British PIB Summary

Summary Tables, British Parachute Battalion 1942 to 1945

Summary Table, British Parachute Battalion 1942-1943
Detail Battalion Headquarters Headquarter Company Three Rifle Companies (each) Total
1). Personnel
Officers 5 5 5 25
Warrant officers 1 2 1 6
Non-commissioned 4 23 28 111
Privates 17 139 105 471

Total, all ranks

27 169 139 613
2). Transport
Motorcycles 2 2
Cars 6 6
15-cwt trucks 1 1
3-ton lorries 8 8
3). Weapons
Bren guns (Section) 27 27
Bren guns (other) 2 2
2-inch mortars (modified) 1 9 28
3-inch mortars 4 2 10
.55-inch anti-tank rifles 1 3 10
Summary Table, British Parachute Battalion 1944-1945
Detail Battalion Headquarters Headquarter Company Three Rifle Companies (each) Total
1). Personnel
Officers 5 9 5 29
Warrant officers 1 2 1 6
Non-commissioned 4 39 23 112
Privates 17 185 88 466

Total, all ranks

27 235 117 613
2). Transport
Motorcycles 6 11 1 20
Cars 2 2
5-cwt cars (Jeeps) 1 1
15-cwt trucks 2 1 5
3-ton lorries 8 8
3). Weapons
Bren guns (Section) 27 27
Bren guns (other) 1 2 3 12
Vickers MMGs * 4 4
2-inch mortars (airborne) 1 9 28
3-inch mortars 8 8
PIAT 10 3 19

* Replaced four 3-inch mortars as required.

Amendments of 1944 to 1945;

Transport – added 5 cars, 5-cwt, to Battalion Headquarters.