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 BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

  AIR LANDING LIGHT BATTERY 1944

Original 21 March 2008

ORGANIZATION FOR MANŒUVRE

The following tables are taken from the War Establishment for:

Summary Table - Men

 

Maj

Capt

Sub

WO

SNCO

JNCO

Gnr/Pte

Total (excl 1st rft)

Officers RA

1

3

8+2

 

 

 

 

12

Tradesmen RA

 

 

 

 

 

1

41

42

Non-tradesmen/unspecified RA

 

 

 

3

10+1

29+2

97+12

139

ACC Attached

 

 

 

 

 

1

5

6

Total Battery

1

3

8

3

10

31

143

199

 Notes:  The RA non-tradesman NCO allocation could be filled by non-repair tradesmen.  Additional NCO ranks for repair tradesmen cold be allocated on a regimental basis.  

Summary Table - Vehicles and Trailers

Vehicle

Qty

Vehicle

Qty

Bicyles, folding

62

Non-airborne:

 

Motor-cycle, solo

17

Car, 2-seater, 4×2

1

Motor-cycle, lightweight

11

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, G.S.

3

Car, 5-cwt, 4×4

38

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, water

1

Tank, light

1

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, G.S.

4

Trailer, 2-wheeled, lightweight, G.S.

32

 

 

 Summary Table - Weapons

Weapon

Qty

L.M.G. ·303-in

 5

Mortars 2-inch (airborne)

 3

Pistols, signal

10

Pack howitzer 75-mm

8

THE ORGANIZATION OF AN AIRBORNE LIGHT BATTERY

Group or party

Name of vehicle 

Type of vehicle

Personnel

Remarks

B.C's. party

X

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets) & trailer

Major
2 driver-operators
Signaller

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

O.P.A.

 

 

X.2.

Tank, light Driver-operator
Driver-mechanic
 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

B.C's orderly  

 

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman

 

 

H

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets) & trailer

C.P.O.
2 C.P.O.As.
2 driver-operators

 

 

M.1.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

3 signallers
Driver I.C

Hand cable layer

 

 

Motor-cycle,

C.P.O's orderly

 

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman

 

"O" party

R.A.

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets)

Captain
2 signallers
Driver operator

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

O.P.A.  
 

 

Motor-cycle,

Signaller  
 

 

Motor-cycle,

Orderly  

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman

 

 

R.B.

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets)

Captain
2 signallers
Driver operator

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

O.P.A.  
   

Motor-cycle,

Signaller  
   

Motor-cycle,

Orderly  

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman  

 

"G" party

G.A.

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets) & trailer

A. Tp. Subaltern, G.P.O.
2 driver-operators

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

G.P.O.A.

 
 

 

Motor-cycle,

G.P.O.A.

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

A. Tp. B.S.M.  

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

A. Tp. Fitter, gun

 
 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman

 

 

M.2

5-cwt. car, 4×4

2 signallers
Driver I.C

Hand cable layer

 

G.B.

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets) & trailer

B Tp Subaltern, G.P.O.
2 driver-operators

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

G.P.O.A.

 
 

 

Motor-cycle,

G.P.O.A.

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

B. Tp. B.S.M.  

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

B. Tp. Fitter, gun

 
 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman

 

 

M.3

5-cwt. car, 4×4

2 signallers
Driver I.C

Hand cable layer

Bty. H.Q. Party

Y

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (1 wireless set)

Subaltern, Assistant C.P.O.
C.P.O.A.
2 driver-operators

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

Signalling serjeant

 

 

K.1

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (2 wireless sets) & trailer

Captain
Signaller
2 driver-operators

 

 

 

Motor-cycle,

Captain's orderly  

 

 

K.2.

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (& trailer

C.P.O.A.
2 clerks

Office equipment

Guns

A. Tp. Right Sect

5-cwt. car, 4×4 (wireless set)

Subaltern
2 driver-operators

 

   

Motor-cycle,

Signaller  

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Batman

 

 

Gun

Bicycle, folding

Serjeant, No 1  

 

 

5-cwt. car, 4×4, trailer & howitzer

Driver-mechanic

 

   

5-cwt. car, 4×4, 2×trailers

Driver I.C

 
   

Bicycle, folding (×5)

Gun numbers 2 - 6

 
 

Gun

Bicycle, folding

Serjeant, No 1  

 

 

5-cwt. car, 4×4, trailer & howitzer

2 ammunition numbers
Driver-mechanic

 

   

5-cwt. car, 4×4, 2×trailers

Driver I.C

 
   

Bicycle, folding (×5)

Gun numbers 2 - 6  

 

A. Tp. Left Sect

   

As for A. Tp. Right Sect

 

B. Tp. Right Sect

   

As for A. Tp. Right Sect

 

B. Tp. Left Sect

   

As for A. Tp. Right Sect

 

 

Motor-cycle,

Battery serjeant-major

 

   

5-cwt. car, 4×4, trailer.

2 cooks A.C.C.
Vehicle mechanic

A Tp
   

5-cwt. car, 4×4, trailer.

2 cooks A.C.C.
Vehicle mechanic

B Tp

"B" Echelon

 

Motor-cycle,

B.Q.M.S.

 

 

 

5-cwt. car, 4×4, trailer

Storeman (technical)
Vehicle mechanic
Equipment repairer
Driver I.C.

Vehicle mechanic tools

 

 

5-cwt. car, 4×4, trailer

Cpl. cook A.C.C.
Cook A.C.C.
Driver I.C.

112 rds. ammunition
Camouflage stores
L.M.G.
P.I.A.T.

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Storeman

 

 

 

Bicycle, folding

Water dutyman 

 

 Non-Airborne

 

2-seater car, 4×2

Driver I.C.

B.C.'s car

 

 

15-cwt. truck, 4×2

Driver I.C.

Petrol

 

 

15-cwt. truck, 4×2

Driver I.C.

Cooking sets & rations

 

 

15-cwt. truck, 4×2

Driver I.C.

Fitter's tools

   

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, water

Driver I.C.

 
   

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Driver I.C.

Q.M. stores
   

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Driver I.C.

Ammunition
   

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Driver I.C.

Ammunition

 

 

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Driver I.C.

Anti-gas stores

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