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▪ Ironically, it is the small educational software specialists rather than the big battalions who saw this trend developing.
▪ They clung to the towns, venturing out only by day, their big battalions sticking to the roads.
▪ Only if none of these targets is available will I open fire on the big battalions with cannon.
▪ Afterwards Macker moved forward to congratulate one of his battalion commanders.
▪ His battalion commander was becoming a nuisance.
▪ On the way in, the battalion commander called in Puff the Magic Dragon.
▪ The battalion commander had been having a conflict with Division over how he ran the battalion.
▪ The day was too much, and the battalion commander requested to be relieved of his duty.
▪ Of course, the battalion commander with his artillery liaison officer was usually flying overhead.
▪ We want to look up and see the battalion commander is a women.
▪ Goldhagen found ample evidence that battalion commanders excused anyone who did not want to participate.
▪ All communication was lost between Charlie Company and the rest of the battalion.
▪ As for the Danuese battalion, the Sons of Death, as they called themselves, a few still had revenge on their minds.
▪ He has seen the battalions, squadrons, tanks, infantry, and so on.
▪ In the night of 28-29 December, two battalions penetrated in large numbers into Makamba Province.
▪ It was the custom then to double the size of most infantry battalions and of many gunner and other units.
▪ Miles ahead of us the lead company in the battalion was reporting machine-gun fire near the pass at 3000 feet.
▪ On the way in, the battalion commander called in Puff the Magic Dragon.
▪ Our unit was a general support artillery battalion.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\ (b[a^]t*t[a^]l"y[u^]n; 106), n. [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See Battalia.]

  1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. [archaic] ``The whole battalion views.''

  2. (Mil.) An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which is self-supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed.

    Note: In the United States army, since April 29, 1898, a battalion consists of four companies, and three battalions form a regiment. The term is also applied to two or more batteries of artillery combined into a single command.


Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\, v. t. To form into battalions. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Middle French bataillon (16c.), from Italian battaglione "battle squadron," from diminutive of Vulgar Latin battalia "battle," from Latin bauttere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Specific sense of "part of a regiment" is from 1708. Madame, lui répondit-il, ne vous y fiez pas: j'ay tôujours vû Dieu do coté des gros Batallions. [E.Boursault, 1702]


n. 1 (context military English) An army unit having two or more company, etc. and a headquarters. Traditionally forming part of a regiment. 2 (context US military English) an army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters; forming part of a brigade. 3 Any large body of troops. 4 (context by extension English) A great number of things. vb. To form into battalions.

  1. n. an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

  2. a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions" [syn: large number, multitude, plurality, pack]


A battalion is a military unit. The use of the term "battalion" varies by nationality and branch of service. Typically a battalion consists of 300 to 800 soldiers and is divided into a number of companies. A battalion is typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. In some countries the word "battalion" is associated with the infantry.

The term was first used in Italian as battaglione no later than the 16th century. It derived from the Italian word for battle, battaglia. The first use of battalion in English was in the 1580s, and the first use to mean "part of a regiment" is from 1708.

Battalion (Wildstorm)

Battalion (Jackson King) is a fictional comic book superhero in the series, Stormwatch.

Battalion (DC Comics)

Battalion is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in Team Titans #2 (November 1992).

Battalion (comics)

Battalion, in comics, may refer to:

  • Battalion (DC Comics), aka Alexander Lyons, a member of Team Titans, an alternative universe version of the Teen Titans
  • Battalion (WildStorm), aka Jackson King, superhero from the Wildstorm Universe, usually connected with incarnations of Stormwatch
  • V-Battalion, a fictional organisation in the Marvel Universe
Battalion (disambiguation)

A battalion is a military unit of several hundred soldiers.

