War Diaries Talk

Quick question about a term I'm coming across

  • YellowWheatCorn by YellowWheatCorn

    I just started today and I feel really clueless because I've come across the term Coy. several times now and I'm not sure what it means. I don't know if it's something important or not and I want to know if it's something I should tag.

    I've looked it up several times but I always get different answers.


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Hello, just read your question. Coy is the abbreviation for Company. Here are some useful abbreviation links which may be of help.

    List of Abbreviations 1914-1918 Army list link: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/the-great-war/great-war-on-land/general-interest/881-abreviations-army-list.html#sthash.2tnsRkwK.dpbs

    Great War abbreviations link: http://www.briancurragh.com/page6.htm

    Common military abbreviations link: http://www.1914-1918.net/abbrev.htm

    List of medical abbreviations link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_medical_abbreviations:_A

    Under the heading Discussion Board on this project – The Mess Hall has some useful tips.

    Also as Ral The Moderator has also mentioned The Tag list is useful on link:http://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/boards/BWD000000j/discussions/DWD0000d05 I Copied and pasted this into a word document and printed it off - very useful to have near you when tagging.

    Also An army was made up of a number of Corps
    A Corp was made up of a number of divisions.
    An infantry division was made up of a number of brigades.
    An infantry brigade was made up of a number of battalions.
    An infantry battalion was made up of 4 companies.
    An infantry company was made up of 4 platoons.

    PS. If you copy and paste this above information into word document it will give you easy access to the information.


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    Wow, Marie's answered that incredibly comprehensively! 😄

    Good to have you on board, @YellowWheatCorn. Thanks for getting involved. As you can see, there are always people happy to help if you have any questions, so just ask if anything else isn't clear.

    Happy tagging!


  • David_Underdown by David_Underdown moderator

    Corps should always have the final S whether singular or plural by the way (from the French for body).