What makes up a battalion

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What makes up a battalion

Postby allanp » Tue May 22, 2012 10:14 pm

Hi All

Could someone help me with the following.

What makes up a Battalion? A battalion consists of roughly 1000 men but how are the men sub-divided in numbers until they get to the smallest unit?

Regards Allan
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Re: What makes up a battalion

Postby Simon_Fielding » Fri May 25, 2012 7:00 pm

Might be a start here Allan

www.1914-1918.net/whatbatt.htm

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Re: What makes up a battalion

Postby peter » Fri May 25, 2012 10:28 pm

Hi Allan,

From Stacke (The Worcesterhire Regiment in the Great War).

Notes on the organization of the Army in 1914.

A Battalion at full war strength consisted of approximately one thousand fighting men (actually 1,024 of all ranks), commanded by a Lieutenant-Colonel, who was assisted by a Second-in-Command (the senior Major), an Adjutant and a Quartermaster. The Battalion was subdivided into Battalion Headquarters (which included the Battalion Signallers, Transport, Machine-guns, Band and Drums) and four Companies. Each Company was commanded by a Captain (or a Major) and consisted of some two hundred of all ranks, subdivided into four platoons. Each platoon commanded by a Subalton (Lieutenant or Second-Lieutenant) assisted by a Sergeant and mustered about forty soldiers armed with rifle and bayonet.

Hope this helps.

Regards

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Re: What makes up a battalion

Postby allanp » Wed May 30, 2012 9:40 pm

Hi Simon & Peter

I apologise for not getting back to you both sooner. Thanks for the information. Something I have always wondered about.

Regards Allan
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Re: What makes up a battalion

Postby Simon_Fielding » Wed May 30, 2012 9:46 pm

No problem - happy to help!
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