Headquarters Company

Headquarters Company of an Infantry Battalion contained the staff and troops that kept the companies of the battalion fed, clothed, shod, in contact with battalion headquarters and each other.

First World War

A First World War battalion contained no Headquarters Company, instead having all relevant subunits attached directly to Battalion Headquarters.

Second World War

Early War

Headquarters Company at the outset of the Second World War contained six platoons.

Late War

In 1942, the carrier, mortar, and pioneer platoons moved to Support Company and the Anti-Aircraft Platoon was deleted in favour an an Anti-Tank Platoon, which also fell under Support Company.

Headquarters company consisted of a transport section which, in later stages of the war, maintained and operated more than a dozen types of vehicles numbering as many as fifty trucks, fifteen motorcycles, and a number of jeeps and staff vehicles. It also included the quartermaster's section, which was responsible for the supply of all the thousand items of equipment needed by the Regiment. This company was a tremendously complicated organization that included butchers, mechanics, drivers, storemen, technical repairmen, instrument repairmen, batmen, cooks, postal clerks, sanitary men, water men and many others. Most of these soldiers (all infantry trained) seldom had an opportunity to fire a shot in anger, but they were often the recipients of the enemy's shelling, and, in many cases, of his machine-gun fire as well. Without them, fighting echelon could not have survived a single battle, and their importance to the Regiment was not to be assessed on the basis of the number of medals which they won.1

Post War

Headquarters Company remained a subunit of postwar infantry battalions.

Notes

  1. Mowat, Farley. The Regiment (McClelland & Stewart Inc., Toronto, ON, 1955) ISBN 0771066945 (paperback edition)


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