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 BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

 FIELD REGIMENT 1944

Updated 16 June 2014

ORGANIZATION FOR MANÅ’UVRE

The following tables are taken from the War Establishments for:

Summary Table - Men

 

Lt Col

Maj

Capt

Sub

WO

SNCO

JNCO

Gnr/Pte

Total (excl 1st rft)

Officers RA

1

4

11+1

20+4

 

 

 

 

36

Tradesmen RA

 

 

 

 

 

5

10

135+3

150

Non-tradesmen/unspecified RA

 

 

 

 

11

32+1

98+6

323+39

464

RAMC Attached

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

ACC Attached

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

18

21

REME Attached

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

Total Field Regiment

1

4

12

20

11

38

111

476

673

Officers R Signals

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

Tradesmen R Signals

 

 

 

 

 

1

10

23

34

Non tradesmen R Signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

ACC Attached

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

Total Signal Section

 

 

 

1

 

1

10

27

39

Tradesmen REME

 

 

 

 

1

1

2

6

10

Total LAD

 

 

 

 

1

1

2

6

10

Complete Total

1

4

12

21

12

40

123

509

722

 Notes:
The Quartermaster (a commissioned WO) and Medical Officer could be any rank Subaltern - Major but all are shown as Captains.  
The RA non-tradesman NCO allocation could be filled by non-repair tradesmen.  
First reinforcements for the Signals Section were held in the Signals Regiment, there were none for the LAD.
The LAD with a towed field regiment in an armoured division had, in addition, a Captain or Subaltern and sections for each battery and the Signal Troop had slightly different ranks and trades as in a SP regiment.
This regiment is significantly larger than the1940 regiment although the number of guns is the same.  The increase in RA tradesmen from 53 to 150 is notable.

Summary Table - Vehicles and Trailers

Vehicle

Qty

Vehicle

Qty

Motor-cycle, solo

26+4+1

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, G.S.

24+2

Car, 5-cwt, 4×4

17+4

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×2, stores and tools

2

Car, 4-seater, 4×4

2

Lorry, 3-ton, 6×4, breakdown

1

Car, 2-seater, 4×2

1

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

36

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, G.S.

17

Armoured observation post

6

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, office

1

Light tank observation post

3

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×4, personnel

1+2

Trailer, artillery

48

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, fitted for wireless

21

Travelling platform

8

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, wireless house

1

Trailer, 10-cwt, 2-wheeled, G.S.

1

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, water

4

 

 

 Summary Table - Weapons

Weapon

Qty

L.M.G. ·303-in

 25+1

P.I.A.T.

 13+1

Pistols, signal

9

20-mm A.A.

 8

25-pdr

24

20mm had replaced the AA LMGs.

THE ORGANIZATION OF A FIELD REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS

Group or party

Name of vehicle

Type of vehicle

Personnel

Remarks

Regtl. H.Q. Party

Z

4-seater car, 4×4

C.O.
Subaltern
Driver I.C.

Issued with 2nd vehicle (5-cwt. car or scout car) in early 1945.

 

S.2.

15-cwt. truck, 4×4, personnel

Operator
Driver operator

2 wireless sets No 19
(R Signals)

 

S.1.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Subaltern (signal officer)
Batman-driver

(R Signals)

 

M.C.1.

Motor-cycle, solo

C.O.'s orderly  

 

 

Z.2

4-seater car, 4×4

Major, 2 i/c
Operator (R Signals)
Driver I.C.

Wireless set No 22.

 

 

Motor-cycle, solo

Despatch rider

(R Signals)

 

M.C.2.

Motor-cycle, solo

2 i/c's. orderly

 

 

Sur. 1. 

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Survey officer
Battery surveyor

 

Adjt.'s Party

A.1.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, personnel

Adjutant
Serjeant clerk (to HQRA)
Duty serjeant
2 L.M.G. numbers
Vehicle mechanic
Driver I.C.

2 L.M.Gs.

 

M.C.3.

Motor-cycle, solo

Adjutant's orderly  

 

 

S.3.

