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troops vs soldiers

  • August 26, 2007, 10:25am

I concur strongly with Steve above. A "Troop" is not a single person, it is a unit of soldiers! I have been researching the Army -Sioux wars of the 19th century. Historical analyses written in the early 20th century consistently use the term "Troop" in this regard, as it was used in the American Civil War. I must say that I have not yet found a specific definition as to how may bodies comprises a "Troop" and this is driving me nuts, which is how I stumbled on this conversation. Steve's definition above of two or more platoons is the most concrete definition I've seen so far. I am beginning to suspec that there is no definite number of bodies, in whatever capacity, associated with the term. Anyone with further insight, please help!!