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Military Organization

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 Pippin.

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.


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