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 BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

 HEAVY REGIMENT 1944

Updated 16 June 2014

ORGANIZATION FOR MANŒUVRE

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

5

6

18+4

 

 

 

 

30

Tradesmen RA

 

 

 

 

 

6

10

113+1

129

Non-tradesmen/unspecified RA

 

 

 

 

6

25+1

107+7

404+44

542

RAMC Attached

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

ACC Attached

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

19

23

REME Attached

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

Heavy Regiment Totals

1

5

7

18

6

32

121

536

726

Officers R Signals

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

Tradesmen R Signals

 

 

 

 

 

1

10

24+1

35

Non tradesment R Signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

AC Attached

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

Signal Section Total

 

 

 

1

 

1

10

28

40

Tradesmen REME

 

 

 

 

1

1

3

7

12

LAD Total

 

 

 

 

1

1

3

7

12

Complete Total

1

5

7

19

7

33

134

571

778

 Notes:
The Quartermaster (a commissioned WO) and Medical Officer could be any rank Subaltern - Major, but 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

25+4+1

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, water

5

Car, 5-cwt, 4×4

9+4

Lorry, 3-ton , 4×4, G.S.

32+2

Car, 4-seater, 4×4

2

Lorry, 3-ton , 4×2, stores & tools

2

Car, 4-seater, 4×2

1

Lorry, 3-ton , 6×4, breakdown

1

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, G.S.

21

Tractor, 6×4 or 6×6, heavy

36

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, office

1

Armoured observation post

4

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

17

Armoured car

4

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, wireless house

1

Travelling platform

6

Truck, 15-cwt, 4×2, personnel

2

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

1

 Summary Table - Weapons

Weapon

Qty

L.M.G. ·303-in

 25+1

P.I.A.T.

 17+1

Pistols, signal

12

20-mm A.A.

 6

155-mm/7.2-in

16

 

THE ORGANIZATION OF A HEAVY 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.

 

 

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 (carried).

 

 

Sig. Sec. M.C.

Despatch Ride

(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, G.S.

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

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

 

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.

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

2 driver-operators

Wireless set (arty/R)

 

A.4.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

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
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)

 

A.7.

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Duty serjeant
Vehicle mechanic

 

 

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.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

Q.M.
Serjeant storeman, technical
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
Driver I.C.

Cooking sets and rations

 

Q.4.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

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

Cooking sets and rations

 

Q.5.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

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

Q.M. Stores.

 

Q.6.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Storeman (technical)
Serjeant armourer, R.E.M.E.
Driver I.C.

L.M.G.

 

 

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 HEAVY BATTERY

Group or party

Name of vehicle 

Type of vehicle

Personnel

Remarks

B.C's. party

X

Armoured observation post (2 wireless)

Major
O.P.A.
Driver-operator
Driver-mechanic

Or Armoured car

 

M.C.1.

Motor-cycle, solo

B.C's orderly  

 

 

O

Armoured observation post (2 wireless sets)

Subaltern
O.P.A.
2 driver operators

 

 

M.C.2.

Motor-cycle, solo

Signalling serjeant

 

"G" party

G

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

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

Wireless set

 

M.C.3.

Motor-cycle, solo

G.P.O's. orderly

 

 

M.1

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

6 signallers
Driver I.C

Mechanical cable layer
P.I.A.T.

 

H

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

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

Wireless set

 

M.C.3.

Motor-cycle, solo

Battery serjeant-major

 

 Gun Group

K.1

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

Captain
O.P.A.
2 driver-operators

Wireless set

 

M.C.4.

Motor-cycle, solo

Captain's orderly  

 

 

M.2

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

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

Hand cable layer
2 L.M.Gs.
P.I.A.T.

 

K.2

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

Clerk
3 signallers
Driver I.C.

Wireless set (arty/R)

 

 

5-cwt. car, 4×4

Subaltern (battery leader)
Batman-driver

 

 

Guns (2 secs. each)

Tractor, 6×4, heavy 1 (draws gun)

Nos. 1-6
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

10 rds 7.2-in
or
20 rds 155-mm

 

 

Tractor, 6×4 or 6×6, heavy

Nos. 7-13
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

20 rds 7.2-in
or
40 rds 155-mm

 

 

Tractor, 6×4, heavy (draws gun)

Nos. 1-6
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

10 rds 7.2-in
or
20 rds 155-mm

 

 

Tractor, 6×4 or 6×6, heavy

Nos. 7-13
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C

20 rds 7.2-in
or
40 rds 155-mm

Amn group

Amn 1

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

4 ammunition numbers
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C
 

Camouflage stores
L.M.G.
26 rds 7.2-in
or
20 rds 155-mm
 

 

Amn 2

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

4 ammunition numbers
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C
 

Camouflage stores
26 rds 7.2-in
or
20 rds 155-mm
 

 

Amn 3

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

4 ammunition numbers
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C
 

Camouflage stores
L.M.G.
26 rds 7.2-in
or
20 rds 155-mm
 

 

Amn 4

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

4 ammunition numbers
Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C
 

Camouflage stores
26 rds 7.2-in
or
20 rds 155-mm
 

 "B" Echelon

Q.1.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

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

Q stores
P.I.A.T.

 

Q.2.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

Storeman technical
Artificer RA or gun fitter
Electrician (R Signals)
2 L.M.G. numbers
Equipment repairer
Driver I.C.

M.T. stores
1260 w charging set

 

Q.3.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

Artificer RA or gun fitte
Driver I.C.

Petrol

 

Q.4.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, G.S.

Cpl. cook A.C.C.
4 batmen
Driver I.C.

Cooked food distribution

 

Q.5.

3-ton lorry, 4×4, G.S.

4 cooks A.C.C.
Batman
Drive I.C. 

Cooking sets and ratios

 

Q.6.

15-cwt. truck, 4×2, water

Water dutyman
Driver I.C.  

 

 

 

Tractor, 6×4, heavy

Driver-mechanic
Driver I.C.

 

 

 

Travelling platform

 

20-mm A.A.

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