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Battalion Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    battalion n
  1. 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]
Battalion Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\, n. (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 Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\, n. [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See Battalia.]
  1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. ``The whole battalion views.'' --Milton.
  2. (Mil.) A regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment, esp. when assembled for drill or battle.
Battalion Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\, v. t. To form into battalions. [R.]
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A battalion is a military unit of around 300–1,300 soldiers usually consisting of between two and seven companies and typically commanded by either a Lieutenant Colonel or a Colonel. Several battalions are grouped to form a regiment or a brigade.

The nomenclature varies by nationality and by branch of arms, for instance, some armies organize their infantry into battalions, but call battalion-sized cavalry, reconnaissance, or tank units a squadron or a regiment instead. There may even be subtle distinctions within a nation's branches of arms, such as a distinction between a tank battalion and an armored squadron, depending on how the unit's operational role is perceived to fit into the army's historical organization.

A battalion is generally the smallest military unit capable of independent operations (i.e., not attached to a higher command), although many armies have smaller units that are self-sustaining. The battalion is usually part of a regiment, group or a brigade, depending on the organizational model used by that service. The bulk of a battalion will ordinarily be homogeneous with respect to type (e.g., an infantry battalion or a tank battalion), although there are many exceptions. Every battalion will also include some sort of combat service support, typically organized within a combat support company.

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  • Decorated 'Walking Dead' Marine Corps battalion to be deactivated during ceremony Friday
    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Read more on this news related to 'Battalion'
  • 'Walking Dead' Marine Battalion to Be Deactivated
    Decorated 'Walking Dead' Marine Corps battalion to be deactivated during ceremony Friday Read more on this news related to 'Battalion'
  • Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." Read more on this news related to 'Battalion'

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