I had never intended collecting an American force for Chain of Command. It was just one of those things that happened serendipitously when I was attending the Cancon convention a few years ago. I was browsing at the Eureka Miniatures stand and found a box containing discounted AB Figures. My initial excitement turned to disappointment as I discovered most of the figures were from the American range, however it soon dawned on me that there was enough in the box to build a platoon and many supports. The figures were half price and so the rest is history.
The platoon has been based on the US Rifle Platoon as listed in the Chain of Command rule book and composed almost entirely of figures from the AB Figures range. I've also ensured I have enough figures to make up one of the larger Armored Rifle Platoons with its array of additional weapons teams.
The rifle platoon headquarters in made up of two senior leaders, a Lieutenant and a platoon Sergeant and includes a two man bazooka team.
As you can see below I have created a number of different options for portraying the lieutenant and the sergeant. The other additional figures can be used to represent any senior leaders that might be required.
The rifle squads themselves are made up of eleven men and their NCO. Ten men are armed with the M1 Garand and one carries a BAR. They are divided into the BAR team (with two crew for the BAR and one rifleman) and a rifle team composed of eight men with M1 Garands. The NCO is armed with a submachine gun.
Here's the BAR and an M1 Garand at the Army Museum in Hawaii:
A 60mm mortar with a five man crew is both a support option for the rifle platoon and an inherent part of the armored infantry platoon.
I have come around to the idea of theming jump-off-points with figures and I've used a few from Wartime Miniatures to give a distinct national character to these: