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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WWI Army Organizational Chart and Fighting Abroad

I compiled a listing for readers to have a better framework in understanding exactly how soldiers were organized in World War I. These terms are used extensively in describing military units.

Army Organizational Chart, World War I
Squad/Section: 9 to 10 soldiers
Platoon: 16 to 44 soldiers
Company/Battery /Troop: 62 to 190 soldiers
Battalion/Squadron: 300-1,000 soldiers
Brigade/Regiment/Group: 3,000-5,000 Soldiers
Division: 10,000-15,000 soldiers
Corps: 20,000-45,000 soldiers
Army: 50,000+ Soldiers

Source: DA Pamphlet 10-1

                                          Excerpt From "For The Love of Liberty" Documentary

Despite the countless heroic efforts displayed by African American soldiers in defeating the Central Powers, a pernicious campaign was launched to discredit them. This animosity was one of the many reasons that prevented Blacks in participating in combat units. It was not until World War II (1941-1945) that Blacks were given the opportunity to prove themselves. Hence, "For the Love of Liberty" is an appropriate title for the documentary on African Americans in the military. My father Clifford Primus would later make history as a member of the 51st Battalion, as a Montford Point Marine.

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