The only Māori contingent to go to Gallipoli (and was subsequently re-formed as the Pioneer Battalion) to serve on the western front, where 336 men were killed. Here the battalion performs a haka for the visiting prime minister, William Massey (right), and his deputy Sir Joseph Ward. LEST WE FORGET.
Organisation of an Imperial Guard Army Above Regimental Size
Phew, that was a mouthful. Anyway, above the Regiment are a series of other formation sizes, all commanded by officers from the Adeptus Munitorum, the overarching command and logistics body of the Adeptus Terra that control and contains the Imperial Guard. Once a Guard officer is promoted past the rank of Colonel they become part of the Munitorum proper and are now in the ranks of the General Staff.
But what are their ranks and what do they command?
2 Battalions = 1 Regiment - Colonel 3 Regiments = 1 Brigade - Brigadier 3 Brigades = 1 Corps - Major-General 3 Corps = 1 Army - Lieutenant-General 2+ Armies = Army Group - General 2+ Army Groups = Front - Marshal 2+ Fronts = Front Group - Lord/Lady Marshal
Above this level we have Crusade Group (commanded by Lord/Lady Generals) and Crusades (commanded by Warmasters or Lord/Lady Solar).
A Crusade will typically consist of multiple Crusade Groups, with each Crusade Group assigned individual systems or - in the case of sparsely populated areas - sectors.
And how many people do these august individuals command? Well… assuming that a figure of 2,000 personnel per regiment is a reasonable ‘average’ (taking into account large regiments and small regiments), then:
1 Brigade = 6,000 1 Corps = 18,000 1 Army = 54,000 Army Group = 162,000 (3 Armies) Front = 486,000 (3 Army Groups) Front Group = 1,458,000 (3 Fronts) Crusade Group = 4,374,000 (3 Front Groups).
Sounds a lot, doesn’t it?
Bear in mind that the Red Army, according to official Soviet figures, had a peak strength during WW2 (1st Jan 1945) of 11,084,086 people!
Now admittedly a lot of the difference will be due to things like logistics personnel, so assuming a teeth-tail ratio of 1-3 (1 soldier to every 3 rear area Departmento Munitorum personnel) that means that 17,496,000 people (roughly) will be involved in an Imperial Guard Crusade Group.
This, of course, doesn’t count other Imperial forces, such as:
Local PDF Sisters of Battle and Frateris Militias Adeptus Mechanicus Legio Titanicus and Skitarii Adeptus Astartes Imperial Navy
In short, GW’s numbers are all wrong. Not saying mine are perfect - but they are at least a good starting point for a better understanding of the sheer size of the Imperial Guard and the Imperium’s main fighting force.
Naval Special Warfare Development Group The Navy’s Tier 1 Special Missions Unit
The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), or DEVGRU, is a U.S. Navy component of Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC. The primary mission of the Joint Special Operations Command is ostensibly to identify and eliminate terror cells worldwide. JSOC is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is charged to study special operations requirements and techniques to ensure interoperability and equipment standardization, plan and conduct special operations exercises and training, develop joint special operations tactics and execute special operations missions worldwide).
It is often referred to as SEAL Team Six, the name of its predecessor which was officially disbanded in 1987. DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command and operationally commanded by the Joint Special Operations Command. Most information concerning DEVGRU is classified and details of its activities are not usually commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense. Despite the official name changes, “SEAL Team Six” remains the unit’s widely recognized moniker. It is sometimes referred to in the U.S. media as a Special Missions Unit.
DEVGRU and its Army counterpart, Delta Force, are the United States military’s primary counter-terrorism units. Although DEVGRU was created as a maritime counter-terrorism unit, it has become a multi-functional special operations unit with several roles that include high-risk personnel/hostage extractions and other specialized missions.
The Central Intelligence Agency’s highly secretive Special Activities Division (SAD) and more specifically its elite Special Operations Group (SOG) often works with—and recruits—operators from DEVGRU. The combination of these units led to the most significant special operations success in the Global War On Terror.
Since so many nice people (thanks everyone who confirmed there was still interest in this project!) showed an interest in seeing this, here is my GAR calculations!
For additionally nerdery about how troopers are numbered, look under the cut.
Meta and / or discussion on the argument, as well as questions, are welcome as long as everyone stays polite.
Please do not take this as canon, this is all fanon stuff I made that I plan using for my stories and am only sharing for those interested in it, as well as for anyone who wants to use it too (I’d like a nod if that were ever to happen).
(I also headcanon that Sifo Dyas ordered 5 of these GAR, so for the actual numbers of clones produced take this and multiply for 5, and that’s why he needed funds from someone like Hego Damask).
The explanation beneath the cut was made with the idea of it being interactive, in the sense of explaining how you get the whole number out, allowing for anyone wanting to use it to make a streamlined process towards creating their own OCs numbers.
