Organization of the

British Infantry Battalion

1938 to 1945

 

The British Infantry Battalion existed in a number of forms prior to and during the conflict itself.  For the purposes of this study the following types of Battalion are examined;

1.    The Infantry (Rifle) Battalion of the Infantry Brigade of an Infantry Division from 1938 to 1940.  (Note that the same Battalion was used in the Motor Divisions of 1939 to 1940).

2.    The Infantry Battalion of the Infantry Brigade of an Infantry Division from 1941 to 1942, including the modified organization used in the campaign in North Africa.

3.    The Infantry Battalion of the Infantry Brigade of an Infantry Division or an Armoured Division from 1943 to 1945.

Other variations of British Infantry Battalions will be detailed separately, as and when they are compiled.

Below are links to the files that make up this study.  The first is a narrative of the Battalion organization and how it evolved between 1938 and 1945.  This also includes appendices on weapons, ammunition and signal equipment.  There are then separate files detailing in full the information as found in the War Establishment for the unit concerned.  This gave the authorised numbers of personnel, transport and weapons for the unit at full strength and in all cases is derived from copies of the original War Establishment tables.  Where they are available amendments are also included, likewise will be any relevant information from additional documents.

All files in the below links are in PDF.

British Infantry Battalion organization 1938 to 1945 2nd draft uploaded June 2019

British Infantry Battalion April 1938

British Infantry Battalion April 1940

British Infantry Battalion June 1941

British Infantry Battalion (Middle East) April 1942

British Infantry Battalion (Middle East) November 1942

British Infantry Battalion April 1943 revised June 2019

British Infantry Battalion November 1944

 

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