THE FRENCH ARMY 1939 - 1940: ORGANISATION : ORDER
OF BATTLE : OPERATIONAL
by Lee Sharp
The French Army
in 1939 was considered to be the most powerful military organisation
in Europe. This is a multi volume series in which for
the first time accurately details the organisation, formations and units
of the French Army of 1939 - 1940.
1 - The High Command, Military Districts (Régions Militaire) - including maps. Also
Military Governors & Fortress Cities, the Gendarmeries & Garde
Republicane Legions. The Army Staff (Étate-Major de l’Armée),
Army Council (Conseil Supérieur de la Guerre), Superior Council
of National Defence (Conseil Supérieur de la Défense National),
General Headquarters (Grand Quartier Général - GQG) and
its organisation. North-East Theatre Command (Théâtre d’Operations
du Nord-Est). Army Group (Groupe d’Armées), 1, 2, 3 Groupe
d’Armées. Army (Armée) Includes Engineer, Signals,
Transportation, Quartermaster, Medical, Veterinary organisations.
Army Staff, Army Services, Army HQ Troops, Army Rear Staff, Army
Organisation. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th, 6th,7th, 8th, 9th, 10th,
Armies, troops compositions, as well as Army of the Alps (Armee
Detachment (Detachment D’Armée) troops, also Ardennes
Army Detachment (Detachment d’Armée des Ardennes) (DAA)
and Pyrenees Army Detachment (Detachment d’Armée des
Corps (Corps D’Armée) Troops, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII,
IX, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XX, XXI, XXIII, XXIV, XXV. Colonial
Army Corps (Corps d’Armée Colonial), Fortress Army Corps
(Corps d’Armée de Fortresses). Additional Corps
sized units - Groupement Dubuisson, Groupment Duffor, Groupement
Corps & Motorised Corps (Corps de Cavalerie et Corps d’Armée
Motorisé) Organisation and Corps Troops. 1, 2, 5 Motorised Corps
(Corps d’Armée Motorise). Cavalry Corps (Corps de Cavalerie)
Troops. Armoured Group (Groupment Cuirassé) Organisation.
North Africa (L’Afrigue Française du Nord). Military
Organisation Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, including map. Commander-in-Chief
of the North African Theatre of Operations (Commandent en Chef du Théâtre
d’Operations de l’Afrique du Nord) units. Tunisian Fronts
(Fronts Tunisiens) Troops, East Saharian Front (Front East Saharien)
Troops. Eastern Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (Theatre d’Operations
de la Mediterranée Oriental) (T.O.M.O.) Troops and map. Garrison,
Occupation Troops, Expeditionary Force. Army Corps “L” /The
Levant Mobile Force (Corps d’Armée “L” /
Groupement des Forces Mobiles du Levant) Troops.
Scandinavian Expeditionary Force (Corps Expeditionaire Français
en Scandinave) Troops, Divisions & units.
Troops - China, Indo-China, Togo, Cameroons, Gabon, Madagascar,
Reunion, French Somalia, Martinique, etc. Also Indo-China (inc map)
Troops & Formations. French West Africa (inc map) Troops and units Air
Reconnaissance & Observation units
x 295mm, vi + 148 pages, 22 maps
ISBN 978-0-85420-316-1 Hardback
ISBN 978-0-85420-321-5 Softback
2 - The Organisation of the Division. Includes alterations, Commanding
of Staff, numbers of men, type and allocation of equipment. Motorised
Infantry Division (Division d’Infanterie Motorisée )(DIM). Division
Organisation. Order of Battle of Division Numbers 1, 3, 5, 9, 12, 15,
25. Infantry Division type “North-East” (Division d’Infanterie
type NE). Division Organisation. Order of Battle of Division Numbers
2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17(1), 17(2), 18, 21, 22, 23, 24,26,
27, 30, 32, 35, 36, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56,
57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71.
