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Imperial Army 203rd Air Mage Battalion is a reinforced Air Mage Battalion led by Maj. von Degurechaff, working directly under the Imperial General Staff. It consists of 48 active men with powerful Type 97 Elinium Orb that is capable to fly more than 8,000 feet above sea level and match Tanya's firepower and mana efficiency.

Terminology

The name "battalion" is a direct translation of Japanese "大隊". Unlike in the European languages, the same terms are used for military ranks and organizations across all branches of service in Japanese. Thus, a "少佐" (Shōsa, lit. "junior field-grade officer") can be any kind of OF-3 officer, such as a navy lieutenant commander or an army major. Similarly, a "大隊" can be an army battalion or any equivalents in other branches of service.

Since "mage" has no real life equivalent, different translators have chosen different terms. The Crunchyroll anime translation used army terms while the fan translations of the Light Novel and the manga used air force terms.

Japanese term Army equivalent USN/Commonwealth AF equivalent No. of personnel No. of aircraft
大隊 Daitai Battalion Wing 300–1,000 17–48
中隊 Chūtai Company Squadron 100–300 7–16
小隊 Shōtai Platoon Flight 20–100 4–6

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Background

Before the Great War, the Empire made a national defense strategy named plan 315, which meant letting the local Front focus on defense while the continental army launching the offensive. The General Staff treated the continental army as the rapid reaction troops. After the Great War began, it proved that the continental army was not as flexible as they had predicted before, since its scale was too large, spending too much time on domestic transport. The standing units in the central with excellent reaction speed also were proved insufficient because of their amount. The General Staff needed a freely available unit with a certain level of mobility and combat prowess. Considering it was unrealistic to reorganize the army in broad strokes during the war, and they also didn't have many strategic reserve troops, the General Staff finally decided to set up a flight mage battalion as the alternatives. It would be under the direct command of the General Staff, and consist of the mages from Eastern Front and Southern Front. The 203rd is that rapid reaction mage battalion.[2]

Members

Wing Commander

Vice Commander


First Company

C. Commander: Tanya Degurechaff

C. 2nd in Command: Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov

Members:

  • Two Warrant Officer (Platoon Leader)
  • Four Corporal
  • Four Private First Class


Second Company

C. Commander: Matheus Johan Weiss

C. 2nd in Command Vooren Glanz

Members:

  • Two Warrant Officer (Platoon Leader)
  • Four Corporal
  • Four Private First Class


Third Company

C. Commander: Wilibald Koenig

Members

  • Three Warrant Officer (Platoon Leader)
  • Four Corporal
  • Four Private First Class


Fourth Company

C. Commander: Rhiner Neumann

Members

  • Three Warrant Officer (Platoon Leader)
  • Four Corporal
  • Four Private First Class

Trivia

  • Though it wasn't directly under the command of Zettour, the Deputy Chief of Logistics[3], Rudersdorf always asked for his consent before he utilized it.
  • After the selection, about 72 men remained to compose the training unit called V601. Soon, this unit was trained by Tanya for retraining, and selecting the competent mages to compose the rapid reaction mage battalion.[4]

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_organization#Air_force_hierarchy
  2. Deus lo vult Chapter V : Primeval Battalion
  3. Deus lo vult Chapter V : Primeval Battalion
  4. Deus lo vult Chapter V : Primeval Battalion