This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the structure of the army and the history of the various formations from which it was constructed.
What is an order of battle?
An Order of Battle (often shortened to ORBAT) is the identification, strength, command structure and disposition of the personnel, units and equipment of any military force. It is an organisational view of the army.
Many people find the various names of organisational units very confusing. There is good reason for this: it is confusing! For example the word Corps is used in three quite distinct ways. As a guide, we can look at it this way, starting with the individual. This is simplified but works in most cases.
The arrangements and names are a little different in the artillery:
How the Long, Long Trail can help
The constituent parts and history of every formation are here. Just click on the appropriate links:
A section of men from the 14th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, posing together with staff from their billet. Author's collection.
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