The identification, command structure, strength, and disposition of personnel, equipment, and units of an armed force.
A tabular analysis of the units, commanding officers, weaponry, etc. of a particular army, naval force, etc.; often, specif., such an analysis for a particular battle or campaign.
(military) The arrangement of units or other divisions of the armed forces in combat; specifically, the deployment plans of an enemy, or a written record of this. [from 17th c.]
In classical and preindustrial warfare, the scheme and sequence in which units arrived and deployed on the battlefield.
Other Word Forms
orders of battle
Order-of-battle Sentence Examples
A new order of battle was adopted - the troops being massed in crescent formation, with a reserve in the shape of a parallelogram ready to strengthen the weakest point.
The right wing under Eugene had to make a difficult march over broken ground before it could form up for battle, and Marlborough waited, with his army in order of battle between Unterglau and Blenheim, until his colleague should be ready.
In the field, armies lived as a rule in camp (q.v.), and when the provision of canvas shelter was impossible in bivouac. At the present time, however, it is unusual, in Europe at any rate, for troops on active service to hamper themselves with the enormous trains of tent wagons that would be required, and cantonments or bivouacs, or a combination of the two have therefore taken the place, in modern warfare, of the old long rectilinear lines of tents that marked the restingplace and generally, too, the order of battle of an 18th-century army.
These bad dreams are behind the latest reshuffle, which clearly defines the order of battle Microsoft expects over the next few years.