Division type Mountain (Division d’Infanterie type Mountagne)
Division Organisation. Order of Battle of Division Numbers 27, 28,
29, 30, 31, 64, 65.
Mountain Division (Division Légère de Chasseurs).
Division Organisation. Order of Battle of Division Numbers 1, 2, 3, 40. North
African Infantry Division (Division d’Infanterie Nord Africain)
(DINA). Division Organisation. Order of Battle of Division Numbers 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Colonial Infantry Division (Division d’Infanterie
Coloniale) (DIC). Division Organisation. Order of Battle of Division
Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Infantry Division type Overseas (Division
d’Infanterie type Outre-Mer) (Three Categories). Division Organisation.
Order of Battle of Division Numbers 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, Infanterie
d’Afrique. 1, 2, 3, Division Marocaine. 87/180, 181, 182, 183,
d’Afrique. 191, 192 Infanterie. Light Infantry Division (Division
Légère d’Infanterie) (DLI). Division Organisation.
Orders of Battle Division Numbers 1, 17, 59, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239,
240, 241. Foreign Infantry Divisions : Polish.(Polonaise) Division
Organisations. Orders of Battle Division Numbers 1, 2 : Czech(Tchecoslavaque).
Division Organisation. Order of Battle of Division Numbers 1 Cavalry
Division (Division de Cavalerie)(DC). Division Organisation. Order of
Battle Division Numbers 1, 2, 3. Light Cavalry Division (Division
Légère de Cavalerie) (DLC). Division Organisation. Order
of Battle Divisions Number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Light Mechanised Division
(Division Légère Mecanique) (DLM) Division Organisation.
Order of Battle Division Number 1, 2, 3, 4, 7. Reserve Armoured
Division (Division Cuiraseé de Reserve) (DCR). Division Organisation.
Order of Battle Division Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4. Tables of symbols, Glossary/Abbreviations,
Comparative Rank Table &c
vi + 156 pages
ISBN 978-0-85420-141-9 £34.99
ISBN 978-0-85420-190-7 Softback
Volume 3 - Commands
and Formations of the Maginot Line
Fortified Region, Fortress
Army Corps, Fortified Sector and Defensive Sector, Fortress Infantry
Division, Southern Tunisian Fortified Region
Infantry Brigade. Metropolitan Infantry Regiment type “North-East”,
Metropolitan Infantry Regiment type “Overseas” 58, Half-Brigade
and Battalions of Chasseurs, Zouave Infantry Regiment. North African
Tirailleur Regiments (all types), Infantry Regiment type “Mountain”,
Half-Brigade and Battalions of Alpine Chasseurs, Pyrenean Half-Brigade
and Battalions, Motorised Infantry Regiment, Mechanised Infantry Battalion,
Foreign Legion, Half-Brigade and Battalions of Light Infantry, Half-Brigade
and Battalions of Light Infantry in Sourn Tunisia, Fortress Infantry
Alpine Fortress Half-Brigades and Battalions, Machine-Gun Battalion,
Coastal Defence Formations. Moroccan Goum. Territorial Formations in
Levant Infantry Training Formations, Pioneer Regiment and Independent
Pioneer units, Divisional Pioneer Company, Divisional Anti-Tank Company,
Independent Anti-Tank Company, Headquarters Guard Company, Infantry Weapons
Repair Park, Regulating Station Transit Depot, Wounded Transit Station
and Auxiliary Camp Companies, Camp and Billets Company.
