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Hello,

Ive asked a few questions before regarding rank,here's another.Where does a full Colonel fit in the chain of command?A Lieutenant Colonel is in charge of a battalion;these answer to a Brigadier General when in a Brigade,so what does a Colonel do and what is he in charge of?I assume a full Colonel out ranks a Lt Colonel.

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Anthony.

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It is I believe it would be classed as a a staff type rank.

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Arm

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I think the answer is - usually off to one side. The rank of Col as opposed to Lt Col, was often given to officers involved in specialist and important activities who were not suited /unlikely to rise to general officer rank. As an example Col. Stern CO of the Tank Supply Dept - never in a million years going to be a general but running a vital part of the war effort.

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Anthony,

In the British Army, Colonels may have commanded schools, training centres, etc but in the Army, Corps, and Divisional structure they held staff or specialist command positions on the HQ. For example on the divisional HQ the Chief of Staff and the Commander Royal Artillery (CRA) were Colonels.

Chain of Command went something like this:

Army - General

Corps - Lieutenant General

Division - Major General

Brigade - Brigadier General

Battalion/Regiment - Lieutenant Colonel

Company - Major/Captain

Platoon - Lieutenant

Section - Corporal

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Thanks for your replies and help.

Anthony.

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