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Brooklyn Wargamer10 Oct 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

Hello everyone:

I have been looking for any sources regarding regiment sizes for Spanish and US Troops in the Cuba/Puerto Rico theater of conflict, specifically Regular troops for both sides. Can anyone help me out with this information?

Any help would be appreciated!


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 4:36 p.m. PST

The US Army ramped things up at the start of the war and US infantry regiments were (in theory) 12 company 3 battalion with a company size 0f 106 men, but in practice US battalions were about 550 – 600 men in the field. There were a large number of National Guard units fielded as well.

I think that Spanish infantry regiments were two battalions each, each battalion with four companies

GreenLeader12 Oct 2018 2:12 p.m. PST


Forgive me, do you mean each regiment had 12 companies (ie each battalion had 4), or that each of the three battalions had 12 companies?

I am guessing the former, but just want to check.

If you mean that battalions had only 4 companies each, then battalion sizes of 550-600 men means they were running at about 125-150% of theoretical strength?

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

Maybe you can get some help here.

Brooklyn Wargamer14 Oct 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

Thank you @marc055

AICUSV15 Oct 2018 9:46 p.m. PST

The 2nd US (regulars) embarked for Cuba with two battalions, 1st was companies B,C,D,G. 2nd was A,E,F, H + I. Each company was at 106 men, except I which had only 83.

So it would appear that on paper it would be 3 Battalions of 4 companies each, with each company number 106 men. And that in reality the Army reduced the number of battalions in order to bring the companies up to straight.

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