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military formations

Post by bruce » 24 May 2002 04:32

its kind of a silly questions but from how many people are the following usually consist:
corps
division
btallion
company
platoon

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A very rough guide

Post by Richard Murphy » 24 May 2002 06:43

Bruce;
This are very rough figures;

Platoon=30
Company=120-150
Battalion=800
Regiment (Not mentioned, but the next step up)=2,500
Division=Varied considerably, from as low as 10,000 to as high as 20,000
Corps=Entirely dependent on the number of divisions attached, but unlikely to be less than 30,000 or so.

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 24 May 2002 07:29

Where are thse figures from?

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Post by Richard Murphy » 24 May 2002 19:07

I did say they were very rough. They are not from any specific text, but from 25 years of wargaming and studying military organisation. If anyone can supply more specific figures, I am always happy to learn, hence the Lehr avatar.

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Post by Andy H » 24 May 2002 19:47

Most military formations from the basic Platoon upwards use a Triangular basis. ie 3 Platoons = 1 Company, 3 Companies = 1 Battalion, Btn's = 1 Regiment, 3 Regiments = 1 Division etc etc

In addition most units have support units etc.

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Post by Starinov » 25 May 2002 15:14

Cheshire Yeomanry wrote:Most military formations from the basic Platoon upwards use a Triangular basis. ie 3 Platoons = 1 Company, 3 Companies = 1 Battalion, Btn's = 1 Regiment, 3 Regiments = 1 Division


a German WWII division is composed of some 10 regiments: this includes infanterie, artillerie, repairs, etc, even if the troops are relocated into battalions, the total of troops can go as far as 10 regiments.

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????

Post by Richard Murphy » 25 May 2002 18:47

Starinov,
I assume you mean 10 battalions!!!
It was rare for a division to have more than four regiments (Three infantry (Or two infantry and one armoured, in the case of Panzer units) and one artillery.).
Of course, there were slight exceptions (Though none I know of reached the level of 10 regiments!), but I believe the original question was on a general basis.

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