Tank Command Staffs, Armoured Brigade, Half-Brigade of Tanks, Group
of Tank Battalions, Tank Battalion, Type FT 17 Tank Battalion, Type 1935
Tank Battalion, Type D Tank Battalion and type D Independent Company,
Type B Tank Battalion, Type 2C Tank Battalion, Independent Tank Companies
and FT Tank Platoons, Tank Park, Tank Training Battalion, Tank Transporter
Introduction, Abbreviations/Glossary, Numbering of French Military units,
Comparative Table of Ranks, Military Symbols
210 x 295mm,vi + 187 pages
ISBN 978-0-85420-824-1 Hardback Edition £34.99
Softback Edition £22.99
Volume 4 - Artillery
: General Reserve Artillery, Heavy Railway Artillery, The Heavy Railway
Regiment, The Heavy Railway Artillery Park,
Motorised Artillery, Motorised Artillery, Regiments, The Caterpillar
Platoons, The Artillery Parks, Horse-Drawn, Static & Trench Artillery
and Anti-Tank Batteries. Horse-Drawn Artillery Training Units, Artillery
Parks, Artillery Survey Units, Army Corps Artillery, Fortress Artillery,
Divisional Artillery, Independent Artillery Regiments, Independent Artillery
Groupes, Independent Artillery Batteries, Sections and Detachments. Anti-Tank
Formations, Artillery Parks (Army Corps and Divisions) . Appendix 1-
Artillery Establishment, Appendix 2 - Worker Companies. Tables
of symbols, Glossary/Abbreviations, Comparative Rank Table &c
x 295mm vi + 180 pages
ISBN 978-0-85420-326-0 Hardback
ISBN 978-0-85420-331-4 Softback
VOLUME 5 (revised edition)
formations : Anti-Aircraft commands and staffs, Passive Defence formations,
type 75CA Mle 32/33, 75CA Mle 15/34 & 105CA Mle 17/34, 75CA Mle 30
29,90CA Mle 39 32. Railway Anti-Aircraft Batteries 36, Emergency Batteries – Naval
guns – Foreign guns, Divisional Anti-Aircraft Batteries, Anti-Aircraft
Groups and Batteries type Army, Anti-Aircraft formations in French North
Africa Anti-Aircraft formations in the Levant 57, The Machine-gun Companies
58, Searchlight formations. Cavalry Formations : Cavalry Brigade, Regiment & units.
Spahis Brigade and Regiments, African Cavalry Regiments – Régiments
de Chasseurs d’Afrique. Foreign Legion Cavalry. Light Mechanised,
Light Motorised & Reserve Motorised Cavalry Brigades, Mechanised
Cavalry Regiment of the Light Mechanised Division, Mechanised Cavalry
Battalion of the Cavalry Division 95, Mechanised Cavalry Regiment of
the Light Cavalry Division, Armoured Car Regiment of the Cavalry Division.
Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment of the Light Mechanised Division, Armoured
Cavalry Regiment of the Light Mechanised Division, Army Corps and Divisional
Reconnaissance Battalions, Army Corps Reconnaissance Battalion, Divisional
Reconnaissance Battalion, Independent and Temporary Cavalry units, Irregular
Cavalry units, Anti-tank units of the cavalry arm, Divisional Recovery
Squadrons, veterinary, remount and other horse units and establishments.
Colonial units : Colonial Infantry Regiments type North-East, Colonial
Machine-gun formations, Colonial Infantry Regiments type mountain, overseas
reduced and mixed, Independent Colonial. The Independent African Infantry
Battalions, The Indigenous Colonial Regiments and Battalions in French
Indo-China, Colonial Armoured and Cavalry units, Colonial Artillery,
Colonial Engineer, Signals, Medical, Quartermaster and Transport formations,
Irregular colonial formations and formations mobilised by colonial depots.
vi + 169 pages 295 x 210mm.
ISBN 978-0-85420-913-2 Hardback Edition £34.99
Softback Edition £22.99
6 PART 1
: Command & Staffs; Engineer Battalion & Camouflage
Company, Road Repair & Pontoon Bridge Battalions. Inland Waterway,
Cable Car, Heavy Bridging, Bridge train, Barracks Erection, Water Service,
Camp/Billets Companies. Forestry Engineers formations. Engineer units
of Traffic Regulations Stations. Engineer training units/Skilled Worker
Companies. Railway Engineer Battalions type normal & type special.
