M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier
"Hang ... FIRE!"
- – Mortar training 101
Yet another variation on the venerable M113, the M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier was designed to provide fire support to mechanized infantry companies while keeping up with the rest of the formation. The US M106 carries the M168 107mm Mortar which is capable of dropping rounds on target at ranges in excess of 5000m away. In addition, it also is equipped with a close defense .50cal machine gun. Other countries have nearly identical variants, only switching out the mortar caliber and machine guns.
In Team Yankee
This is a nice little SPG. The M30 mortar can reach out and touch enemy infantry up to 4 feet away, and it stands a fair chance of killing it even if in cover with its decent 4+ Firepower rating. The AT value is only 2 though, so you are not going to be knocking out tanks with this thing unless it is open topped and your opponent rolls really poorly. They also have the ability to do a smoke bombardment, which combined with excellent allied optics, can give your forces a big advantage. Use smoke to force the Soviet Tanks to engage on your terms, not theirs.
The M106 has the same front and side armor as every other M113 based vehicle, but it has a top armor of 0 because of the massive hole cut in the top for the M30 Mortar to fire out of.
A section of 3 will cost you 3 points, and 6 for 6.
An excellent utility (smoke and pinning) artillery. Consider the M109 for killing artillery instead.
The Panzermörser (pronounced Pahnzermerser if you’re American) takes the affordability and utility of the M106 and bumps up the firepower a little.
With AT 3 and FP 3+, you won't be knocking out hordes of BMPs and tanks. However, 3+ firepower makes a huge difference when you are using these to kill soft skins instead of popping smoke. Used against infantry, expect to pin them down and cause a respectable amount of casualties in the process. It may not match the M109 in the anti-armour role, but is more than capable of hurting units with top armour 0 like the BTR-60 and enemy artillery or anti-air missiles.
A section of 3 will cost you 3 points, and 6 for 6.
An excellent utility (smoke and pinning) artillery. Unlike the US version, bringing a 120mm mortar is perfectly functional as killing artillery.
3+ skill is less important for support units, but you may expect to use shoot-and-scoot orders to keep firing while moving.
The Dutch have two variants of the M113 mortar carrier, one with a 107mm mortar and another with 120mm mortars.
Serving as utility artillery in a Dutch army, the main purpose of the mortar is to suppress infantry and pop smoke. They might be able to splash infantry in the open very well, but they excel when used to fill whatever the situation needs at the moment. Enemy infantry rushing your objective? Pin them down. Friendly infantry advancing in the open? Cover their advance with smoke bombardments. Enemy BM-21s in sight? Your mortars can tear them a new one.
Like the German counterpart, the 120mm is fully capable of acting as killing artillery if needed: AT3 may be poor, but it is enough when fired at BTRs. On the other hand, 3+ Firepower means that when fired against entrenched infantry, they can actually do pretty well.
The 107mm suffers in this regard, and is very incapable of punching through vehicles. Use it strictly as utility artillery.
The 120mm may only be purchased in a Pantserinfanterie Compagnie in a platoon of 2 or 3 for 1 point per vehicle. However, as nearly every Dutch player takes this infantry formation due to its excellent transports, 120mm mortar carriers are plentiful on the table.
107mms can only be purchased in the Verkennings (recon) squadron at 2 points for 3. This alone makes them rare, as the recon squadron is much less popular than the Pantserinfanterie Compagnie.
If you think that artillery's job is to kill things instead of shit like smoke and tactics, consider the M109 instead.
The IDF have two variants of mortar carrier: the M125 and the M106.
The M125 is an 81mm mortar carrier with AT 1 and FP4+, making it an obvious choice for the utility artillery role. Vulnerable from anything bigger than an assault rifle, this unit should be planted in the back while pinning enemy infantry or smoking lines of sight to cover your attacks.
The M106 is the fatter, deadlier son of the M125 that bumps up the caliber to a 120mm shell (the IDF upgraded the standard 107mm US mortar to a more destructive, and more readily available, 120mm version). While AT3 and FP3+ might not be strong enough to really threaten BMPs and tanks, it has a good chance of punching through soft-skinned vehicles like BTR-60s, Danas and BM-21s. Whether you take this unit depends on your list: the M106 might just be a more expensive utility mortar or a weaker M109 that can't kill things.
The M106 was first fielded by the US Army in Vietnam, where it supported US efforts to dislodge the VC and NVA forces. In US Service it has since been supplanted by the M1064A3 which is almost identical to the M106 except it mounts a 120mm Mortar instead of the 107mm. Earlier 4.2"/107mm rifled mortars in US service go back to the 1920s. The M106 version of the "Four Deuce," or "Goon Gun," the M30 4.2" Rifled Mortar, differed from the M2 version it replaced in having superior range.
The purpose of the mortar is to provide fire support at the smallest tactical level possible, which in most cases was the company (coincidentally the level that Team Yankee operates at for NATO forces), to minimize the amount of time between the call for fire and shells on the way. This rapid reaction capability gives company commanders the ability to suppress enemy forces with highly accurate indirect fire, both of the high explosive and smoke shell variety as quickly as possible, as when Ivan comes thundering towards you, you definitely don't want your desperate call for indirect support to end up stuck in the information-log jam that is brigade comms.
