What is an Aide-de-Camp?

Introduction An aide-de-camp (French expression meaning literally “helper in the [military] camp”) is a personal assistant or secretary to a person of high rank, usually a senior military, police or government officer, or to a member of a royal family or a head of state. An aide-de-camp may participate at ceremonial functions, and the first… Read More


What is a Batman?

Introduction A batman or an orderly is a soldier or airman assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant. Before the advent of motorised transport, an officer’s batman was also in charge of the officer’s “bat-horse” that carried the pack saddle with his officer’s kit during a campaign. The British English term is derived… Read More