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What is a Regiment?

The British Army is divided up into a number of regiments, which are administrative units. From 1782 these had a geographical affiliation. Each regiment is led by a Colonel.

Regiments vary in size at different times but each consists of one or more fighting units called battalions. In 1803 the Norfolk Regiment had one battalion, in 1915 it had eight battalions on active service overseas. Battalions are led by Lieutenant Colonels.

Within battalions of between 600-1200 men there are Companies of 80 to 120 men commanded by a Captain or Major. Within a Company there are Platoons of 25- 40 men commanded by a 2nd Lieutenant or Lieutenant and within Platoons, Sections led by Corporals of sergeants.

bullet point What is a Regiment?
bullet point From 9th to Norfolk
bullet point The Changing Name of The Regimet
bullet point Colours
bullet point Battle Honours
bullet point Britannia
bullet point Holy Boys
bullet point The Regiment in The First World War
bullet point The Second World War
bullet point The Regiment After the War
bullet point National Service
bullet point The Korean War
bullet point Hong Kong & The New Territories
bullet point The Cyprus Emergency 1955-59
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