HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 cc616-7W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the system of demobilisation entails the dispersal of the entire personnel of complete units or a reduction in the size of each with, the retention for the smaller units of all headquarter staff organisation; and which, if any, of the separate Armies in the field on 11th November, 1918, have now ceased to exist?


Units whose identity is not to be preserved will in due course be broken up and absorbed under orders of the General Headquarters concerned. In order to facilitate the work of demobilisation certain types of small units will be amalgamated into composite units, or affiliated to larger units, for the purpose of the dispersal of their personnel and the disposal of their equipment and stores. All the separate Armies in the field on 11th November, 1918, still exist, though on a much reduced scale, except in the case of France. In the latter case one Army remains as the Army of the Rhine; the staffs of the other four armies are being converted into staffs of administrative areas for supervising, clearing up, and salvage work.