15-cwt. truck, 4×4, personnel

Corporal operator
2 operators
Driver-mechanic

Rear link & forward control
Wireless sets No 19 & No 19 H.P.
(R Signals)

 

 

Motor-cycle, solo

Signal serjeant

(R Signals)

 

 

Motor-cycle, solo

Despatch rider

(R Signals)

Survey Party

M.C.4

Motor-cycle, solo

Survey serjeant  

 

 

M.C.5

Motor-cycle, solo

Battery surveyor 

 

 

Sur. 2

5-cwt. car, 4×4

2 battery surveyors  

 

 

Sur. 3

5-cwt. car, 4×4

2 battery surveyors  

 

 

Sur. 4

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

2 battery surveyors  

Survey stores

Regtl. H.Q. Group

A.2.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, office

R.S.M.
2 clerks
Driver I.C.

Office equipment

 

A.3.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

M.O.
Batman-driver

 

 

A.4.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

M.O's. orderly
1 Sanitary duty man
Driver I.C.

Medical stores

 

S.7.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, wireless house

2 operators
Driver-operator

Wireless set No 22
(R Signals)

 

S.4.

5-cwt. car, 4×4 & trailer 10-cwt

Corporal lineman
2 lineman
Driver I.C.

Cable layer
(R Signals) 

 

S.5.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

2 corporal operators
4 operators
2 lineman
Driver I.C.

Signal office 
P.I.A.T.
(R Signals) 

 

S.6.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Corporal electrician
Instrument mechanic
Operator
Cook, A.C.C.
Driver-mechanic

6 K.W. charging set
L.M.G.
(R Signals) 

 

S.8.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

3 lineman

(R Signals)

 

S.9

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Despatch rider  

(R Signals)

 

 

Motor-cycle, solo

Despatch rider 

(R Signals)

"B" Echelon

Q.1.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Q.M.
Batman-driver  

 

 

Q.2.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, water

Water dutyman
Driver I.C.

 

 

Q.3.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Cook, A.C.C.
5 batman
Butchery dutyman
2 L.M.G. numbers
Driver I.C.

Cooking sets and rations,
2 L.M.Gs. P.I.A.T.

 

Q.4.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

R.Q.M.S.
Storeman
Clerk
2 cooks, A.C.C.
Driver I.C.

Q.M. Stores.

 

Q.5.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

2 vehicle mechanics
Serjeant storeman technical
Storeman (technical)
Artificer R.A. or fitter, gun
Serjeant armourer, R.E.M.E.
Driver I.C.

M.T. stores and petrol.

 

 

Travelling platform

 

20-mm A.A.

 

 

Travelling platform

 

20-mm A.A.

LAD REME

 

Car, 4-seater, 4×2

WO Class 1 armament artificer
Serjeant vehicle mechanic

 

 

 

Motor-cycle, solo

Storeman

 

 

 

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, stores & tools

Storeman
Fitter
Driver mechanic

 

 

 

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, stores & tools

Electrician (vehicle & plant)
Welder
Fitter
Driver mechanic

 

 

 

Lorry, 3-ton, 6×4, breakdown

Fitter
Driver mechanic

 

THE ORGANIZATION OF A FIELD BATTERY

Group or party

Name of vehicle 

Type of vehicle

Personnel

Remarks

B.C's. party

X

Light tank observation post (3 wireless sets)

Major
2 driver-operators
Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Armoured observation post (2 wireless) in Armd Div

 

X.2.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

O.P.A.
Batman
Driver I.C

For B.C. as required.
Issued with additional vehicle (5-cwt. car or scout car) in early 1945. 

 

M.C.1.

Motor-cycle, solo

B.C's orderly  

 

 

H

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S. fitted for wireless

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

Wireless set

 

M.1.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

4 signallers
Driver I.C

 

 

M.C.2.

Motor-cycle, solo

C.P.O.A.

 

 

M.C.3.

Motor-cycle, solo

C.P.O's orderly

 

"O" party

R.A.