Battalion may also refer to:

  • The Battalion, the student newspaper of Texas A&M University
  • Battalion (comics), a number of characters in comics
  • Brampton Battalion, a Canadian major junior ice hockey team
  • Battalion Wars, a Nintendo video game
  • Battalion (1937 film), a 1937 Czech film
  • Battalion (2015 film), a 2015 Russian film
  • Battalion, 2012 novel by Adam Hamdy
Battalion (Sweden)

A Swedish battalion during the mid 17th century up to the mid 18th century was the smallest tactical unit in combat. The 600 man unit was formed, temporarily, at the inception of a battle by joining four foot companies from a foot regiment of eight companies. The commander of the regiment, an Överste ( Colonel), led the first battalion and his deputy, an Överstelöjtnant ( Lieutenant Colonel), the second battalion. Battalion commanders and all other officers marched in front of the formation. Non-commissioned officers (underofficers) marched beside and behind to prevent desertion, and to replace officers who were killed. In addition to his principal duties, senior officers, such as Majors, the Överstelöjtnant and Överste, also commanded a company. So that the Överste could focus on the operations of his regiment and first battalion, command of his company was delegated to a Kaptenlöjtnant. During battle, each officer, except the Fänriks, was in charge of a portion of his company. Underofficer (NCO) ranks comprised Furir, Förare, Fältväbel, Sergeant and Rustmästare.

Battalion (1937 film)

Battalion is a 1937 Czechoslovak war drama film, directed by Miroslav Cikán. It stars Frantisek Smolík, Helena Busová, and Hana Vítová.

Battalion (2015 film)

Battalion (, Batal'on") is a 2015 Russian war film directed by Dmitriy Meshiev that relates the story of the First Battalion of Death, a women-only Russian combat unit that fought in the First World War. Actress Maria Aronova plays the role of real-life heroine Maria Bochkareva. Battalion was the biggest winner at the 2015 Golden Eagle Awards, winning four awards out of nine nominations.

A longer version of the film, split into 4 episodes, was shown on television in March 2016.

Usage examples of "battalion".

Turning to his adjutant he ordered him to bring down the two battalions of the Sixth Chasseurs whom they had just passed.

January nineteenth, 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, I believe an Iraqi aircraft penetrated our defenses and sprayed aflatoxin over Seabees and the Twenty-fourth Naval Mobile Construction Battalion near the port of Al Jubayl in Saudi Arabia.

Hubby Freddy, overseas with a battalion of the East Surreys, had written by Forces airmail five weeks ago in response to her letter telling him she was thinking of returning to Walworth.

So 430 troops of the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Cavalry, Airmobile, 1st Cavalry Division, loaded on UH-1 helicopters, known as Hueys, and went on a search-and-destroy mission.

If the battalion had not been going into battle he would have galloped away, found a private spot and voided his bowels, but he could hardly do that now in case his men thought it a sign of weakness and so he raised his canteen instead and swallowed some arrack in the hope that the harsh spirit would calm the turmoil in his belly.

But in the Transylvanian sector of the Hungarian frontier, they were in the beginning stages, and the technical engineer battalions asigned to this duty were trying to advance the state of these by working day and night on the project.

On the defeat of the Austrians, who were commanded by the Archduke Charles, that commander took a circuitous route through Bohemia, and finally occupied the bank of the Danube opposite Vienna, over against the proud victor Napoleon, who, selecting for the passage of the river the place where two islands divide the Danube into three arms, conducted his battalions to the left bank, occupied Aspern, Engesdorf, and Esslingen, and offered battle.

The battalion must have left Toulouse almost immediately after this was written, for in a post-card of October 10, from the Camp de Mailly, Aube, he says that they have been there ten days.

The Quartermasters marked bivouac areas for the various battalions in the soaking fields.

What happened to the Battalion on Chartres is ample evidence that Brigade HQ was correct to so regard us, for despite our success in defending the planet from the Enemy, I am the only Bolo of the Battalion to survive, as Captain Trevor is the only surviving unit commander of the Battalion.

Total Systems Data-Sharing net which linked every Bolo to his Battalion and Brigade mates at every level.

Their assault pods, each designed to carry a single Bolo or a full battalion of infantry, plus vehicles, through planetary defenses for opposed landings, had powerful normal-space drives and battle screen heavier than most heavy cruisers, but were completely incapable of independent FTL flight.

He looked to his sides, taking in the size and might of his tank battalion, then back at Bong and the lone PFC standing behind him.

The referees there had agreed that 2nd Battalion and the Condaro had driven them off with fairly heavy Booly casualties and only modest casualties of their own.

The battalion also included the bourgeois of Paris, Rouen, and Amiens.