Battalion Bat*tal"ion (b[a^]t*t[a^]l"y[u^]n; 106), n. [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See {Battalia}.] 1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. [archaic] ``The whole battalion views.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Mil.) An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which is self-supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the United States army, since April 29, 1898, a battalion consists of four companies, and three battalions form a regiment. The term is also applied to two or more batteries of artillery combined into a single command. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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