Sunday, February 13, 2005

The British Infantry Battalion in May 1940

The British infantry battalion, in May 1940, had the following establishment:
  • 780 men in battalion headquarters, headquarters company, and four rifle companies
  • They carried 734 Lee-Enfield Mk.III rifle with a short magazine and a 17in bayonet
  • 50-light machine guns
  • 2-3in mortars
  • 12-2in mortars
  • 22-anti-tank rifles
  • 10-carriers (some variant of the basic Carden-Lloyd carrier)

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