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Battalion: a large body of troops ready for battle, especially an infantry unit forming part of a brigade.
Brigade: a subdivision of an army, typically consisting of a small number of infantry battalions and/or other units and forming part of a division.
Cadre: a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession.
Cap badge: A badge worn on uniform headgear to distinguish the wearer's regiment. A modern form of heraldry, its design is highly symbolic. The original Staffordshire Yeomanry cap badge incorporated the Stafford Knot, which some say was devised as a means of multiple execution while others insist it represents the joining of three geographical areas!
Cavalry: (in the past) soldiers who fought on horseback.
Division: a group of army brigades or regiments.
Infantry: soldiers marching or fighting on foot; foot soldiers collectively.
Orbat: short for order of battle, the strategic arrangement of armed forces participating in a military operation.
Rank: a relative status or position, showing the level of authority of the person. Rank badges in the British Army are a simple method of identifying someone's status.
Recce: Short for 'reconnaissance', a military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features.
Regiment: a permanent unit of an army typically commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel and divided into several companies, squadrons.
Sabre troop: a fighting unit of sub-battalion size. The term originated in the British Army, and is derived from the sabre traditionally used by cavalry.
Squadron: a principal division of an armoured or cavalry regiment, consisting of two or more troops.
Troop: a military sub-unit, originally a small formation of cavalry, subordinate to a squadron.
Yeomanry: a volunteer cavalry force.
A poignant and evocative collection of photos from three personal WW2 albums belonging to Major T H Gardner will soon be available to view on the website. Watch this space!