» Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:15 pm
Okay. What follows is not completely worked out in all details, but it should
serve to give you a general idea.
Army of God organization:
An Army of God platoon consists of twenty-four men divided into two 12-man
squads, each commanded by a sergeant, plus a lieutenant assisted by a platoon
sergeant. Total manpower=28: 24 enlisted, 3 noncommissioned, 1 commissioned.
An army of God company consists of four platoons, a captain as the company
commander, a company sergeant, a standardbearer (colors sergeant), and a bugler
(considered enlisted). Total manpower=116: 97 enlisted, 14 noncommissioned, 5
An Army of God battalion there are no Army of God battalions at this time.
An Army of God regiment consists of four companies, a colonel as CO, a major as
his executive officer, a regimental sergeant; a surgeon (non-line commissioned)
and 3 assistants (noncommissioned), a bugler, 4 runners/couriers, a regimental
supply officer (non-line commissioned) and 3 noncommissioned assistants, and a
standardbearer (color sergeant). Total manpower=481: 393 enlisted, 64
noncommissioned, 24 commissioned.
An Army of God division consists of four regiments, a general, a colonel as his
executive officer, a division sergeant major, a surgeon and assistant surgeon
(both non-line commissioned) and 9 noncommissioned assistants, a division
supply officer and assistant (both non-line commissioned) and 9 noncommissioned
assistants, 2 divisional standardbearers (color sergeants), 8 runners/couriers,
a bugler, and the divisional band (1 commissioned, 2 noncommissioned, 12
enlisted) which also acts as stretcher bearers. Total manpower=1,975: 1,593
enlisted, 279 noncommissioned, 103 commissioned.
Because they are as yet inexperienced with rifles, the Army of God's planners
have adopted basically the same approach the Corisandians did in their initial
confrontation with the Charisians. Each company has two platoons of pikemen and
two platoons of riflemen, so the entire division is half pikes and half rifles.
Doctrine calls for a pike line to hold the cavalry at bay while the riflemen
either fire over the pikemen's heads, form on the flanks, or skirmish.
An Army of God cavalry platoon consists of 12 enlisted, 2 sergeants, 1
lieutenant, and 1 bugler. Total manpower=16: 13 enlisted, 2 noncoms, 1
An Army of God cavalry company consists of 4 cavalry platoons, 1 company
sergeant, 1 captain, 2 buglers, and 3 couriers. Total manpower=71: 57 enlisted,
9 noncoms, 5 officers.
An Army of God cavalry regiment consists of four cavalry companies, one company
sergeant, one standardbearer (color sergeant), 2 buglers, 1 colonel, 1 major
(as XO), one regimental sergeant (non-line commissioned) 6 assistant surgeons,
1 regimental farrier (non-line commissioned) and 12 assistants, 6 couriers, and
the regimental band (1 non-line commissioned, 1 sergeant, 6 enlisted). Total
manpower=324: 260 enlisted, 39 noncommissioned, 25 officers.
There are no formal Army of God cavalry formations larger than regiments. Army
of God cavalry regiments are still thought of as pure shock formations,
equipped with lances and swords, but each trooper has now also been equipped
with a pair of pistols. In order to save time (and money) these are smoothbore
pistols on the assumption that they're going to be inaccurate fired from
horseback anyway and that they will be used at very short range. They do give
Army of God cavalry a limited fire capability.
Army of God is organized into artillery regiments, each consisting of four
batteries of six guns each, roughly 12-pounders.
An Army of God artillery section consists of two guns, each with a crew of 11
1 sergeant and 10 enlisted, commanded by a lieutenant with a sergeant to assist
him. Total manpower=26: 22 enlisted, 3 noncommissioned, and 1 officer.
An Army of God artillery battery consists of 3 sections commanded by a captain,
with one commissioned supply officer attached, a sergeant, and 4
runners/couriers. Total manpower=79: 70 enlisted, 4 noncommissioned, and 5
An Army of God artillery regiment consists of four batteries, commanded by a
major, with a lieutenant as his XO, a commissioned supply officer, a battery
sergeant major, and 6 runners/couriers.
