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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:21 PM
Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:53 AM
4. No, a British (Infantry) Div consisted of three infantry brigades of four battalions. (There were exceptions to this, with more battalions occasionally in a brigade, particularly earlier in the war (but it could happen later as well), but occasionally later; the NZ Division had, for some time, four brigades. In early 1918 the divisional strength was in most cases reduced to three battalions in a brigade (a process which the Germans had started with their brigade equivalent, the regiment, in 1915).
I'm trying to find more information about the strenght of the British Army during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. If the queston/anwser have been placed earlier on this forum, I'm very sorry. But the more I've read about this subject, the more different information I've found.
1. How many British divisions were available (stand-by) at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme on 1 july 1916 ?
2. How many British divisions really took part in the fighting at the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916 ?
3. What was the strenght of a British (infantry)division during the Battle of the Somme ?
4. A British division consisted of 4 Brigades, and a Brigade consisted of 4 battalions ?
5. What was the actual strenght of a Brigade ?
6. The strengh of a battalion was about 1000 soldiers, but only about 800 of them went into action ?
7. Is it correct that 10% of a battalion didn't take part in the real fighting ?
8. Is the stenght of a British division, brigade and battalion still the same as in 1916 ?
Hope someone can help me. Many thanks !
Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:14 AM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 12:05 PM
A battalion consisted of approximately 1,000 soldiers. So a brigade (4 battalions) consisted of approximately 4,000 soldiers.
So a division (3 brigades) consisted of approximately 12,000 soldiers and 1,000 soldiers from divisional pioneers is a total of approximately 13,000 soldiers in a division ?
Posted 02 June 2011 - 01:38 PM