It was around 1230 in the morning. We were dispatched to a routine chest pain call. The patient said he had a heart condition and had an appointment with his specialist 80 miles away in the morning. He signed out AMA rather than get transported by ambulance a few hours earlier. While we were getting the paperwork signed, tones dropped for another call. “Medic ___ , Medic ___ Battalion 1, 3, 4, Command, respond ALS Red for CPR in progress on a one year old”. None of us flinched…
We packed up our gear, signed out the paperwork and left calmly without rushing the patient while he was taking his sweet time. We were 50/50 to being the closest medic unit to the scene. About 5-7 miles out from the call. We go en-route and rush to the scene. Another medic unit, 2 chiefs and 2 chaplains are on scene. Walking up I remember my heart racing. This was going to be my first code as a firefighter. I walked through the sliding glass door and immediately to my right I see a woman crying uncontrollably while a man comforts her, looking stunned. I look in the doorway ahead where I see a crowd of uniforms. In the center of the room I can see a small pale pair of legs moving every time a chest compression is done. I wait patiently outside the room unit it is my turn to swap in for chest compressions. When it is my turn I step in and kneel down just like my training says and use 2-3 fingers for CPR. No training prepares you for the feeling of a lifeless child underneath your fingertips, or the look on the child’s face, eyes closed, getting breaths from a bag valve mask. The feeling of lungs expanding under your fingers, or the sound of air passing through the trachea. After a few more rounds we all look around and the medic picks up the phone to get a declaration of death. Not required but a good idea for calls that might go to court. We all leave the room one by one and walk outside. Passing the parents who are still sobbing, you can see they realize what is now happening. They see the medic begin to walk over to them and tell them the same tired, but true line “Sorry, we did everything we could but unfortunately we were not able to save your son. “ We step outside and take in a few breaths of fresh air, many of us holding back the emotion that this call has brought out in all of us. We clean up our mess and leave the body in the room, making sure someone stays inside until deputies arrived and secure the now crime scene for investigation. We head back to quarters and shortly after laying in bed we get tapped out to another chest pain call. This time 18-20 miles away and it turned out to be an elderly woman with anxiety who just needed some company
Moments like this are moments that define your career and can make or break you. This job isn’t for the faint of heart. I dont even believe this is a job at all. It’s a calling. And nothing is going to take away my love for this career.
“Sniper’s Eye View: A telescopic sight mounted on the Remington sniper rifle carried by Corporal Tommy Romo, 21 (San Antonio, Texas), permits crosshair accuracy on targets more than 1,000 meters away. Romo is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines [1/27] (official USMC photo by Sergeant Dave Martinez).” 
From the Jonathan Abel Collection (COLL/3611), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.
2nd Cavary Regiment by The U.S. Army Via Flickr: Spc. Matthew Williams,a cavalry scout assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment fires a Stinger missile using Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) during Artemis Strike, a live fire exercise at the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) off the coast of Crete, Greece Nov. 6, 2017. (Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson, 10th AAMDC PAO)
During the First World War homing pigeons were used widely to transport communications between front line units and commanders in the rear. When the United States Army landed in large numbers on the Western Front in the summer of 1918, British pigeon fanciers donated 600 birds to them, one of which was a hen, soon to be named Cher Ami - French for ‘dear friend’.
On 3 October 1918 she, with Major Charles Whittlesey and more than 500 men, became trapped in a small depression on the side of a hill as an offensive was halted by German forces. There behind enemy lines, in dense woodland, food and ammunition quickly ran low and friendly fire began to rain down from allied guns oblivious to their location. After the first day just 194 men remained alive. Two pigeons were sent up with messages for aid but both were quickly shot down by German soldiers atop the hill. With just Cher Ami left, the following note was attached to her leg and she was released with the lives of 194 men dependent on her survival:
We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.
Rising into the treetops she met a hail of fire, taking a round to her breast (her punctured
sternum is shown on the left in the photograph) she began to bleed profusely. Another severed her the right leg leaving it hanging by a single tendon and yet another blinded her in one eye. She fell from the sky, only to pick herself back up and fly 25 miles in just 25 minutes. Her message was received and a push was made to rescue the 194 men of the lost 77th Division.
Army medics worked hard to save the life of Cher Ami and succeeded in doing so. A small wooden leg was crafted for her stump and once sufficiently recovered she was put on a boat to the United States, with General John J. Pershing personally seeing her off as she departed France. On 13 June 1919 she died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, from the wounds she received in battle. She had been awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for her heroic service, delivering 12 messages during fighting at Verdun and also received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers. She was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931.
Throughout the 1920s and ‘30s Cher Ami was as well known
to American school children
as any human World War I hero. Her body mounted by taxidermists, she currently sits in the National Museum of American History’s ‘Price of Freedom’ exhibit, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Following on from my previous post about the Table of Organisation of a standard Imperial Guard infantry regiment, here is the total breakdown of troops and vehicles for such a unit, based on the following:
IRAQ. Baghdad governorate. Baghdad.
April 9, 2003.
US Marines Corps (USMC) Marines from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7), Charlie Company, Twenty-nine Palms, California (CA), cover each other with 5.56 mm M16A2 assault rifles as they prepare to enter one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Baghdad as they takeover the complex during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lance Corporal Kevin C. Quihuis Jr./USMC
19-year-old Granger Korff during his two-year service in South Africa’s 1 Parachute Battalion, 1980-81. He was part of several major SADF cross-border actions, including Operations Protea, Daisy and Carnation. His downtime actions were also infamous, such as his severe beating of a sergeant-major in front of fellow soldiers and “several fistfights with Drug Squad agents over missing Sossi (morphine)”. His skill in the boxing ring led him to Los Angeles after the war, where he became a sparring partner and drinking buddy with the likes of Jake LaMotta, Ike Turner and Mickey Rourke before writing his memoirs.
2nd 1st Farewell Their Fallen Comrades With A Huge Haka
Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit’s parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.
Haka –sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be ‘free style.’ Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.
A team of U.S. Army AH-64D Apaches from the 1-151 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, S.C. National Guard, take off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., as part of an integrated live fire exercise with the U.S. Navy George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, December 16, 2013. While working with the Navy for this exercise, the 1-151 ARB mission was to find, fix and destroy small boat targets. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Jamie Delk)
Pre-flight operations with Georgia Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 1-169th General Support Aviation Battalion prior to a training flight near Savannah Ga. on Hunter Army Airfield. These flight crew members are training for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in the spring of 2014.
(Georgia Army National Guard photo by Maj. Will Cox)