He has attached to his battery a maintenance officer (usually a captain or a
major), with 3 sergeants and 30 enlisted, who also drive the four repair wagons
and portable forge (six horses or one dragon, each) and are responsible for
repairs and maintenance the gun crews themselves can't provide. Total
manpower=35: 30 enlisted, 3 noncommissioned, 2 officers.
Each artillery regiment also has an attached surgeon and assistant surgeon
(both noncommissioned line) and 8 assistants. Total manpower=10: 8 enlisted, 2
In addition, each gun has a limber (6 horses or one dragon) and each section
has a caisson/ammunition wagon (6 horses or one dragon). The limber crew
consists of a sergeant (the driver) and 3 assistants (who normally ride horses
or the draft dragon). Total manpower (per regiment)=96: 72 enlisted, 24
The ammunition wagon is driven by a "civilian" crew provided by the
Church, which consists of five men per wagon.) Total manpower (per
So an Army of God artillery regiment, with supports, consists of:
24 limbers, and
12 ammunition wagons
527 men: 472 enlisted, 54 commissioned, 46 commissioned.
36 horses or equivalent in dragons.
The Royal Dohlaran Army's
An infantry platoon consists of two sections (not called squads) of sixteen
men, each commanded by a corporal, a platoon sergeant, a standardbearer (color
sergeant), and a lieutenant. Total manpower=37 men: 32 enlisted, 4
noncommissioned, and 1 officer.
An infantry company consists of six infantry platoons commanded by a major,
with a captain as his XO. He is assisted by a company sergeant, a
standardbearer (color sergeant), a bugler, and 2 noncommissioned clerks
assigned to the color party in battle. Total manpower: 229: 192 enlisted, 29
noncommissioned, and 8 officers.
An infantry regiment consists of six infantry companies commanded by a colonel
with a major as his XO. He is assisted by a regimental sergeant, a
standardbearer (color sergeant), a bugler, and 6 noncommissioned clerks
assigned to the color party in battle. Also attached to the regiment is the
regimental surgeon, with 3 assistant surgeons and 12 noncommissioned
assistants. Total manpower: 1,398: 198 noncommissioned, and 53 officers.
The infantry regiment is the primary maneuver unit of the Royal Dohlaran Army.
Divisions are primarily administrative rather than maneuver formations, and a
divisional commander usually is the senior regimental commander of the
division. Normally, two infantry regiments are grouped together into a
division; the Royal Dohlaran Army is not organized on a brigade system. One
company in each regiment is equipped as pikemen. In the majority of infantry
regiments, 3 companies are armed with rifles and 2 companies are armed with
muskets. Rifles remain in short supply (as of the beginning of the 896
campaign), however, and approximately 1 third of all regiments have 2 companies
of rifles and 3 companies of muskets, in some few cases still matchlocks. The
Royal Dohlaran Army has not been equipped with grenades.
Note: clerks attached to color parties are also utilized as couriers/runners.
The Royal Dohlaran Army is "infantry heavy" by the standards of most
mainland armies outside the Republic of Siddarmark. Approximately 1/2 of its
pre-Jihad manpower is organized into cavalry units, in which the nobility is
heavily represented. Dohlaran cavalry is organized primarily for shock combat,
although approximately 1/4 of all Dohlaran cavalry units are medium cavalry, or
dragoons, armed primarily with arbalests or horse bows with sabers as their
primary melee weapon. Dohlar has as yet made no effort to produce cavalry
carbines or rifles, but the majority of their heavy cavalry is equipped
(largely out of its own resources) with a pair of horse pistols, many of which
are double-barreled, virtually none of which are rifled.
A cavalry platoon consists of 3 sections, each of 10 troopers commanded by a
corporal, a platoon sergeant, a standardbearer (color sergeant), and a
lieutenant. Total manpower=36: 30 enlisted, 5 noncommissioned, and 1 officer.
