Template:Infobox military unit

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Military unit infobox[edit]

Infobox military unit
Years active: August 1915–Currently unknown
Country: United Kingdom
Service: British Army
Branch: New Army
Type: Infantry
Specific type: Infantry battalion
Full size: 1,000
Created: August 1915. Formed at Conway from depot companies of 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, 16th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers and 19th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.
Name1: 21st (Reserve) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Name1 Start: August 1915
Name1 End:
Reason for change: transferred to Training Reserve
Name2: 72nd Training Reserve Battalion
Name2 Start:
Name2 End:
Reason for change: transferred to Liverpool Regiment
Name3: 53rd (Young Soldier) Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment
Name3 Start:
Name3 End:
Alternate names: 21st Lancs Fus, 53rd KLR
Disbanded: Currently unknown. 
For more information on what infobox fields mean, see documentation at military unit, command structure and theatre of war.

A military unit infobox may be used to summarize information about an individual military unit or formation, such as a regiment or division.

The infobox should be added using the {{Infobox military unit}} template, as shown below:

{{Infobox military unit
| country = 
| service = 
| branch = 
| type = 
| specific_type = 
| size_at_full_strength = 
| start_date = 
| created =
| unit_name1 =
| unit_name1_start_date =
| unit_name1_end_date =
| unit_name1_reason_for_change =
| unit_name2 =
| unit_name2_start_date =
| unit_name2_end_date =
| unit_name2_reason_for_change =
| alternate_unit_names =
| end_date = 
| disbanded =
}}

Note: When using parameters, avoid the ambiguous abbreviation "N/A", and instead use "unknown" or "none". Please cite sources using <ref> tags. These can be inserted in most parameters, except type and specific_type.

Parameters[edit]

This is a brief description of each parameter. For more detailed examples, see the headings below.

  • unit_name – No longer used. The name displayed at the top of the infobox always defaults to the page name. If any of a unit's names are different from the page name, all names should be entered using unit_name1 etc (see below).
  • countryoptional – the country where a unit was mainly recruited. This does not necessarily match the country whose armed forces it belongs to. Category:Countries lists values that can be used with this parameter.
  • serviceoptional – the name of the service. Services are typically army, navy, air force, marines etc. Typical names include "British Army", "Royal Australian Navy", "US Marine Corps".
  • branchoptional – branches are the level below service and are typically the regular army, auxiliary forces, and wartime expeditionary forces. The exact meaning of branch, and the actual names of branches, can vary between countries and services. For example, "Regular Army", "Territorial Force", "National Guard", "Australian Imperial Force". See headings below for more examples.
  • type – the general type of unit, e.g., Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, etc. See headings below for more information. Use sentence case, not title case. The value is automatically turned into a wikilink so there's no need to add link markup. Currently this parameter can only take one value. It should not contain ref tags.
  • specific type – a specific description of a unit's type, usually based on its name. For example, "Infantry battalion", "Cavalry regiment", "Field artillery brigade", "Field ambulance". Use sentence case, not title case. The value is automatically turned into a wikilink so there's no need to add link markup. Currently this parameter can only take one value. It should not contain ref tags.
  • size_at_full_strengthoptional – the approximate number of personnel in the unit at theoretical full strength.
  • start_dateoptional – be as specific as possible but can be left as a month or only a year if the exact day is unknown.
  • createdoptional – a free text description of where and how a unit was created. Can include wikilinks to related units. There's no need to enter the date because the value of start_date is automatically copied here.
  • unit_name1, unit_name1_start_date, unit_name1_end_date, unit_name1_reason_for_changeoptional – record official names changes. The field can be repeated up to five times (changing the number for each set of fields each time, e.g. unit_name2, unit_name3, unit_name4, unit_name5). Ideally, give a reference and/or a free-text reason for official name changes.
  • alternate_unit_namesoptional – a comma separated list of nicknames, abbreviations and any other unofficial names
  • end_date be as specific as possible but can be left as a month or only a year if the exact day is unknown.
  • disbandedoptional – a free text description of where and how a unit was disbanded and what happened to its components or personnel if known. Can include wikilinks to related units. There's no need to enter the date because the value of end_date is automatically copied here.