Army, Army Corps. Divisional & Fortress Engineers. Signals Service
: Radio Direction Finding Sections, GQG Signals, Army Group, Army, Army
Detachment, Corps, Divisional, Fortress, Signals. Signal Staffs & establishments.
iv + 162 pages, 295 x 210mm.
ISBN 978-0-85420-819-7 Hardback Edition £34.99
Softback Edition £22.99
NEW! VOLUME 6 PART 2
Engineer formations : - French North Africa : - Engineer Battalions,
Companies. Battalions - Divisional Engineers
Type Overseas. Companies
- Road Repair, Water Service, Barracks Erection, Forestry, Park, Railway
Engineer, Mixed Engineer-Electromecanical. Levant - Divisional Engineers.
Signals Units : [Type Overseas] French North Africa . General Reserve
Units, Electricians Company, Telegraph Battalion, Radio Company, Military
Telegraph Section, Reduced Signals Park , Signals Formations of Commands & Staffs.
Divisional Telegraph, Radio Companies, Radio Company Reinforced. Infantry
Division Radio Companies type Overseas. Infantry Division Carrier Pigeon
Detachment type Overseas. Levant - Signals Company, Territorial Signals.
Engineer units Morocco , Algeria , Tunisia . Radio Jamming sections.
Quartermaster Service : Its responsibilities. Titles & Ranks. Formations
of the General Reserve. North African, Levant , Indo-China. Unit types
- Field, Mobile , Motorised Bakery, Bakeries (CEFS), Meat Resupply Companies.
Quartermaster Service of the Regulating Station (see Volume 6 part 3).
Quartermaster Detachments. Army, Corps, Division Quartermaster formations,
Polish Brigade in Levant . Fortified - Regions, Sectors, Army Corps,
Fortress Infantry Divisions. Southern Tunisian Fortified Region. Quartermaster
Commands, Staffs & Establishments : Military Districts, Military
Regions X & XII. Quartermaster Formations : Région Militaire
de Paris : I, II, III. IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XI, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI,
XVII, XVIII, XX, Region Militaire. Colonial Quartermaster Establishments
in Metropolitan France . Territorial Quartermaster Formations in North
Africa - Morocco , XIX RM. Medical Service : General Reserve Medical
formations. Hospitals, Hospital Trains, Ambulance organizations, Decontamination,
Laboratories, Ambulance Corps. Divisional Medical Formations, Medical
Groups - Infantry, Mountain, Overseas, Cavalry Division. Medical units
(Fortified Sectors), Medical Evacuation stations. Hospitals used by the
Army in the Paris Military Region also I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII,
IX, XI, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XX.
vi + 156. pages 295 x 210mm.
978-0-85420–899-9 Hardback Edition £34.99
900-2 Softback Edition £22.99
Volume 6 Part 3
Reserve Transport: Troop transport groups, light stores transport groups,
heavy stores transport groups, coach,
truck and lorry companies, motorised ambulance companies, fuel transport
companies, tractor companies, machine-gun battalion transport companies,
meat transport sections, aviation munitions transports sections, the
motorised anti-aircraft company, motor repair centres, motor training
and organisation centres, horse-transport companies, mule companies,
transport on Corsica, transport units in French North Africa.
The Road Traffic Control Commission : The Railway Communications Regulating
Commission. General headquarters, army group, army, army detachment,
corps and divisional motorised and horse-drawn transport companies, fortress
transport companies and detachments, transport groups and companies in
the military districts.
Bibliography and Sources
7 : Mobilisation
of the Army. The Sarre Offensive. Offensive and Defensive Plans.
Volume 8 : Manpower, Horses, Weapons, Vehicles and Equipment
Volume 9 : Changes in Deployment to May 1940. The Campaign in Norway.
Detailed Order of Battle May 9th 1940