ERRATA AND NEW RULES FOR PATROL!
Alan R. Arvold
The following errata and new rules were submitted to SPI back in
the late Seventies for consideration. They were never published.
Here they are for your enjoyment.
(Add) Pistols are counted as bayonets in Hand-to-Hand Combat.
12.6 (Add) Bayonets
All soldiers carry bayonets for their Rifles and after 1945 for
their Assault Rifles. Soldiers who are armed with other weapons
(And before 1945, Assault Rifles) are assumed to be carrying a
knife. In order to mount a bayonet on one's weapon or if unarmed
to have a knife ready in one's hand, the individual combat task
code is FB. To put the bayonet back in its scabbard the
individual combat task code is PB. These are both individual
combat tasks and follow all the rules pertaining to individual
combat tasks. Bayonets may only be mounted on Rifles and after
1945, Assault Rifles, no other weapons may mount a bayonet. The
only effect that a bayonet has in Patrol is in hand-to-hand
combat. On the Hand to Hand Combat Results Table one is
subtracted from the die roll if the attacker has a bayonet
mounted on his rifle/assault rifle or if he has a bayonet in his
hand if he is unarmed. Note that the US in the Seventies has an
assault rifle with a grenade launcher mounted underneath it (the
M203). A soldier armed with such a weapon may not mount a bayonet
on this weapon.
12.7 (Add) Entrenching Tool
All soldiers carry an entrenching tool or small shovel as part of
their basic equipment. Besides its obvious uses it also comes in
pretty handy as a hand-to-hand combat weapon. An entrenching tool
may only be used by an unarmed man. In order to take it out of
its carrying case and put it back into the case use the same
individual combat task codes as those used to take out and put
away the bayonet. An entrenching tool is treated as a machine
pistol on the Hand-to-Hand Combat Results Table.
30.9 Squad Organizations
All soldiers are considered to be carrying a bayonet/knife and an
entrenching tool. The following type weapon classes have a pistol
carried as secondary armament; MG, FT, RL, and GL. All tank and
APC crewman carry pistols.
In the Seventies the standard squad has 2 MG, 1 RL (which also
carries a AW), and 5 AW. The APC (BMP) crew is 1 HG, and 2 AW.
In the Seventies the standard APC crew is 2 AW.