French Army Mobilization Plan (2-20/8/14)

 

Summary
  Inf.
Bn.
Cav.
Sqn.
Arty.
Btry.
Eng.
21 army corps 612 128 642 169
3 independent divisions 45 12 30 14
25 reserve divisions 314 50 222 92
8 territorial field divisions 96 16 48 8
4 territorial static divisions, 1 brigade (Paris) 54 8 12 -
10 cavalry divisions 10 232 30 20
Army elements 53 50 673 108
Garrison troops 341 49 417 97
         
TOTAL 1,525 545 1,468 508

 

Manpower
     
20 army corps w/2 divisions (20 x 44,000) 880,000 940,000
1 army corps w/3 divisions (60,000) 60,000
3 independent divisions (3 x 18,000) 54,000 504,000
25 reserve divisions (25 x 18,000) 450,000
8 territorial field divisions (8 x 15,000) 120,000 184,6000
4 territorial static divisions (8 x 14,500) 58,000
10 cavalry divisons (10 x 5,250)   52,500
     
Total Combat   1,681,000
     
Army elements   187,500
Garrison and strongpoints 821,400 1,031,400
G.V.C. services 210,000
Depots   680,000
     
TOTAL   3,580,000

 

Cavalry
   
Active squadrons  
79 regiments w/4 squadrons [1] 316
   
Type A reserve squadrons [2] 90
- 19 corps regiments (France) 38
- Algerian regiment, cavalry of 1st Colonial Corps 2
- Cavalry in 25 reserve divisions 50
   
Type B reserve squadrons [3] 86
- Cavalry in 12 territorial divisions 24
- Cavalry in strongpoints 34
- Stages 13
- Available 15
   
Total reserve squadrons [2-3] 176
   
Territorial squadrons [4] 37
   
Total squadrons in France [1-4] 529
   
Total squadrons in Africa [5] 16
   
TOTAL [1-5] 545

 

Infantry Battalions
  Active Reserve Territorial Total
Army corps [1] 545 67 - 612
         
Independent divisions [2] 51 318 150 519
- Active 41 4 - 45
- Reserve - 314 - 314
- Territorial field - - 96 96
- Territorial static - - 54 54
- Cavalry (Bicycle groups) 10 - - 10
         
Total [1-2] 596 385 150 1,131
         
Available regiments [3] - - 11 11
         
Strongpoints [4] 46 21 260 + 3 330
- 1re Région 3 2 30 35
- 2e Région 2 - 3 ½ 5 ½
- 3e Région - - 3 ½ 3 ½
- 6e Région 10 - 15 25
- 7e Région 6 - 38 44
- 8e Région - - 1 1
- 10e Région - - 5 ¼ 5 ¼
- 11e Région - 4 14 18
- 14e Région 8 6 51 ¼ 65 ¼
- 15e Région 4 7 57 ½ 68 ½
- 16e Région - - ¼ ¼
- 18e Région - - 2 ¼ 2 ¼
- 20e Région 9 - 15 ½ 24 ½
- 21e Région 4 - 26 30
         
Total [4-5] 46 21 271 + 3 341
         
Army elements [6]       53
         
TOTAL [1-6]       1,525

 

Artillery Batteries
  Towed (Active) Towed (Reinf.) Towed (Reserve) Horse Towed (Active) Towed (Reserve) Foot Heavy Total
Army corps [1] 629 10 - - 3 - - - 642
                   
Independent divisions [2] 15 216 - - 14 7 - - 252
- Active 15 15 - - - - - - 30
- Reserve - 201 - - 14 7 - - 222
                   
Territorial divisions [3] - - 60 30 - 7 - 67 164
- Territorial field - - 48 - - - - - 48
- Territorial static - - 12 - - - - - 12
- Cavalry - - - 30 - - - - 30
                   
Heavy artillery [4] - - - - - - - 67 67
                   
Strongpoints & Corsica [5] - - 151 - 3 6 358   417
                   
TOTAL [1-5] 644 226 111 30 19 13 358 67 1,468
  981   32      

 

Engineer Units4
  S.M. P.G. E.P. S.T. S.C.F. Total
Army corps [1] 85 21 21 - - 127
             
Independent divisions [2] 36 28 20 - - 84
- Active 3 3 3 - - 9
- Reserve 25 25 17 - - 67
- Territorial 8 - - - - 8
             
Strongpoints [3] 83 + 2 ¼ - - - - 83 + 2 ¼
- 1re Région 7 - - - - 7
- 2e Région 1 ½ - - - - 1 ½
- 6e Région 17 ½ - - - - 17 ½
- 7e Région 11 ½ - - - - 11 ½
- 10e Région 2 - - - - 2
- 11e Région 2 - - - - 2
- 14e Région 10 ¼ - - - - 10 ¼
- 15e Région 10 - - - - 10
- 20e Région 8 - - - - 8
- 21e Région 9 ½ - - - - 9 ½
- G.M.P. 8 - - - - 8
             
Army elements [4] - 6 13 5 38 62
             
Total units [1-4] 206 55 54 5 38 358
             
Detachments [5]           150
- Sections de projecteurs (searchlight)           23
- Détachements de S.T.           102
- Sections techniques de télégraphie           13
- Détachements de parc léger de siège           2
- Détachements de sapeurs cyclistes de divisions de cavalerie           10
             
TOTAL [1-5]           508

 

Notes:

(1) For figurres to add up with Artillery (by Type) it must be assumed that 14 batteries of Artillerie Coloniale were based in France and are included in the Artillerie à Pied figure in the previous table which is taken directly from original source.

(2) 3 batteries of of Morrocan towed and 4 batteries of mountain artillery were part of Artillerie Coloniale units. 4 additional batteries were based in France.

(3) The mobilization plan included a further 176 heavy artillery batteries to be mobilized between October 1914 and 1 January 1915.

(4) Unable to find english translations of engineer unit acronyms.

Source: Adapted from Les Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre (Tome I, Volume 1).