A cavalry company consists of 4 sections, commanded by a major with a captain
as his XO. He is assisted by a company sergeant, a standardbearer, 2 buglers,
and 4 noncommissioned clerks (attached to the color party). Total manpower=154:
120 enlisted, 28 noncommissioned, and 6 officers.
A cavalry regiment consists of 4 companies, commanded by a colonel with a major
as his XO. He is assisted by a regimental sergeant, 2 regimental
standardbearers (color sergeants), two buglers, and 8 noncommissioned clerks
(attached to the color party). Also attached to the regiment is the regimental
surgeon, with 3 assistant surgeons and 12 noncommissioned assistants. Total
manpower=646: 480 enlisted, 137 noncommissioned, and 29 officers.
As with infantry, there are no permanent Dohlaran cavalry divisions. Cavalry
regiments are organized into "pure" dragoon or heavy cavalry. Two
companies in each heavy cavalry regiment are lancers; the other two are
Dohlaran cavalry regiments do not have permanently assigned farriers. This is
dealt with at the army/corps level (although the concept of a "corps"
is not yet part of Dohlaran thinking on anything except an administrative
The Dohlaran artillery is organized on the same pattern as the Army of God's
artillery, but the Dohlarans have deployed 6-pounder pieces with their cavalry
units. These guns are not equipped with exploding shells. They have the same
number of horses (dragons are not used for the horse artillery) as the
infantry's 12-pounders, in order to provide them with the ability to keep up
with the cavalry in the field.
In addition, at the instigation of the Earl of Thirsk (and despite a certain
amount of spinal reflex opposition from his superiors), the RDA is in the
process of fielding a 6-inch and a 4-inch howitzer (actually more like a
mortar, given the shortness of the barrel). The 6-inch weapon is organized as
the 12-pounder batteries, while the 4-inch weapon is the horse artillery
Artillery is not permanently attached at the regimental level but assigned from
the central army reserve as is deemed necessary.
The Imperial Desnairian
The Imperial Desnairian Army is traditionally heavily biased towards its
cavalry. Infantry has always been more or less an afterthought, which has been
compensated for to some extent by the Desnairian cavalry's willingness to fight
dismounted. The infantry units described below are new for the IDA and have not
(pre-896) been tested in combat.
An infantry company consists of 5 platoons, each of 25 enlisted men, commanded
by a lieutenant assisted by a company sergeant, 4 corporals, a standardbearer
(color sergeant), 2 noncommissioned company clerks, and a bugler. Total
manpower=135: 125 enlisted, 9 noncommissioned, 1 officer.
An infantry regiment consists of 5 infantry companies, commanded by a major
with a captain as his XO, assisted by a regimental sergeant major, 5 regimental
sergeants, 1 standardbearer, 4 noncommissioned company clerks, and 2 buglers.
Total manpower=690: 625 enlisted, 58 noncommissioned, and 7 officers.
As in the Royal Dohlaran Army, the infantry regiment is the primary maneuver
element. Only about half of the IDA's infantry is equipped with firearms, but
the remaining pikemen have been transitioned to arbalests, so there are no pure
melee infantry units in the IDA. About 1/3 of all Desnairian infantry firearms
are still matchlock muskets; the remaining firearms are all "modern"
muzzleloading rifles with socket bayonets, and similar bayonets have been
manufactured for the matchlocks.
All medical services in the IDA are centralized at the army/corps level. Sick
and wounded are expected to get themselves back to central aid posts or, in
encampments, are visited in rotation by healers from headquarters.
Traditionally, the cavalry have been the elite arm of the IDA. This is one
reason the Church created the Grand Duchy of Silkiah, because otherwise
Siddarmark's pikemen would have kicked the Desnairians' butt.
