The map below displays the location of Venezuelan Army brigades taken from the Venezuelan Army web page.
This page will be a work in progress as I will add more information.
For now, the struggle between the Maduro government and the opposition backed by the United States is one of propaganda and pressure. My feeling (and hope) is that this latest crisis will not be decided by a large scale invasion or prolonged unrest and the struggle is determined between a significant part of army remaining loyal to Maduro or switching to support Juan Guaido's claim to an interim presidency and a relative bloodless transfer of power.
- Most brigades consist of 3 battalions plus various specialist and support companies.
- The numbers to the right are the brigade numbers.
- The 91st brigade is called armored cavalry but I give them the old cavalry designation (one diagonal line) as I believe they have a significant number of actual cavalry (i.e. horse borne) units.
- A few brigades are designated "Caribe". They are named after the ferocious Caribe tribe and are counter-insurgent troops (more below).
- The Army's web page does not list the location of the Combat Engineer Brigades.
Two interesting links below. I have yet to dive in deep but they will help me flesh out information on some of the brigades.
Caribe explanation from a Aviacionargentina post:
"These troops were called previously, Tropas de Cazadores (Hunters), and were counter-irregular troops, but with the change of designation, to Caribes (the most ferocious of the tribes that existed in Venezuela and the Caribbean Sea, hence its name), its function was changed. Today they are still counter-irregular troops, but now they are also irregular troops, framed in the new Venezuelan Military Doctrine, of ambivalence between the Symmetric and the Asymmetrical, between the Irregular and the Regular. There are four (04) brigades, the following: 12, 32, 92, 93, and 25 but the latter, apparently is being transformed into another brigade."