Malev (military unit)

Malev (military unit)
Brigade Nato.svg
Standard Estonian military map symbol for a a malev.
Active present
Country  Estonia
Branch Estonian Defence League
Type infantry
Size 2000
Equipment small firearms
grenade launchers
tactical transport vehicles
infantry fighting vehicles
portable missile launchers
artillery group
air defence systems
Commander Captain ES-Army-OF14.jpg, Major ES-Army-OF15.jpg
or Lieutenant Colonel ES-Army-OF16.jpg

A malev is an ancient Estonian military unit led by a senior officer that is subordinate to an infantry division. A malev was originally based on a manpower of county and was led by a county vanem. Malev is bigger than a pataljon (battalion) but smaller than a diviis (division). It is currently the largest military formation among the Estonian Defence League infantry units.[1]



Usually, a malev is a sub-component of a division, a larger unit consisting of two or more malevs; however, some brigades are classified as a separate brigade and operate independently from the traditional division structure. A malev's commanding officer is commonly a major or colonel.[2]


A modern malev is typically composed of three to five companies or battalions, depending on the area and available manpower of a given county. Each malev can operate independently on a battlefield encompassing an area of 10 x 15 kilometres.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Estonian Defence Forces formations
  2. ^ Eesti relvajõudude ametikohtade tunnused

Sources and references

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