How many men in a French infantry section in 1940?

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How many men in a French infantry section in 1940?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 27 Feb 2021 21:17

I have read that a French infantry "section" was more like platoon in the British Army.

The British divided a platoon into three sections of about 10 men each.

Presumably a French section was therefore somewhat bigger than a British section?

But how big was it?

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Re: How many men in a French infantry section in 1940?

Post by Loïc » 27 Feb 2021 23:29

hello

the most common basic section, a fusiliers-voltigeurs section from a battalion-company from an infantry regiment
gathered 5 NCO's and others ranks + 3 groups of 12 = 41 men
http://www.atf40.fr/ATF40/divers/R%E9gi ... e%20NE.pdf

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Re: How many men in a French infantry section in 1940?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 28 Feb 2021 00:16

Hi Loic,

Many thanks. What a spectacularly well organized site!

Were the sections in the Alpine Infantry Divisions the same?

I ask because I note that the SES sections of the Alpine Infantry Divisions each had 20 men. Was this just for the specialist SES, or did it apply to all infantry sections in the Alpine Infantry Divisions?

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Re: How many men in a French infantry section in 1940?

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Re: How many men in a French infantry section in 1940?

Post by Loïc » 28 Feb 2021 16:08

hello

the same for the RIA and also the SES had the same composition 41 men
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