Originally posted by bharat:
[QB]I need some very basic info:-
How many tanks are there in a tank regiment ?
What does an armoured division or brigade consist of?
How would you define a strike corps?[QB]
Bharat - table of organisation (TO) for an IA armoured regiment
now on BR thanks to Jagan and Rakesh.
The following data is from orbat.com
IA independant armoured brigade (support elements not listed):
3 tank regiments
1 BMP battalion
1 artillery regiment
1 reconnaissance squadron
The breakdown is a little bit different for armoured brigades attached to Reorganised Plains Infantry Division (RAPID) with 2 armored regiments and 2 mechanised battalions instead. The RAPIDs were Gen Sunderji's intiative in the 80s- improving mobility by mechanising infantry and putting them on BMPs.
IA Armoured Division TO:
EME Regiment (Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – Maintenance)
Army Supply Corps Battalion
-3 X 155mm Medium Regiments (18 guns each)
Air Defense Artillery Group
-1 X Self Propelled SAM Regiment
-1 X Self Propelled AAA Regiment
Reconnaissance & Support Battalion
6 Tank Regiments (45 tanks each)
4 BMP Battalions
-3 companies (approximately 825 men)
Strike Corps possess a full armoured division, unlike holding corps which have at best an independant armoured brigade. They also have a full engineer brigade (for mobility - laying bridges, clearing mines, etc) and the RAPIDs are spread among them, though they still have regular infantry divisions as well - money hasnt been found yet to completely mechanise them. At least two of strike corps have IAF attack helicopter squadrons attached to them. They seem to get a lot of the best stuff first in terms of platforms and systems.
One of Napoleon's great innovation was finding ways to centrally organise the acquisition and storage of food and then supply his troops at the front wherever they were. There was still dependance on local suppliers but at least it wasnt each and every man foraging for himself - with major improvements in discipline. It also allowed him to campaign for longer and gave him flexibility in terms of directions of advance.
With tinned rations forward resupply was greatly simplified - but there's still nothing like a hot meal to lift your spirits. Cooking however is not easy when people are shooting at you or you have to stay on the move. If however things are static enough to allow cooking, and the field kitchens havent caught up with you there is a long and honourable tradition even to this day of field-expedient self catering.