Example parameter values[edit]

Countries, services and branches[edit]

This is a provisional list based on current practice with a few additions. You can discuss it on the talk page.

The first level of the list shows countries, the second level shows services for each country, and the third level shows branches for each service. Text in square brackets is a comment, not part of the value.

  • country = Australia
    • service = Australian Army
      • branch = Australian Imperial Force
      • branch = Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
      • branch = Citizen Military Force
      • branch = Permanent Force
    • service = Royal Australian Navy
  • country = Canada
    • service = Canadian Army [not really called this until 1940 but fits pattern of other countries]
      • branch = Canadian Expeditionary Force
      • branch = Permanent Force [aka Permanent Active Militia]
      • branch = Non-Permanent Active Militia
    • service = Royal Canadian Navy
  • country = India
    • service = Indian Army
    • service = Indian Imperial Service Troops
  • country = New Zealand
    • service = New Zealand Army
      • branch = Permanent Force
      • branch = Territorial Force
      • branch = New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • country = Portugal
    • service = Portuguese Army
      • [branches unknown]
    • service = Portuguese Navy
  • country = South Africa
    • service = South African Overseas Expeditionary Force
    • service = Union Defence Force
      • branch = Active Citizen Force
      • branch = Coastal Garrison Force
      • branch = Permanent Force
  • country = United Kingdom
    • service = British Army
      • branch = New Army
      • branch = Regular Army
      • branch = Special Reserve
      • branch = Territorial Force
      • branch = Volunteer Force [for units accepted by the Crown under 1863 Volunteer Act]
    • service = Volunteer Training Corps [for units not accepted by the Crown under 1863 Volunteer Act]
    • service = Royal Air Force
    • service = Royal Marines
    • service = Royal Navy
      • branch = Regular Navy
      • branch = Royal Naval Reserve
      • branch = Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    • service = First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
  • country = United States
    • service = US Army
      • branch = National Army
      • branch = National Guard
      • branch = Regular Army
    • service = US Marine Corps
    • service = US Navy

"British colonial forces" is a catch-all service for any forces raised by colonial governments or directly by the British crown outside Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. It will probably be replaced by more specific values when we have better information. Countries it applies to include but are not limited to:

  • Bermuda
  • British East Africa [now Kenya]
  • British Somaliland [later part of Somalia]
  • Ceylon [now Sri Lanka]
  • Gambia
  • Gold Coast [now Ghana]
  • Guernsey
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Malta
  • Newfoundland [not part of Canada until 1949]
  • Nigeria
  • Nyasaland [now Malawi]
  • Persia [now Iran]
  • Rhodesia [now Zambia and Zimbabwe]
  • Sierra Leone
  • Uganda

"British colonial forces" also applies to these units, which were recruited from more than one country:

The following women's organisations are classed as departments of the British Army (ie a value of specific_type), not branches:

Most other British women's organisations should probably count as services of the United Kingdom but we don't have enough information to classify them yet.

We're not yet sure about the correct service and branch for Cape Corps, South African.

Types[edit]

Category:Type definitions lists the types currently in use. The page name matches the parameter value that should be used. Each type page defines the type and links to categories for specific types and units of that type. These types are provisional and are open to suggestions for changes. You can discuss this on the talk page.

Specific types[edit]

Values currently used include:

  • Arm [eg British Infantry Arm]
  • Army [for tactical formations]
  • Army corps (tactical)
  • Expeditionary force
  • Field ambulance
  • Hospital
  • Infantry battalion
  • Infantry brigade [in the British Empire forces]
  • Infantry brigade (continental) [for the continental system, eg American and French armies]
  • Infantry division
  • Infantry regiment (administrative) [for British and similar regiments, not continental regiments]
  • Infantry regiment (continental) [for the continental system, eg American and French armies]
  • Mounted infantry company
  • Record office

Category:Specific type definitions lists existing pages that define types that can be used with this parameter. The page name matches the parameter value that should be used.