As with any military unit, Griffith
organized his mercenary army by dividing his men among smaller
units, each one commanded by an officer. The simplified chart
below gives a general picture of the Hawks' organization.
Very early on, Griffith's mercenary army is made up of only 500
men. As one can see from the chart, directly under Griffith's
command are five companies led by their respective commanders.
Each company consists of about 100 men and further divided into
ten platoons. One of the companies is given a special name, the
Raiders ("kirikumi tai"). They can be thought of as the "shock
troops" or the heavy cavalry. Unlike a typical medieval European
heavy cavalry unit, which is always held back until it is time
to deliver the decisive blow, the Raiders are usually the first
unit to attack their enemy. Given Gatts's style of fighting with
reckless abandon, Griffith saw its potential, and of his army,
if Gatts is given command of this unit. So despite of its relatively
small size, the Hawks gained even more fame when the Raiders became
an effectively devastating unit under Gatts.
In addition to these companies, Griffith formed a war council
which will aid him in mapping out tactics and strategies. This
council is made up of Gatts, Caska (also a company commander),
Judeau (who provides intelligence reports), Corkus, Rickert and
After joining the Midland army, the Hawks' ranks swelled to about
5000 men, now resembling a Roman legion in size. But even with
this increased size, its organization has remained essentially
unchanged. Instead of five companies, the Hawks now consists of
five battalions, each one consisting of ten companies and further
divided into platoons.
Special thanks to The
Black Sun Over Midland, the Berserk Shrine for this story.