HC Deb 04 December 1928 vol 223 cc1033-4W
Commander WILLIAMS

asked the Secretary of State for War what were the total numbers of officers and men in the French, British, American, Japanese, and Italian armies on 31st July, 1914, and 31st July, 1928?


pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 27th November, 1928; col. 215, Vol. 223], supplied the following particulars.

STATEMENT showing Establishment for the British Army (exclusive of India) included in Army Estimates, 1914 and 1928, and the approximate authorised Strengths of the French, American, Japanese and Italian Stan ding Armies for those years.

1914. 1928.
Great Britain 181.568 (a) 149,954 (b)
France 963,000 (c) (d) 655,000 (c) (d)
U.S.A. 98,000 (d) 145,000 (d)
Japan 234,000 (d) 190,000 (d)
Italy 270,000 220,000
(a) This figure excludes additional numbers (3,300) Royal Flying Corps (1,429) and Central Flying School (103), but includes Colonial and Native Indian Corps on the British establishment (8,771). See page 12, Army Estimates, 1914.
(b) This figure excludes additional numbers (2,046) and Indian troops in the Middle East administered by the Air Ministry (1,500), but includes Colonial arid Indian troops on the British establishment (2,778). See page 11, Army Estimates, 1928.
(c) This figure includes Gendarmerie in France, Colonial garrisons abroad and North African Irregulars, but excludes Syrian levies.
(d) Includes the Military Air Force.