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Glad_its_all_over

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But is that not the same for US Army Cav/Aviation? Lt Cols Command the “Squadron”, which is actually their name for a Battalion?

Or are they literally Commanding 60(ish) blokes and gals?
A touch different. The high-end special mission units use 'squadron' in the British sense, around 60-80 specialist types in the doorkicking line of business. I *thought* squadron commanders in these units were OF-3, though, but I'm sure you're right.

The cavalry use 'squadron' = 'battalion' and 'troop' = company. In the cav, an OF-4 commands a squadron and an OF-2 a troop.
 

Glad_its_all_over

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CDS I want a square Armoured Divison self-sufficient and on the ground in Ukraine within 72 hours and 1,2,3 go...
"Hang on, General, I'll phone the Poles and see if they can help".
 
Square Armd Div...... I will be expecting my call up papers any day now, I'm 64 but it is only a short walk to the local TA centre with these f,ked up knee-caps.

(Edited to add:- we only had binary Armd Divs in the 70's).
 
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Cynical

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Swiftly followed by mass P45s for a lot of senior officers,
IS there a precedent for that?
In the Senior Service perhaps the unfortunate Admiral Byng still casts a shadow, but when was the last senior officer sacked for military incompetence (excluding filling in expenses forms)?
Of course the Light Blue hit the jackpot when they sidetracked Dowding shortly after he (and pretty much he alone) won the Battle of Britain.
 
IS there a precedent for that?
In the Senior Service perhaps the unfortunate Admiral Byng still casts a shadow, but when was the last senior officer sacked for military incompetence (excluding filling in expenses forms)?
Of course the Light Blue hit the jackpot when they sidetracked Dowding shortly after he (and pretty much he alone) won the Battle of Britain.
Didn't AVM Keith Park have a lot to do with it- who was also sidetracked.
 

Alamo

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Park was The Man. I have the BofB 75 edition of the Air Power journal, which contains many of his directives to Sector Controllers. Talk about the ability to clearly communicate comd’s intent with clarity and brevity.

(when I opined to AOC 11 Gp that this was a skill RAF senior officers had lost, he looked at me like a dog watching the telly).
 

Mölders 1

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Park was The Man. I have the BofB 75 edition of the Air Power journal, which contains many of his directives to Sector Controllers. Talk about the ability to clearly communicate comd’s intent with clarity and brevity.

(when I opined to AOC 11 Gp that this was a skill RAF senior officers had lost, he looked at me like a dog watching the telly).

A.V.M. Park is/was the finest Fighter Controller ever.

Not only did he command 11 Group with outstanding competence during the Battle Of Britain, his Forward Interception Plan he devised during the siege of Malta really turned the tables on the Luftwaffe who were forced to abandon their Air Offensive on the island due to intolerable losses of the bombers.

No one will ever achieve what he did on those two different occasions and if l had my way there would be a Nelson type column of Park standing in Trafalgar Square.

My apologies for the thread drift.
 

Glad_its_all_over

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... won the Battle of Britain.

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SO3 meme and Spicy Subaltern Meme are being very nasty about the Rangers.
 
That’s a hilarious interview.

And going to cause some very sad para and bootneck staff officers who’ve been very hard not to use the word “special” and have been using “specialised”. And all for naught. Poor them.
 
That’s a hilarious interview.

And going to cause some very sad para and bootneck staff officers who’ve been very hard not to use the word “special” and have been using “specialised”. And all for naught. Poor them.
He certainly says some unusual things. His comments between 2 min 09 and 2 min 16 for example.
 

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