Desnairian cavalry are either heavy, medium, and light. All are organized on
the same pattern, but the heavy cavalry is armored in half-plate and armed with
classic shield and lance. Medium cavalry wears chain with a smaller shield
normally slung across the trooper's back to free his hands for a composite
horse bow. One third of the cavalry in any medium cavalry regiment is not armed
with a bow, however, and carries a lance instead. The light cavalry wears
leather buff, a light breastplate, and a helmet. They are armed with composite
horse bows, swords, and around a quarter of them may carry small shields slung
across their backs, as well. There are no light Desnairian lancers.
A cavalry company consists of 10 sections, each of 5 enlisted men and headed by
a corporal, and is commanded by a captain, with a lieutenant as his XO, and
assisted by a company sergeant, a standardbearer (color sergeant), 2 buglers,
and 3 noncommissioned clerks (who join the color party in combat). Total
manpower=69 men: 50 enlisted, 17 noncommissioned, and 2 officers.
A cavalry regiment consists of 10 cavalry companies, commanded by a colonel
with a major as his XO, assisted by a regimental sergeant major, 2 regimental
sergeants, 2 standardbearers, 2 buglers, and 6 noncommissioned clerks (who join
the color party in combat). Total manpower=705: 500 enlisted, 183
noncommissioned, and 22 officers.
There are no permanent cavalry formations larger than a regiment, although the
IDA does occasionally brigade 2 regiments together, at which time the senior
colonel commands the brigade. Multiple brigades may be combined tactically
under a single officer's command, but there is no provision for this on a
Although the IDA's medical support is concentrated at the army/corps level, it
is not unusual for special mounted medical detachments to be assigned to
cavalry forces sent on independent missions.
Desnairian cavalry units are supported by centralized farriers and
veterinarians, but each regiment will normally have one officer and two or
three noncommissioned clerks who are designated as being in charge of the
The Desnairian artillery is organized on much the same basis as that of the
Army of God and the Royal Dohlaran Army. However, the Desnairians, with their
greater number of cavalry, have adopted an even higher percentage of horse
artillery than the Dohlarans. This represents, in part, a failure on their part
to fully appreciate what the range and accuracy of rifles mean for light,
smoothbore artillery. It also does represent an appreciation of the mobility of
light guns, however, and they have actually tinkered up a 9-pounder heavy horse
gun which is capable of firing a (very light) explosive shell.
The Desnairians have shown no interest in howitzers at this time.
Imperial Charisian Army
The Imperial Charisian Army, having possessed rifles and artillery longer than
anyone else, having the first breech-loading rifle in production, and having
the advantage of advice from Merlin and Owl, has adopted a doctrine and an
organization radically different from that of its opponents. Recognizing that
rifle-armed lines which stand in the open and blaze away at one another aren't
going to lead primarily to mutual slaughter, they have embraced the concept of
skirmishers and open-order combat, which places a far higher premium on the
abilities of junior officers and noncoms, since senior officers cannot control
such dispersed forces.
An infantry platoon consists of 4 squads, each consisting of 12 enlisted and 1
corporal, commanded by a lieutenant assisted by a platoon sergeant and 3 lance
corporals to serve as runners and clerks. Total manpower=57 men: 48 enlisted, 8
noncommissioned, and 1 officer.
An infantry company consists of 4 platoons and is commanded by a captain,
assisted by a company sergeant, a company color sergeant (who may or may not
actually carry a standard in the field), and five lance corporals to serve as
runners and clerks. In addition, each company is assigned 1 surgeon with 4
assistants (enlisted). Total manpower=241: 196 enlisted, 39 noncommissioned,
and 6 officers.
Each platoon lieutenant in the company is assigned a staff function under the
system adopted by Duke Eastshare and Baron Green Valley.
An infantry support platoon consists of 4 squads of mortars of 3 mortars each.
Each mortar has a crew of 6 (mortar captain, loader, spotter, and three
assistant gunners/loaders) commanded by a corporal (serves as gun captain), and
each squad is commanded by a sergeant. The platoon is commanded by a
lieutenant, assisted by a platoon sergeant. Total manpower=74: 60 enlisted, 13
noncommissioned, 1 officer.
