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LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« on: December 14, 2018, 02:02:54 »
Hello men and women of the CAF!

I’m 16 and wanting to write a science fiction novel with heavy usage of the LAV and mounted infantry. However, I lack information and experience regarding their operation and tactics, and haven’t been able to find much online. Would you be so kind as to enlighten me? I want the story to be as realistic as possible.

As a side question, why is there a giant hole behind the driver’s compartment?

Many thanks!

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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2018, 09:39:45 »
Hello 16-year old science fiction writer!

Here are five open source articles about US mechanized tactics.  It's fairly similar.  Read and enjoy.

http://armchairgeneral.com/category/tactics101

The "hole" is a secondary exit, should the primary one be jammed or covered for some reason.
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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2018, 11:53:19 »
Much appreciated, I’ll take a look at that! Why does that second exit sometimes have a circular object in it?

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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 11:59:15 »
If it's on the outside, I think you're referring to the winch.
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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 12:27:56 »
Here are four open source US Army manuals that may help you.

The first two are soldier skills manuals that teach you some of the basic skills that an infantryman in the US Army has to have - note they do not deal with the Stryker (which is the US Army version of the LAV 3) but with the tracked and heavier M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

The last two manuals deal specifically with the Stryker battalion and company and gives you an understanding how they operate in all phases of war.

https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/stp7_11b1.pdf

https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/atp3_21x21.pdf
https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/atp3_21x11.pdf

There are specific differences as between US Army and Canadian infantry organizations and tactics but unfortunately open source Canadian Army manuals are harder to find online. Since it's science fiction you do have some wiggle room with the facts.

If you are writing about a Canadian soldier/unit, let me know what specifically you are concentrating on and I'll be happy to help. I myself am a writer (you can see a link below to my author's page) If you need any help with respect to writing in general (structures, software etc) let me know either in this thread or through a personal message.

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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 12:36:35 »
@Infanteer: I’m not sure, here’s a photo with the area I’m talking about circled in red

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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 14:47:12 »
@Infanteer: I’m not sure, here’s a photo with the area I’m talking about circled in red


That is the winch hole, not every LAV is equipped with a winch but all have the space for one. If there is no winch it looks like an open hole. Just to the right of the winch is the driver's escape hatch.
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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2018, 18:36:37 »
Ah I see. Does the winch line come off the side?

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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2018, 19:19:46 »
Ah I see. Does the winch line come off the side?

The quick answer is yes.

The link below takes you to a military modellers web page for the Real Model kit for the LAV.

What's important for you is as you scroll down the page you'll find a section called "References" which has four links called "Prime Portal 1" through "Prime Portal 4". Each of these has a series of close up photos of the LAV from virtually any angle you can think of. Some of those show the winch and winch cable (others show the empty housing)

https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/vehicles/realmodel/rm35125.html

Here's another link to those sights including many more things military:

http://www.primeportal.net/home.htm

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Re: LAVs and Operation/Tactics
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2018, 20:38:33 »
Ooh, thanks! Can you tell me a bit about the infantry that use the LAV? Such as how sections are organized, weapons, roles, etc?