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I have a few questions about how the imperial guard is organised, so would appreciate if someone could lend me a hand with this.
I understand that unit wise it goes:
Squad -> platoon -> company -> regiment.
1) How many companies in a regiment (roughly, i understand it may vary)
2) Can the companies be "mixed" ? I.e 5 infantry, 2 mech and 1 armoured company for 1 regiment.
3) What sort of rank "limits" are there to the different units? I.e a company can only have up to a colonel.
Im working on organising some fluff/campaign ideas for an imperial army i am designing, so need to get this information.
They are roughly assembled like a modern regiment. 2500-8000 men (witch exceptions, of course) commanded by a colonel, 30 to 50 men per platoon, 75-200 men per company.
Let's say Fictional Regiment X consists of 4000 men and each company is divided into 150 men, then there would be roughly 26 companies in a regiment.
Each company is commanded by a commisioned officer (usually a Major) and have a captain or a lietenuant as a second-in-command.
Many IG regiments are mixed and rarely (I think) are they made up of a single type of company. A standard regiment would probably have a few armoured, mechanised and artillery companies as support.
Generally though, do whatever you want. After all, the galaxy is a big place and if anything can be said about the Guard is that while one thing may be common in one place that does not mean that it is common everywhere. ,)
another 2 questions:
Where would the armies general be? would he just be an additional unit on top of the first company?
What is the next rank after general?
Although, as has already been pointed out, command structures vary immensely between different systems + worlds, generally, a General leads a group of Regiments, of varying size depending on the army group.
And the next rank after General is Field Marshal (Although I beleive that rank is no longer used in the British Armed Forces, highest you can go is General).
and, just to show off, the officer rank system of the British army at least is:
2nd Lieutenant - Lieutenant - Captain - Major - Lieutenat-Colonel - Colonel - Brigadier - Major-General - Lieutenant-General - General - Field Marshal.
Well, it was during the 2nd World War, anyway. May have changed since then.
Sorry for going off topic, but I'm bored and you might find it useful
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
Thanks for the help.
I think ill modify my army a fair bit fluffwise, so that it has its own unique system, buti also want to explain it abit. Now i just need to learn to write better fluff.
Actually, one of the common ranks that holds identical meaning in the entire Imperium is Lord General. A lord general is the second highest in command in an Imperial Crusade (it goes Warmaster -> Lord General -> other guys. And, Warmasters are usually appointed from Lord Generals) but more commonly they are the commanders of a group of regiments (as pointed out by Herby) organised into a battlegroup or whatever and often the highest in command when undertaking planetary invasions and such.
So let's say the Imperium is invading a planet with a force of 15 regiments. The commander in chief would be a Lord General and his subordinates are the Colonels leading the regiments. If a crusade would be assembled, many dozen (or hundreds) of regiments would be assembled and divided into different groups. Each group would be led by a Lord General and the overall commander in chief would be a Warmaster, elected from one of the Lord Generals.
If that makes any sense...
ooh, I was browsing Lexicanum (as you do), found this, would probably help you. Probably jsut repeats waht DMC said, but in more detail.
Imperial Guard Hierarchy - Lexicanum
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
actually with the rules following the Horus Heresy regiments are now strictly divided. Therefore an infantry regiment will not contain armor (besides transports) and a armored regiment will have to be called in for support. Normally lending a squadron to a company.
This was made that if any Imperial officers had gone rogue the likelihood of an entire army following suit is slim as unless a Lord General goes rogue an infantry regiment would need to convince an armored regiment to follow suit.
And Warmasters (known as many other names but this is most common besides Lord Solar) are rarely appointed and only during times of Crusades, which are massive undertakings to bring whole sectors back into compliance. As Camel said Lord Generals lead the Army groups into the systems while the Warmaster has overall control.
Regiments are normally led by Colonels but can sometimes be led by someone as high as a General. Also armored regiments are subservient to infantry command overall. So an armor general defers to an infantry colonel.