Armoured observation post (2 wireless sets)

Captain
2 driver operators
Driver-mechanic

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets) in Armd Div.
Issued with 2nd vehicle (5-cwt. car or scout car) in early 1945.

 

M.C.4.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signaller

 

 

R.B.

Armoured observation post (2 wireless sets)

Captain
2 driver operators
Driver-mechanic

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets) in Armd Div.
Issued with 2nd vehicle (5-cwt. car or scout car) in early 1945. 

 

M.C.5.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signaller.  

 

"G" party

G.A.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, fitted for wireless

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

Wireless set

 

J.A.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

A. Tp. B.S.M.  
Artificer R.A. or gun fitter

 

 

M.2

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

4 signallers
O.P.A.
Driver I.C

 

 

G.B.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, fitted for wireless

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

Wireless set

 

J.B.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

B. Tp. B.S.M.  
Artificer R.A. or gun fitter 

 

 

M.3

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

4 signallers
O.P.A.
Driver I.C

 

Bty. H.Q. Party

Y

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, fitted for wireless

Subaltern, Assistant C.P.O.
C.P.O.A.
Clerk
Driver I.C 

Assistant C.P.O. stores

 

M.C.6.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signalling serjeant

 

 

K.1

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, fitted for wireless

Captain
2 driver-operators

Wireless set

 

M.C.7.

Motor-cycle, solo

Captain's orderly  

 

 

K.2.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

4 signallers
2 L.M.G. number
Driver I.C.

2 L.M.Gs.
P.I.A.T.
an additional 15-cwt. truck was added in early 1945

Gun Group

T.L.A.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, fitted for wireless

Subaltern A Tp. leader
G.P.O.A.
Batman
2 driver-operators

Wireless set

 

M.4.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

5 signallers
2 L.M.G. numbers
Batman
Driver I.C

2 L.M.Gs.,
P.I.A.T.

 

A. Tp. Guns (2 secs. each)

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

Nos. 1-4
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

24 rds + 8 rds A.P. shot
Ammo trailer with 32 rds

 

 

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

Nos. 1-4
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

24 rds + 8 rds A.P. shot
Ammo trailer with 32 rds

 

 

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

Nos. 5 and 6 of each gun;
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

24 rds
2 ammo trailers, each 32 rds

 

T.L.B.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, fitted for wireless

Subaltern A Tp. leader
G.P.O.A.
Batman
2 driver-operators

Wireless set

 

M.5.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

5 signallers
2 L.M.G. numbers
Batman
Driver I.C

2 L.M.Gs.,
P.I.A.T.

 

B. Tp. Guns (2 secs. each)

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

Nos. 1-4
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

24 rds + 8 rds A.P. shot
Ammo trailer with 32 rds

 

 

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

Nos. 1-4
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

24 rds + 8 rds A.P. shot
Ammo trailer with 32 rds

 

 

Tractor, 4×4, field artillery

Nos. 5 and 6 of each gun;
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

24 rds
2 ammo trailers, each 32 rds

 

J

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Battery serjeant-major
Vehicle mechanic

 

Amn. Group

Amn 1

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

5 gunners Amn. Nos.
Driver I.C.

184 rds. ammunition

 

Amn 2

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

3 batmen
Driver I.C.

184 rds. ammunition

 

Amn 3

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Vehicle mechanic
Sanitary dutyman
2 L.M.G. numbers
Driver I.C.

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

 

 

Travelling platform

 

20-mm A.A.

 

 

Travelling platform

 

20-mm A.A.

 "B" Echelon

Q.1.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

B.Q.M.S.
Clerk
Storeman
Driver I.C.

Q stores

 

Q.2.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Storeman technical
Equipment repairer
Electrician (R Signals)
Driver I.C.

M.T. stores
1260 watt charging set

 

Q.3.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Vehicle mechanic
Driver I.C.

Petrol

 

Q.4.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Cpl. cook A.C.C.
5 cooks A.C.C.
Driver I.C.

Cooking sets, rations

 

Q.5.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, water

Water dutyman
Driver I.C.  

 

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