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Some While Ago I Made A Video

about platoons and if you want to see that video. You can click in the square here and then you can catch up but see a lot of people asked me Would I make a video about the next size of unit up which is the company and yes I shall this is that video so I argued in my platoons video that the platoon is a natural size of unit. It’s to do with the number of men that one man can command in detail actually physically seeing where they all are keeping them all within shouting range and so forth and I’m going to be arguing that the company is also a natural size of unit and it’s more to do with the number of men that one man can get to know you see There is a limit number of. people that we can get to know and keep track of there aren’t that many people that you could borrow something off it’s very unlikely. There are more than 150 names in your address book.

For Example, And If You Lend Someone Something

you’ve got to remember that you’ve done that and you’ve got to have established a relationship with that person. So there’s that level of trust and there’s going to be a reasonable chance of your meet with them again in the predictable future, so you can get that thing back. The number of people that you would lend something to happily is very unlikely to be over 150. If you plot on the graph the size of the neocortex that’s the part of the brain, which tracks social relationships with the size of group that an animal lives in you will find that animals with large neocortex. is live in larger groups necessary of course, because they have to track all those relationships and if you use that to predict how many a human would know it’s about yep you guessed it 150 and the company almost never goes beyond 150 It’s usually fair bit lower than that there might be say a hundred men in a company now I’m going to show you a British army.

Its Going To Be A Parachute Unit Because

why not I’ve painted the figures from World War two to illustrate a company. Though almost everything I’m going to say could apply to companies from all different nationalities and almost all of the modern period that’s a 20th century and later now just very quickly let us remind ourselves or what constitutes a platoon. A platoon is made up of sections. You have three sections and each section is commanded by. corporal and has a rifle group and has in the case of the World War Two section A gun group one armed with in the British Army a Bren gun so that’s a section and there might be say eight men in a section I’ve only got seven in these sections, but I didn’t want have to paint more figures than was absolutely necessary and then you also have a headquarters section and you have the platoon commander whose might be a captain, but he’s far more likely to be a left hand, and then you have his sergeant his runner and his Batman who are assisting him and then you have the platoon support weapons which has there’s the anti-tank capability capability which in the case of a British platoon was in the late war the UK and you’re also in a British platoon had a two inch mortar.

That Is One Platoon Something In

the region of 30 to 35 men or something like that and in a company. You have three platoons Not necessarily three. There might be four or there might be two, but I’m going to go with three, Which is the Communist number and and there is a rule of thumb. I’ve noticed that the more elite a unit, the smaller the number of parts. So for instance, commandos might have just two sections to a platoon and maybe just two billet uns to a company and less elite units might have four of everything but anyway we’re going to go with three.

Because Its The Communist Number Now Who Would

command all this well. You would have a a major typically would be commanding this if he’s in the British Army and a major would have a crown on his epaulet and with. The major would be the company Sergeant major, perhaps or he might be with the deputy commander of the company. So there are two commanders for a company, typically the commander who’s usually a colonel and the deputy commander who’s usually a captain and in the British Army World WAr two. It would be with the deputy commander that there would be an accompanying radio team.

Now Thats One Big Difference Between World

War two and the modern armies of the world in World War two. Typically the first radios appear at company level, and a company would have perhaps just one radio modern armies have far better radios and far more of them, but anyway World War Ii that’s the guy deputy commander and he would stay typically a little bit back from the front and he’s with the radio team. He’s trying to keep communications with other companies. And with battalion or even further up so you don’t want him right in the thick of it because it you know he has to operate the radio and try to coordinate with other teams, but should the the major normally a major in command of the the whole company. If he should go down, then it would be the deputy commander would have to step up the company.

Sergeant Major Would Be With One

of these two officers, so each of them has a team of perhaps three or four men to assist act as runners and so forth. Now the company commander is the most senior commander in the army who is expected to get stuck in put himself in danger. He’s expected to get forward and get his head into a position so he can see the enemy see what needs to be done and then give. orders to his platoon commanders to get on with the job of doing whatever it was that needs doing he the major commanding the company would not decide where every last man goes no no no. The platoon commanders they decide where their sections go and within the sections the section commanders decide where individual guys actually put themselves, so the orders from a major would just usually be to the platoon commanders and then they are trained when they’re to get on with the job.