An infantry battalion consists of 4 infantry companies and one attached
infantry support platoon, and is commanded by a major, with a captain as his
XO/adjutant, assisted by a battalion sergeant major, a battalion color sergeant
(who may or may not actually carry a standard in the field), and 10 lance
corporals to serve as runners and clerks. In addition, each battalion is
assigned 1 surgeon, 3 assistant surgeons, and 12 enlisted surgeon's assistants.
Total manpower=1,071: 856 enlisted, 181 noncommissioned, and 31 officers.
An infantry regiment consists of four infantry battalions and is commanded by a
colonel, with a major as his XO/adjutant. He has an additional surgeon and 3
assistant surgeons, and an additional 12 enlisted surgeon's assistants. He is
assisted by a regimental sergeant major, a regimental color sergeant (who may
or may not actually carry a standard in the field), and 10 lance corporals to
serve as runners/clerks. Total manpower=4,314: 3,436 enlisted, 748
noncommissioned, 130 officers.
An infantry brigade consists of two infantry regiments and is commanded by a
brigadier with a colonel as his XO/adjutant. He is assigned a formal staff of 5
captains and/or lieutenants. The brigade surgeon has 3 assistant surgeons and
12 enlisted surgeon's assistants. The brigade noncommissioned staff consists of
a brigade sergeant major, a brigade color sergeant, and 10 lance corporals to
serve as runners/clerks. Total manpower=8,662: 6,884 enlisted, 1,508
noncommissioned, and 270 officers.
An infantry division consists of two infantry brigades commanded by a general
with a colonel as his executive officer/adjutant and 5 captains or majors as
staff. The brigade surgical group and noncommissioned staff repeat at the
divisional level. Total manpower=17,358: 13,780 enlisted, 3,028, and 550
In addition, each brigade has its own permanently assigned, integral artillery
battalion (see below).
The Imperial Charisian Armys cavalry is organized tactically as the infantry
into platoons, companies, battalions, and regiments. Cavalry brigades are
primarily administrative units, although an entire brigade can be assembled at
need. There are currently (896) no Charisian cavalry divisions, however. Note
that cavalry battalions have integral mortar companies, just as infantry, with
the tubes and ammunition packed on horse and/or mule back.
All Charisian cavalry are armed with sabers in addition to rifles and bayonets.
In addition, one platoon in each company (i.e., 1/4 of all cavalry in a
formation) is also armed with a lance. Charisian cavalry are also armed with 2
twin barreled, rifled pistols at this time (896). Revolvers will be issued as
they become available.
A Charisian cavalry bridage is normally permanently assigned a battalion of
horse-drawn field guns.
Charisian field artillery is divided into field guns and "angle guns"
(or howitzers). The field guns are all (896) either 12-pounder Napoleon
smoothbores or 4" muzzleloading rifles. The angle guns are 6" weapons
and all of them are rifled muzzleloaders.
An artillery section consists of 2 guns, regardless of type. Each gun is crewed
by 12 men commanded by a sergeant. An additional sergeant commands the section.
So an artillery section consists of 27 men: 24 enlisted and 3 noncommissioned.
An artillery battery consists of 4 sections, regardless of type. It is
commanded by a captain, assisted by two lieutenants, a battery sergeant major,
and 4 lance corporals to serve as runners/clerks. So an artillery battery
consists of 116 men: 96 enlisted, 17 noncommissioned, and 3 officers.
An artillery battalion consists of four batteries, regardless of type. It is
commanded by a major, assisted by two lieutenants or captains, a battery
sergeant major, and 8 lance corporals to serve as runners/clerks. So an
artillery battalion consists of 476 men: 384 enlisted, 77 noncommissioned, and
An artillery regiment consists of four artillery battalions, regardless of
type. It is commanded by a colonel, assisted by two captains, a regimental
sergeant major, and 12 lance corporals to serve as runners/clerks. So an
artillery regiment consists of 1,920 men: 1,536 enlisted, 321 noncommissioned,
and 63 officers.
