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 BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

 FIELD (S.P.) REGIMENT 1944

Updated 16 June 2014

ORGANIZATION FOR MANŒUVRE

The following tables are taken from the War Establishment for:

Summary Table - Men

 

Lt Col

Maj

Capt

Sub

WO

SNCO

JNCO

Gnr/Pte

Total (excl 1st rft)

Officers RA

1

4

12+1

20+4

 

 

 

 

37

Tradesmen RA

 

 

 

 

 

5

10

152+3

167

Non-tradesmen/unspecified RA

 

 

 

 

11

32+1

95+6

277+40

415

RAMC Attached

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

ACC Attached

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

18

21

REME Attached

 

 

 

 

 

1

 3

 

4

Field Regiment Total

1

4

13

20

11

37

111

478

645

Officers R Signals

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

Tradesmen R Signals

 

 

 

 

 

1

12

21

34

Non tradesmen R Signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

Signals Troop Total

 

 

 

1

 

1

13

23

38

Officers REME

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

Tradesmen REME

 

 

 

 

1

4

4

25

34

Non tradesmen REME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

LAD Total

 

 

1

 

1

4

4

28

38

Complete Totals

1

4

14

21

12

42

126

529

721

 Notes:
The Quartermaster (a commissioned WO) and Medical Officer could be any rank Subaltern - Major and the LAD commander was Subaltern - Captain, but all are shown as Captains.
The RA non-tradesman NCO allocation could be filled by non-repair tradesmen.

Summary Table - Vehicles and Trailers

Vehicle

Qty

Vehicle

Qty

Motor-cycle, solo

32+4+2

Half track, fitted for wireless

34

Car, 5-cwt, 4×4

14+4+3

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, G.S.

28+1

Car, 4-seater, 4×4

1

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, signal office

1

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, G.S.

6

Tractor, 6×4, breakdown

1

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, office

1

Tank observation post

13

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×4, personnel

1+2+3

Carriers, tracked, starting and charging

3

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, water

4

S.P. mounting

24

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, wireless house

1

Trailer, 1-ton, 2-wheeled, G.S.

15+3

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, machinery, type K.L.

1

Trailer, 15-cwt, 2-wheeled

1

Half track, fitted with winch

12

 

 

 Summary Table - Weapons

Weapon

Qty

L.M.G. ·303-in

 24+3

P.I.A.T.

 13+1

Pistols, signal

9

Guns, 25-pdr

24

THE ORGANIZATION OF A FIELD REGIMENTAL (SP) HEADQUARTERS

Group or party

Name of vehicle

Type of vehicle

Personnel

Remarks

Regtl. H.Q. Party

Z

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets)

Lieutenant-colonel C.O.
O.P.A.
Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)
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)
2 L.M.G. numbers
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)

 

S.1.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Subaltern (signal officer)
Batman-driver

(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, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

Technical adjutant
Driver I.C.

 

 

A.3.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, office

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

Office equipment

 

A.4.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

Duty serjeant
2 L.M.G. numbers
Driver I.C.

2 L.M.Gs.

 

A.5.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

M.O.
Batman-driver

 

 

A.6.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

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

Cooking sets and rations

 

Q.4.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

2 cooks, A.C.C.
Butchery dutyman
Driver I.C. 

Cooking sets and rations

 

Q.5.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

R.Q.M.S.
Storeman
Vehicle mechanic
Clerk
Driver I.C.

Q.M. Stores.

 

Q.6.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

Staff-serjeant storeman technical
Vehicle mechanic
Storeman (technical)
Serjeant armourer, R.E.M.E.
Driver I.C.

M.T. stores and petrol.

LAD HQ REME

 

Motor-cycle, solo

WO Class 2 armament artificer

 

 

 

Motor-cycle, solo

Storeman

 

 

 

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, machinery type K.L.

Welder electric
Driver I.C.

 

 

 

Lorry, 3-ton, 4×4, G.S.

Captain/subaltern O.C LAD
Electrician (vehicle & plant AFV)
Clerk technical
General dutyman
Batman-driver

 

 

 

Tractor, 6×4, breakdown

Vehicle mechanic A.F.V.
Driver mechanic

 

THE ORGANIZATION OF A FIELD BATTERY (SP)

Group or party

Name of vehicle 

Type of vehicle

Personnel

Remarks

B.C's. party

X

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

Major
O.P.A.
2 driver-operators

Wireless sets

 

X.2.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

C.P.O.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, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

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

Wireless set
C.P.O's. stores

 

M.1.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

4 signallers
Driver I.C

 

 

M.C.2.

