8th Rifle Brigade - from Normandy to the Baltic - June 1944 - May 1945

Organisation 8th Rifle Brigade

The nominal strength (or ‘War Establishment’) of the 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade consisted of approximately 38 officers (lieutenants and above) and some 816 other ranks (sergeant, corporals, lance corporals and riflemen).

The battalion as a whole was divided in five companies:

  • HQ Company: composition as yet unknown
  • E Company: a support company delivering heavy weapon support to F, G and H Companies, divided in five platoons, of which three were Anti-Tank platoons (equipped with 6-pounder A/Tk. guns) and two were MMG platoons (equipped with Vickers .303 Medium Machine Guns).
  • F, G and H Company: mobile infantry companies (or ‘motor companies’), each consisting of one scout (reconnaissance) platoon and three mobile infantry platoons.
Each platoon consisted of anything between about 30 to 40 men and was itself divided again into three sections.

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8th Bn. The Rifle Brigade HQ and HQ Company

HQ Chart

E (support) Company

F (motor) Company

G (motor) Company

G Coy Chart

H (motor) Company

H Coy Chart
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