Abbreviation help needed

Discussion in 'Unit History' started by Andreas, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books


    I have the following abbrevs. but have no idea what they mean:

    This relates to mixed Indian, South African, and British formations in 1941.

    Ord W/S Coy (ordnance wireless service?)
    21 Fd Coy S & M (Indian unit?)
    I.I.B.T. Coy (Indian Infantry Brigade Transport Coy?)
    A.Tps Coy R.E. (?? Royal Engineers)
    F.P.O. (Field post Office?)

    Many thanks!

    All the best

  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    RE Royal Engineers
    EFI Expeditionary Force Institutes
    MAC Motor Ambulance Company (RAMC) ie Royal Army medical corps
    DID Detail Issue Depot (RASC)Royal army service corps

    These are from my list of abbreviations from the Army office-not always correct though as I have found in the past!

  3. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Hi Andreas.

    Ord w/s coy is ordnance workshop company

    Fd Coy is Field Company

    I think A.Tps is Armoured Troops Company Royal Engineers


  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  5. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Brilliant, many thanks!

    What did the EFI do then? The other ones are self-explanatory, I think.

    All the best

  6. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    A Tps Coy Re Could be Army Troops Company Royal Engineers
    FSD Forward Supply Depot (Dump)
  7. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    EFI is NAAFI in uniform (i.e overseas)
    S&M - Sappers and Miners ? as in Madras Sappers and Miners
    FPO is correct
    FAD - Forward Ammunition Depot or Dump?

  8. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Many thanks again to all.

    Chris, I believe that you are correct about the Sappers.

    All the best

  9. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    EFI - Expeditionary Forces Institute (NAAFI)

    IIBT -IBT is usually India -India Burma Theatre. Also CIBT - China - India Burma Theatre or- BIBT - Burma -India Burma Theatre.

    A Tps is Army Troops.
  10. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Many thanks Wills!

    I have another one:

    L.R.S. - related to tank repair.

    Many thanks to all again.

    All the best

  11. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    LRS - I imagine a REME or ex Tankie lad will confirm. in my time it was Local Repair Shop/Service.
  12. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Many thanks again!

    All the best


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