Motor-cycle, solo

C.P.O's orderly

 

 

M.C.3.

Motor-cycle, solo

C.P.O.A.

 

"O" party

R.A.

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets)ess sets)

Captain
O.P.A.
Driver operator Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

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

 

M.C.4.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signaller

 

 

R.B.

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets)

Captain
O.P.A.
Driver operator Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

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

 

M.C.5.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signaller.  

 

"G" party

G.A.

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets)

A. Tp. Subaltern, G.P.O.
G.P.O.A.
Driver operator Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Wireless set.
Started changing to Armd G.P.O. vehicle (tracked) in early 1945

 

J.A.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

A. Tp. B.S.M.  
Driver I.C. 

 

 

M.2

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

4 signallers
Vehicle mechanic
Batman
Driver I.C

 

 

G.B.

Tank observation post (3 wireless sets)

B Tp Subaltern, G.P.O.
G.P.O.A.
Driver operator Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Wireless set.
Started changing to Armd G.P.O. vehicle (tracked) in early 1945 

 

J.B.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

B. Tp. B.S.M.  
Driver I.C. 

 

 

M.3

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

4 signallers
Vehicle mechanic
Batman
Driver I.C

 

Bty. H.Q. Party

Y

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

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

C.P.O's. stores

 

M.C.6.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signalling serjeant

 

 

K.1

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (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.

2 L.M.G. numbers
Clerk
C.P.O.A.
Driver I.C

L.M.G.
P.I.A.T.

 

M.4.

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

4 signallers
Driver I.C.

 

Gun Group

T.L.A.

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

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

Wireless set
P.I.A.T. 

 

M.5.

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

5 signallers
Artificer R.A. or gun fitter
Driver I.C


 

A. Tp. Guns (2 secs. each)

S.P. mount

Nos. 1-4
Driver-operator
Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Wireless set
102 rds

 

 

S.P. mount

Nos. 1-4
Driver-operator
Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Wireless set
102 rds

 

 

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for winch)

Ammo number
Driver-mechanic

64 rds

 

T.L.B.

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

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

Wireless set
P.I.A.T. 

 

M.6.

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for wireless)

5 signallers
Artificer R.A. or gun fitter
Driver I.C

 

 

B. Tp. Guns (2 secs. each)

S.P. mount

Nos. 1-4
Driver-operator
Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Wireless set
102 rds

 

 

S.P. mount

Nos. 1-4
Driver-operator
Driver-mechanic (A.F.V.)

Wireless set
102 rds

 

 

15-cwt. truck, half-tracked (fitted for winch)

Ammo number
Driver-mechanic

64 rds

 

M.C.8.

Motor-cycle, solo

Battery serjeant-major

 

 

 

Carrier, tracked, starting and charging

Corporel electrician R.E.M.E.
Vehicle mechanic
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C.

 

Amn. Group

Amn 1

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

3 Ammunition numbers
Driver I.C.

152 rds. ammunition

 

Amn 2

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

3 Ammunition numbers
Driver I.C.

152 rds. ammunition

 "B" Echelon

Q.1.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

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

Q stores

 

Q.2.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

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

M.T. stores
1260 w charging set

 

Q.3.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

Vehicle mechanic
Batman
Driver I.C.

Petrol

 

Q.4.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

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

Petrol
2 L.M.Gs. 

 

Q.5.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S. (draws trailer)

2 L.M.G. numbers
Driver I.C.

Petrol
2 L.M.Gs. 

 

Q.6.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Cpl. cook A.C.C.
5 cooks A.C.C.
2 L.M.G. numbers
Driver I.C.

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

 

Q.7.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, water

Water dutyman
Driver I.C.  

 

 

M.C.9.

Motor-cycle, solo

Vehicle mechanic

 

Sect. R.E.M.E

 

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Serjeant vehicle mechanic
Vehicle mechanic
Driver mechanic

 

 

 

15-cwt. truck, 4×4, personnel, tows trailer 1-ton G.S.

2 Vehicle mechanics
Electrician (vehicle & plant AFV)
Fitter
Welder acetylene
Driver mechanic

 

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