Charisian artillery is not normally organized into higher formations than this,
which, after all, would amount to 64 pieces. An artillery regiment may consist
of mixed types, field guns and angle guns, but strenuous efforts are made to
avoid mixing smoothbores and rifles.
Charisian artillery has no organic medical support; it depends upon the
infantry and/or cavalry with which it is deployed.
Charisian artillery does not use separate limber and caisson drivers and
gunners; the gun crew is responsible for the caisson and the gun itself and
each gun details one man to assist with driving the artillery wagons. Charisian
draft is provided by dragons for guns assigned to the infantry and by teams of
horses and/or mules for those assigned to the cavalry. Horse artillery uses
8-horse teams for guns and ammunition wagons; foot artillery normally uses one
dragon per gun and one dragon per ammunition wagon.
The ICA's mortar is a 3" weapon. It has the following specifications:
Caliber in inches 3.0
Projectile weight in pounds 10.0
Bursting charge HE 2.0
Bursting charge AP 1.0
Barrel length in feet 4.0
Barrel weight in pounds 65.0
Baseplate weight in pounds 115.5
Bipod weight in pounds 27.5
Elevation unit weight in lbs. 26.0
Total weight of piece in lbs. 234.0
Muzzle velocity in ft/sec 650.0
Minimum range in yards 300.0
Maximum range in yards 2,500.0
Lethal radius in feet HE 30.0
Lethal radius in feet AP 50.0
It is a rifled weapon, with studs engaging in rifling. The end of the
projectile terminates in a short rod into which a percussion cap is inserted
and around which the propelling charge, a circular cloth "donut" of
gunpowder, is wrapped. The round is indexed into the rifling and dropped down
the tube, at which point the firing pin on the base of the rod detonates the
percussion cap which, in turn, fires the propelling charge.
The HE round is fitted with an impact fuse and its case sides are thinner than
those of a conventional shell because of its lower muzzle velocity, which
allows its charge to be proportionately heavier, coming close to the
effectiveness of a 4" smoothbore shell's. The antipersonnel round is a
shrapnel round with a timed fuse. It normally takes at least a couple of rounds
to judge fuse settings properly, and they are not completely reliable. As an
antipersonnel weapon, however, the shrapnel round is superior to the HE round
because the black powder charge tends to shatter the case into very lethal but
relatively few fragments.
Republic of Siddarmark
A Siddarmarkian regiment, pre-Sword of Schueler, consisted of 1,800 pikemen and
450 light infantry for a total of 2,2500 men.
The pikes are divided into 4 companies (considered battalions by anyone else)
consisting of 15 sections of 30 men each. Fourteen of the sections are formed
into 7 60-man companies; the 15th section is the company HQ section under the
direct command of the company commander. In battle formation, each full platoon
forms a double line with one section in each. Since each man requires twice the
depth that he does width in formation, 15 sections formed directly behind one
another would make a formation 30 men across and 15 men deep, which would be 30
A Siddarmarkian regiment forms for battle with two of its pike companies
abreast and the other two formed directly behind it, producing a formation
which is 60 men across and 30 men deep, or a square 60 yards on a side.
During an approach march, a regiment's light infantry (arbalesteers or
musketeers) areformed into 5 lines, each 3 sections (90 men) wide, which
overlaps the front of the pikes square by fifty percent, in order to screen the
pikes against enemy missile fire. They can also be pulled back into the
intervals between the squares and once the squares advance into melee, they
fall back to clear the field. The light infantry are armed with swords in
addition to their missile weapons.
Siddarmarkian cavalry is less numerous and less heavily armored than, say,
Desnairian cavalry, but is armed with a lance and a sword. About 20% of all
Siddarmarkian cavalry is equipped with a horse bow, rather than a lance.
Siddarmarkian couriers attached to HQs wear red brassards to indicate their
assignments (and prevent them from being stopped if it looks like they might be
running for the rear when theyre actually delivering a message).
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