This distinction of whether you’re a fighting soldier or not is quite an important one and a good example is Herbert Jones who became a lieutenant colonel in the Paras and in 1982 and the Falklands. He charged a machine-gun nest and yes he knew the battle was his cassette success They did take out the machine-gun nests well done but in the. was killed and a lot of people were rather critical of this because he’s the battalion commander He’s not supposed to be putting himself in harm’s way like that he’s not meant to be charging King Kong nests. He’s supposed to be coordinating the companies under his command and they’re supposed to be putting themselves in danger and getting forward.

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Now Actually There Was There Were

some people arguing that he should have been perhaps even posthumously. Court-martialed for what he did, but actually they decided to give him the Victoria Cross instead so he won the Victoria Cross and it’s interesting. I saw an interview with a lot of troopers who were in his battalion and the way they reacted to the news that he had been killed was rather interesting because they heard that the battalion commander had been killed they thought oh right anyway there’s a job. be done bullets were flying around they they could see the enemy. They were stuck in and there was a military situation that they were in and that was what was worrying them and they all said These interviewees.

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These Ordinary Troopers That If Their Company

commander had been killed, that would really have worried them because he was the guy who was running the show he was the guy. They could see at the front actually coordinating the platoons to do their job and win the battle. The battalion commander was usually out of sight somewhere dealing with other things and liaison with even more senior commanders higher up the chain he’s usually out of sight out of mind. Your company commander he’s forward he’s with you he’s giving you orders and he’s putting himself in danger sharing danger with you now those of you who’ve seen easy companies. Adventures in Band of Brothers will know that it’s about the company the men of Easy Company.

They Feel That They Served With

Easy Company and they probably didn’t know many of the men from other companies. If you’re in a company the chances are that you will get to know all the other men in your company and you’ll get to know your officer and he will get to know you and that’s one of the reasons that the company is a natural size of unit the company commander. The major is quite likely to know the names of all the men under his command. I know all of you quite likely to get to know all of them under his command. Bit like a schoolteacher gets to know all the pupils in that school teachers own classes, a company commander can know his men can know bit about.

Them As Well Not Just Their

names, but what skills they have that perhaps about their family background. He keeps track of them and this means that in the field. When the bullets are flying around he can run up to anyone who’s in his company immediately recognized him shouted him call him by his name give him an order and expect it to be carried out because that trooper looking up will see his officer immediately recognizing recognize his voice and think Oh I’ve been given law that fair enough. I’ll just carry it out, but what if someone else ran over some other battalion commander or division commander and gave an order who’s this guy. I’ve never met him.

I Dont Know His Voice.

I don’t know his name can I trust him within the company a company commander can just give orders vocally He can just say. Just blue tuned commander do this The tune Commander can say right Sergeant do that and it go down the line all without any need for written orders, but above company level you need to get formal. You need to start having things like signed written orders because you may be given an order by someone you don’t know and don’t necessarily trust but you know he’s given the right codes and so forth all right yes I’ve been given the orders. I accept this as authentic but some bloke that you don’t know shouting an order at you in the middle of a battle who the hell’s here does he have my best interests at heart.

I Dont Know Im Serving With

my men. I will share the danger with my men I will do things to keep my men safe because they’re my guys they’re in my company. that’s how the men of Easy Company felt about each other and that’s how those troopers in Goose Green in 1982 they felt about the members of their company. This is our company I will do stuff in order to to to further the interests of.


The company is also a natural size of unit and it’s more to do with the number of men that one man can get to know . Animals with large neocortex live in larger groups necessary of course, because they have to track all those relationships . The number of people that you would lend something to happily is very unlikely to be over 150. The company almost never goes beyond 150. It’s usually a fair bit lower than that there might be say a hundred men in a company now I’m going to show you a British army.& It’s going to be a parachute unit because why not I’ve painted the figures from World War two to illustrify them from the World War Two to . illustrine the size of the parachute unit of the British army . I made a video about platoons and if you want to see that video. You can click in the square here and then you can catch up with the rest of the video.& You can read it here….. Click here to read more and watch the full video