Infantry Battalion structure

Discussion in 'Infantry' started by Chockster, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. Hi

    I'm currently researching facts for a novel I'm writing, the 2nd part of my novel involves the British Army of which I don't really know much about, but I wanted to check how many soldiers an infantry battalion would have?

    I was another website that said an infantry battalion usually consisted of three rifle companies (each, rifle company was split into three platoons, with each platoon having three eight man squads with each having two four man fire teams), a support company and an HQ company.

    So roughly each rifle company could have around 96 soldiers.

    How would the fire support & HQ companies be structured?


  2. What's the plot?
  3. Who needs a plot? as long as there is sex, drugs and rock and roll.
  4. it's a zombie novel based in Edinburgh, basically the emergency services are overrun and the Gvt send in the army to restore order.
  5. Been done before mate. Only it was Northern Ireland. What's the out come in your book?
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  6. I was?
    Surely as an author on your 2nd book you would at least use a spell checker, with you being a pro surely?
  7. Yeah, it's been done loads of times, but got good feedback so far. (mine goes into the detail quite a bit)

    Outcome in this book is the armed forces manage to stop the outbreak spreading further (not without some losses though) and manages a quarantine zone around Edinburgh, while the Gvt works out how to deal with this issue.

    the whole of the first book is devoted to this one outbreak. The 2nd book has the virus eventually spreading to other parts of UK and then around the world.

    Just wanted to be specific in my book while using actual units in the armed forces, so another question I had in the TA forum section was specifically to do with 6 SCOTS and 7 SCOTS battalions, but other units I had were the infantry battalions in Scotland and the 4th Mechanised Brigade at Catterick.

    ex royal marines helped me with thier section on the book that involved an assualt on a cruise ship, they turned the draft into something more realistic and quite frightening.
  8. yeah, just typing fast :)

    the whole book is being reviewed by a professional editor, so will hopefully pick up my errors.
  9. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    it depends on when it is set as the number of companies and their make up has changed a lot over the years.

    as I remember it -

    an infantry company would be three fighting sections and a support element with the pln commander so signallers, drivers, pln sgt, pln cmd. three fighting plns in a company sometimes four with SF gunners a command element of more drivers, clerks, signallers, OC, CSM, CQMS, cooks and a medic or two a 150 men or so is nearer the norm. during the cold war you might have up to 5 fighting companies plus HQ coy which would be sigs, anti tanks, medical section, MT section, OC, RQMS, CO, adj, RSM, cooks, clerks REME and so on. you might also find specialist platoons attached or created within the company.

    some battalions were huge and probably over strength with close to a 1000 men but got away with it by lending men to other units for NI tours etc.. plus staff sent off as PSIs for TA feeder units and also depot staff - if they got too big then another battalion would often be raised. others might struggle to get 400 genuine badges on the books. similar a popular unit might end up lending 300 blokes away then struggle to do its own job and end up asking for bodies elsewhere. short term TA attachments were very common as were the longer S types.

    now they are paring back the fighting companies again to save the battalions which doesn't allways work as planned as they are turning bodies away from traditional family battalions and padding others out with commonwealth soldiers when they cant recruit from the traditional areas because their catchments have moved or the kids are just drugged up wasters
  10. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    pre or post secession? and important question as pre secession the fighters will be a shade of brown and speak funny, post secession the UK will just NUKE edinburgh and have done with it :)

    mind you 4am on a saturday night edinburgh is full of zombies so they probably wouldn't notice until it was too late to act.

    is wee eck in it?
  11. 650 in a modern Battalion. If it is a TA Battalion, it's raining, Forest are at home on Saturday and you've been offered Sunday overtime then this may reduce to about 80.
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  12. 3 RIFLES as well as 1 & 2 SCOTS are based in Edinburgh as well Chockster. Wouldn't want to have 1'5-2'000 regular infantry soldiers mulling about doing nowt during the zombie insurrection :) !
  13. If it's based in Scotland how will anyone be able to tell the difference between normal life and zombie invasion?
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  14. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    you follow their movement patterns and tabulate with the dole offices and signing on days