What is a Garrison?

Introduction Garrison (from the French garnison, itself from the verb garnir, “to equip”) is the collective term for any body of troops stationed in a particular location, originally to guard it. Outline The term now often applies to certain facilities that constitute a military base or fortified military headquarters. A garrison is usually in a… Read More

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What is a Kaserne?

Introduction Kaserne is a loanword taken from the German word Kaserne (plural: Kasernen), which means “barracks“. It is the typical term used when naming the garrison location for American and Canadian forces stationed in Germany. American forces were also sometimes housed in installations simply referred to as “barracks”, such as Ray Barracks in Friedberg. American… Read More

What was a Colonia?

Introduction A Roman colonia (plural coloniae) was originally a Roman outpost established in conquered territory to secure it. Eventually, however, the term came to denote the highest status of a Roman city. It is also the origin of the modern term colony. Characteristics The Roman Republic, having no standing army, used to plant bodies of… Read More

What is a Garrison?

Introduction Garrison (various spellings) (from the French garnison, itself from the verb garnir, “to equip”) is the collective term for any body of troops stationed in a particular location, originally to guard it, but now often simply using it as a home base. The garrison is usually in a city, town, fort, castle, ship or… Read More