Infantry Battalion structure

#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?

Thanks

Chock
 
#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.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
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?

Thanks

Chock
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
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#11
it's a zombie novel based in Edinburgh, basically the emergency services are overrun and the Gvt send in the army to restore order.
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?
 
#13
it's a zombie novel based in Edinburgh, basically the emergency services are overrun and the Gvt send in the army to restore order.
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 :) !
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
If it's based in Scotland how will anyone be able to tell the difference between normal life and zombie invasion?
you follow their movement patterns and tabulate with the dole offices and signing on days
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
and regular zombies are green, moan uuuuuuurrrrggghh and eat brains

scottish zombies are blue, moan freeeeeeedooooom and eat stonners.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#17
Dont forget Pln HQ section, coy HQ , and all the hangers on in HQ coy!
 
#18
How do you kill a zombie if it's already dead? What's the ROE? Do you stand off with mortars, call in an air strike? Seems a bit unfair on the zombies - a bit like running tanks through a leper colony. I think the OP's been eating too many funny mushrooms, fuckin druggie.
 
#19
It's set in 2014, wee eck is on a trade mission to China, so doesn't get involved. :)
It starts of as a devolved matter for policing, and it's not until later in the day, that they realise too late what they're facing. SG formally ask UK GVt for assistance as the military is a UK reserved matter, COBRA is initiated and the politicians want the armed forces based in and around Edinburgh to engage the zombies ASAP, however, the Chiefs of staff want to hold off, as they don't want to engage during the night, would rather wait until they can deploy forces upto Edinburgh, so the battalions based up at Edinburgh 3RIFLES, 1SCOTS and 2SCOTS are ordered to enforce a quarantine zone around Edinburgh until more units arrive. 3SCOTS are ordered down from Fort George.

ROE is being sorted by Attorney General as the Chiefs of Staff want that clarified before they take any action, so there are aspects like that taken into consideration.

I was going to have the units based at Catterick, Chester & Preston move up during the night to Edinburgh, but also the TA units were to be called up too (so have asked some questions at the TA forum about being called up at short notice) and the rest of the UK units issued with a 72 hour notice period.

There are a couple of situations that involve small scale engagements take place (apart from the Royal Marines assualting a cruise ship (source of outbreak), but the big battle is not till the next day. It's basically the 4th Mechanised Brigade v around 25k zombies, and the politicans don't want any collateral damage to civilian buildings. They have worked out a way to draw the zombie swarms to a particular area within Edinburgh, Holyrood Park.

I've split the park into 4 different zones, with different units responsible for inflicting as much damage as possible (zombies can only be killed by destroying the brain) as the swarms pass through each zone.

There are a few twists to the plot, but I've written 105k words so far, but needed to know details about what weapons the armed forces have, how they would use them, the structure of certain units, how a Brigade HQ would be organised, how many soldiers does a TA battalion have, etc. I can get a lot of info from wikipedia about where units are based, what vehicles may be used, watch clips on youtube to see an AS-90 firing or Infantry Support weapons being tested or programmes on TV where a 40mm Grenade machine gun was used, I just need to put that down into my book in an organised method that's belivable in an unbelivable scenario.

I did the same for the emergency services and have that part nailed down.

So this site is great, coz you guys have experienced it and you know what you're talking about.

Thanks

Chock
 

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