Field Army

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Standard map symbol for a field army. The XXXX is the generic symbol of a field army and do not represent

An Army, also known as a Field Army, is a large military unit formed of two or more Corps, which in themselves are made up of Divisions.[1] Armies are commanded by Generals and are typically numbered to distinguish themselves from other armies in an Army Group. In English the numbering system for identifying armies uses word numbers, which start from "First" and increase sequentially, whereas Corps use Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV, V) and subordinate formations use ordinal numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).[1] During the First World War the British Army comprised five armies:

First Army – commanded by
Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig 1914–1915
General Sir Henry Rawlinson 1915–1916
General Sir Charles Monro 1916
General Sir Henry Horne 1916–1918
Second Army – commanded by
General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien 1914–1915
General Sir Herbert Plumer 1915–1917
General Sir Henry Rawlinson 1917–1918
Third Army – commanded by
General Sir Charles Monro 1915
General Edmund Allenby 1915–1917
General Sir Julian Byng 1917–1918
Fourth Army – commanded by
General Sir Henry Rawlinson 1916–1918
Fifth Army – commanded by
General Sir Hubert Gough 1916–1918
General Sir William Peyton 1918
General Sir William Birdwood 1918

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Field Army Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia. Accessed 28 August, 2016.