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Encyclopedia > Battlegroup (army)

The battlegroup is the basic building block of an army's fighting formation. A battlegroup is commanded by a Lt Colonel - the infantry battalion or armoured regiment under his command provides the command and staff element of the formation. It is then structured with the appropriate mix of armour, infantry and support arms relevant to the task it is expected to perform. In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... In military terminology, a battalion consists of two to six companies typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. ...

The organisation of a battlegroup is flexible, and can be restructured quickly to cope with any changes in the situation. Typically, an offensive battlegroup may be structured around an armoured regiment, with two squadrons of main battle tanks supported by an infantry company; conversley, a more defensive battlegroup may be structured around an infantry battalion, with two companies and an armoured squadron. In support would be a reconnaissance troop, a low-level air defence detachment, an anti-tank section and engineering detachment, plus artillery support. A Squadron is a grouping of aircraft, naval vessels, armoured fighting vehicles or soldiers. ... The US M1A1 Abrams tank is a typical modern main battle tank. ... A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 100-200 soldiers. ...

The make-up of an armoured battlegroup built around an infantry battalion



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