AUSTRALIAN ARMY STRUCTURE
FORMATIONS AND SUB-UNITS
DURING WWII

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FORMATIONS STRUCTURE

Organisation Composed of Strength of organisation Commanded by
Army 2 or more Corps   General
Corps 2 or more Divisions 30,000 or more Lieutenant General
Division 3 Brigades 10,000 - 20,000 Major General
Brigade 3 Battalions 2,500 - 5,000 Brigadier (General)

 

SUB-UNITS STRUCTURE

Organisation Composed of Strength of organisation Commanded by
Battalion 4 Companies 550 - 1,000 Lieutenant Colonel
Company 3 Platoons 100 - 225 Captain or Major
Platoon 3 Sections 30 - 60 Lieutenant
Section - 9 - 16 Corporal or Sergeant

 

CORPS UNITS STRUCTURE

Army Service Corps, Engineers, Infantry, Intelligence, Military Police and Ordnance

Battalion (Bn)
Lieutenant Colonel

Section (Sect) - Corporal Platoon (Pl) - Lieutenant Company (Coy) - Captain or Major

 

Aviation, Cavalry/Armour, Engineers (post-1945), Signals and Transport

Regiment (Regt)
Lieutenant Colonel

Section (Sect) - Corporal Troop (Tp) - Lieutenant Squadron (Sqn) - Captain or Major

 

Artillery (pre-1939)

Brigade (Bde)
Lieutenant Colonel

Detachment (Det) - Sergeant Section (Sect) - Lieutenant Battery (Bty) - Major

 

Artillery (post-1939)

Regiment (Regt)
Lieutenant Colonel

Detachment (Det) - Sergeant Section (Sect) - Lieutenant Troop (Tp) - Lieutenant/Captain Battery (Bty) - Major

 

Organisation of an Infantry Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Military Organisation and Structure - AWM

 

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