a brigade is in most applications of the term a military unit.
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a brigade (consisting of 1.400 - 4,200 soldiers) is the smallest, outseveral branches of service organically built up major unit. The brigades of the combat troop lead combat of combined arms (ex.s: French-German brigade).
The tactical indication is a cross. Commander is usually an a star general (Brigadier General, in Switzerland: Brigadier), partly also a Colonel.
Thosesuperordinate unit of a brigade is the division, the subordinated unit the battalion, partly also the regiment.
called in France beyond that a subsection of the company brigade, however only in the mounted regiments (Kavallerie, tank) and in the Gendarmerie national one. The brigade 5 to 10 men and is enclosure then led by a Brigadier (NCO).
Clausewitz defined the brigade as the largest unit, those from a man directly, i.e. by the range of its voice ledwill can . Up to the center 20. Century were brigades mostly of at least two regiments in each case the same branch of service consisted military federations, those. Combat of combined arms was only led on division level. In Germany this classification principle up to the end of the armed forces existed, whereby the divisions were together set since the beginning of the First World War increasingly no more from brigades, but directly from the subordinated units.
in the GDR brigade was a name for workers in a restaurant unit, the one taskin the production process implemented. There were brigades in enterprises, in LPGs or in PGHs. The competition between them was led by the respective collective combine, in whom several enterprises were united. The director/conductor of a brigade was called Brigadier. Each brigade led generally a brigade diary. For accounted for achievements premiums were paid, which were used regularly for brigade trips. See in addition:Brigade (GDR)