif (1043 bytes)21B

134178

1 Section

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)22

134209

m74.gif (1043 bytes)22A

134182

m74.gif (1043 bytes)22B

134168

2 Section

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)23

134199

m74.gif (1043 bytes)23A

134200

m74.gif (1043 bytes)23B

134206

3 Section

3 Troop

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)30A

134186

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)30B

134152

Troop Headquarters

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)31

134155

m74.gif (1043 bytes)31A

134160

m74.gif (1043 bytes)31B

134148

1 Section

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)32  

134164

m74.gif (1043 bytes)32A

134144

m74.gif (1043 bytes)32B

134145

2 Section

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)33

134184

m74.gif (1043 bytes)33A

134161

m74.gif (1043 bytes)33B

134332

3 Section

4 Troop

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)40A

134192

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)40B

134172

Troop Headquarters

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)41

134202

m74.gif (1043 bytes)41A

134165

m74.gif (1043 bytes)41B

134330

1 Section

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)42

134198

m74.gif (1043 bytes)42A

134211

m74.gif (1043 bytes)42B

134218

2 Section

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)43

134201

m74.gif (1043 bytes)43A

134175

m74.gif (1043 bytes)43B

134222

3 Section

Support Arms Troop

125.gif (1045 bytes)81A

134419   APC(M)

m113s.gif (1052 bytes)81B

134190

1 Section

125.gif (1045 bytes)82A

134418   APC(M)

125.gif (1045 bytes)82B

134422   APC(M)

2 Section

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