chapter  6
Case Study in Battle Group HQ
ByDan Jenkins, Richard McMaster, Rebecca Stewart, Guy H. Walker, Linda Wells
Pages 40

The British Army’s command and control activities are complex and highly evolved. They take place on a number of different levels, each of which is situated within a diverging hierarchy from Division level down to Platoons or Troops comprised of individual soldiers, as illustrated in Figure 6.1. The focus of this chapter is on Battle Group headquarters, relatively close to the theatre of war.

Command and control activities at this level break down into six distinct yet generic phases:

Set up headquarters and receive direction/orders from higher command formation(s).

Reconnaissance and Planning phase.

Produce and disseminate plans and operational graphics (often only within headquarters).


Execute, monitor, modify and update the plan.

Disassemble command headquarters.

Simplified command hierarchy