British Air Lander Summary

Summary Tables, British Air Landing Battalion 1942 to 1945

Summary Table, British Air Landing Battalion 1942-1943

Detail Battalion Headquarters Support Company Anti-tank and AA Company Four Rifle Companies (each) Total
1). Personnel
Officers 6 11 5 6 46
Warrant officers 1 2 1 1 8
Non-commissioned 6 30 22 20 138
Privates 43 142 96 91 645

Total, all ranks

56 185 124 118 837
2). Transport
Motorcycles 16 51 33 3 112
Combinations 5 12 1 1 22
Cars 3 2 5
15-cwt trucks 4 1 8
3-ton lorries 4 4
3). Weapons
Bren guns (Section) 12 48
Bren guns (other) 3 14 2 25
2-inch mortars (Platoon) 4 16
2-inch mortars (other) 1 1
3-inch mortars 4 2 12
20-mm guns (AA/Atk) 24 24
.55-inch anti-tank rifles 1 3 5 24

Summary Table, British Air Landing Battalion 1943-1945

Detail Battalion Headquarters Support Company Anti-tank and AA Company Four Rifle Companies (each) Total
1). Personnel
Officers 6 11 6 6 47
Warrant officers 1 2 1 1 8
Non-commissioned 4 29 26 21 143
Privates 24 156 90 99 666

Total, all ranks

35 198 123 127 864
2). Transport
Motorcycles 9 34 31 4 90
Combinations 1 4 5
Cars 1 1 2
5-cwt cars (Jeeps) 2 29 23 3 66
15-cwt trucks 1 3 4
3-ton lorries 3 3
3). Weapons
Bren guns (Section) 12 48
Bren guns (other) 3 14 10 2 35
2-inch mortars (Platoon) 4 16
2-inch mortars (other) 1 1 8 10
3-inch mortars 4 2 12
20-mm guns * 12 12
6-pr anti-tank guns 8 8
PIATs 1 3 5 24

Substitute equipment;

* Twelve 20-mm guns replaced on actual operations by eight Vickers medium machine guns.