Historically speaking the first 4.2" mortars purchased by the US military were the M2, which entered service in 1928. Yes, 1928. They were a modified copy of a British design from WWI and were at the time considered "chemical mortars." That is to say, every infantry regiment was supposed to have a battery of four or six available, and the large caliber--at the time, for a mortar--suited it to delivering poison gas shells, though conventional explosive and incendiary rounds and chemical smokescreen shells were also created for it. The M2 was used very widely in WWII and Korea, then mainly given away around the world as military aid to replace them with the M30, which eventually got mounted on an armored vehicle, the M106. The M30 was very well liked in service, especially by US Marines in Korea, and regarded as equal to European 120mm mortars in terms of lethality and bursting radius and superior in terms of range, accuracy, and sustained rate of fire. In Team Yankee they're kind of nerfed. In Team Yankee mortars are for smokescreens and suppressing dismounted infantry, while artillery actually kills people and breaks their stuff. In Korea the "Four Deuce" killed Chinese just fine.
A Battalion was often equipped with single mortar platoon. This mortar platoon was often broken down into its component sections (roughly a squad of mortars) to then be distributed equally to the companies of the battalion (but not in a communist way). Since mechanized units were going to be expected to deal with the brunt of the PACT offensive, they were issued the largest mortars in the inventory (or more accurately they already had the logistical support and vehicles to haul such unwieldy weapons around) while the light rifle battalions and special units like the airborne were issued the more man-portable 60mm mortars.
|US Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||M1 Abrams - M60 Patton - M551 Sheridan - RDF/LT|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier - UH-1 Huey - AAVP7 - Bradley Fighting Vehicle|
|Troops:||US Mech Platoon - Marine Rifle Platoon - Huey Rifle Platoon - HMMWV Machine Gun Platoon - Light Motor Infantry Platoon|
|Artillery:||M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier - M109 Howitzer - LAV-M - M270 MLRS|
|Anti-Aircraft:||M163 VADS - M48 Chaparral - M247 Sergeant York - HMMWV SAM|
|Tank Hunters:||M901 ITV - HMMWV-TOW - LAV-AT|
|Recon:||M113 FIST- M113 Scout Section - HMMWV Scout Section - LAV-25 - Bradley Fighting Vehicle|
|Aircraft:||A-10 Warthog - AV-8 Harrier - AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter|
|West German Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||Leopard 2 - Leopard 1|
|Transports:||Fuchs Transportpanzer - Marder II Zug - Marder Zug - M113 Armored Personnel Carrier|
|Troops:||M113 / Marder Panzergrenadier Zug - Aufklärungs Zug - Fallschirmjager Zug - Gebirgsjager Zug - Jager Zug|
|Artillery:||Raketenwerfer Batterie - M109 Howitzer - M113 Panzermörser Zug - M270 MLRS|
|Anti-Aircraft:||Roland Flak Batterie - Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie - Fliegerfaust Gruppe - Wiesel Flugabwehr Zug|
|Tank Hunters:||Jaguar Jagdpanzer - Kanonenjagdpanzer - Wiesel TOW|
|Recon:||Luchs Spah Trupp - M113 OP - Marder II Zug|
|Aircraft:||Tornado - BO-105P|
|Dutch Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||Leopard 1 - Leopard 2|
|Transports:||YPR-765 IFV - M113 Armored Personnel Carrier|
|Troops:||M113 Tirailleur Peleton/YPR 765 Pantserinfanterie Peloton|
|Artillery:||107mm/120mm Mortier Peloton - M109 Veldartillerie Batterij|
|Anti-Aircraft:||PRTL - Stinger Peloton|
|Tank Hunters:||YPR-765 PRAT|
|Recon:||M113 C&V Ploeg - YPR-765 OP|
|WG Support:||Roland Flak Batterie - Raketenwerfer Batterie - BO-105P - Tornado|
|ANZAC Forces in Team Yankee|
|Infantry:||ANZAC Mechanized Platoon - Milan AT Section|
|Artillery:||M125 Mortar Platoon|
|Anti-Aircraft:||M113 Redeye SAM section|
|Tank Hunters:||AT Land Rover|
|Recon:||Scorpion - M113 MRV - M113 LRV|
|British Support:||Abbot Field Battery - M109 Field Battery - FV432 FOO - Harrier Jump Jet - Lynx HELARM|
|Israeli Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||Merkava - M60 Patton|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier|
|Troops:||IDF Infantry Platoon|
|Artillery:||M109 Howitzer -M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier -M125 Mortar Carrier|
|Anti-Aircraft:||M163 VADS - ZSU 23-4 Shilka - M48 Chaparral - Redeye SAM Platoon|
|Tank Hunters:||Pereh - M150 TOW - Jeep TOW|
|Recon:||M113 Recce - Jeep Recce|
|Aircraft:||AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - A4 Skyhawk|
|Iranian Forces in Team Yankee|
|Tanks:||T-55 - T-62 - M60 Patton - Chieftain|
|Transports:||M113 Armored Personnel Carrier - BTR-60 - BMP-1|
|Troops:||Iranian Mechanized Platoon - Basij Infantry Company|
|Artillery:||M109 Howitzer - BM-21 Hail - M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier|
|Anti-Aircraft:||ZSU 23-4 Shilka - ZSU-57-2 - SA-8 Gecko|
|Tank Hunters:||Jeep TOW - Jeep 106mm Recoilless - M113 106mm Recoilless|
|Aircraft:||AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter|
|Soviet Support:||SU-25 Frogfoot|