|Recently I have heard a lot about the Australian infantry and the Canadian infantry from Australians and Canadians alike, and I was pondering over what our infantry was now strength wise. What with all the recent amalgamations, and the rather outdated nature of the army web-site, what will we have in 2007?
As best I know, regular regiment and battalion wise we have as follows, (I am not counting TA, where realisticaly a battalion is equal to a lone company to plug holes in the regular force):
The Rifles - 5 Battalions
The Royal Regiment of Scottland - 5 Battalions
The Royal Irish Regiment - 4 Battalions
The Parachute Regiment - 3 Battalions
The Mercian Regiment - 3 Battalions
The Yorkshire Regiment - 3 Battalions
The Royal Gurkha Rifles - 2 Battalions
The Duke of Lancasters Regiment - 2 Battalions
The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment - 2 Battalions
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - 2 Battalions
The Royal Anglian Regiment - 2 Battalions
The Royal Welsh Regiment - 2 Battalions
The Welsh Guards - 1 Battalion
The Coldstream Guards - 1 Battalion
The Staffordshire Regiment - 1 Battalion
The Scots Gaurds - 1 Battalion
The Irish Guards - 1 Battalion
The Grenadier Guards - 1 Battalion
I would welcome it if anyone could correct any mistakes in my list. Also, I don't suppose anyone knows the break down of light-role / mechanised / armoured infantry?
We still have a fair few single and double battalion regiments on the books. I am sure it will not be liked by many, but I can well see more ammalgamations and streamlining in the future.