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    ARMY and CORPS HEADQUARTERS

    This page contains
    2nd Army Headquarters. War Establishment XIV/250/1. May 1944.
    2nd Army Headquarters. War Establishment XIV/250/2. December 1944
    Headquarters 2nd Army Troops. War Establishment XIV/254/1. May 1944
    Headquarters of a Corps. War Establishment III/5/5. November 1943.



    ARMY and CORPS HEADQUARTERS.

    2nd Army Headquarters. War Establishment XIV/250/1. May 1944.
    2nd Army Headquarters. War Establishment XIV/250/2. December 1944
    Headquarters 2nd Army Troops. War Establishment XIV/254/1. May 1944
    Headquarters of a Corps. War Establishment III/5/5. November 1943.


    ARMY HEADQUARTERS

    2nd Army Headquarters. War Establishment XIV/250/1. May 1944.
    2nd Army Headquarters. War Establishment XIV/250/2. December 1944
    Headquarters 2nd Army Troops. War Establishment XIV/254/1. May 1944


    In common with most headquarters the Headquarters of 2nd Army consisted of a small Tactical Headquarters, a larger Main Headquarters and a larger still Rear Headquarters.

    Tactical Headquarters contained only those personnel which were needed for the command of the organisation. Here were General and his personal staff. Gathered around the headquarters were defence troops, Phantom (GHQ Liaison Regiment), Signals and other essentials, but none of the Staff and Headquarters personnel, who remained many miles to the rear.

    Main Headquarters was the home of the General Staff where detailed planning and staff work concerned with operations was carried out. The Chief of Staff commanded Main Headquarters.

    Rear Headquarters contained the staff of the ‘A’ and ‘Q’ branches as well as the staff of the various services and departments. The detailed work of supplying and maintaining the Army was done here. Much of the work was routine and went on regardless of operations but clearly operations depended to some extent on the work done at Rear Headquarters. Usually this headquarters was located well to the rear.

    There was also a separate Headquarters 2nd Army Troops and a Headquarters 2nd Army Civil Affairs. Both of these are included in the War Establishment Table.


    General Sir Miles Dempsey was the commander of 2nd Army. He was Montgomery’s choice as army commander. Dempsey had been a student at Staff College at Quetta when Montgomery was an instructor and Montgomery was impressed by him, probably because Dempsey agreed with much of Montgomery’s thinking. They met again in the 8th Army in N Africa where Montgomery gave Dempsey XII Corps.

    He was a highly competent commander and a thorough planner. Above all he understood Montgomery’s plans and carried them out effectively. He was not a self publicist and in spite of his high position he was overshadowed by Montgomery and never became a public figure. He retired in 1947.



    ARMY TACTICAL HEADQUARTERS.

    General, General Officer Commanding
    2 X Captain, Aide de Camp
    serjeant clerk RASC

    Liaison
    Brigadier General Staff
    General Staff Officer 1st Grade
    2 X General Staff officers 2nd Grade
    4 X General Staff Officers 3rd Grade
    2 X lieutenants
    serjeant clerk RASC
    clerk RASC

    This section also appears under Main Headquarters since it was a General Staff section.

    ARMY MAIN HEADQUARTERS
    MILITARY SECRETARYS BRANCH
    Assistant Military Secretary
    Deputy Assistant Military Secretary
    Staff Captain
    6 X Clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    corporal
    4 X privates

    The function of the Military Secretary’s Branch lay outside the spheres of either of the other branches being an extension of the War Office secretariat and being particularly responsible for the records and welfare of officers.

    STAFF
    GENERAL STAFF BRANCH
    Brigadier General Staff

    Operations
    Colonel General Staff
    General Staff Officers 1st Grade
    3 X General Staff Officers 2nd Grade
    2 X General Staff Officers 3rd Grade
    Supervising Officer (Quartermaster)
    16 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    4 X serjeant
    2 X corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    6 X private
    Six clerks will be shorthand typists. One serjeant and one private will be trained in the reproduction of tactical sketches.

    Liaison
    Brigadier General Staff
    General Staff Officer 1st Grade
    2 X General Staff officers 2nd Grade
    4 X General Staff Officers 3rd Grade
    2 X lieutenants
    serjeant clerk RASC
    clerk RASC

    Plans
    General Staff Officer 1st Grade
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    corporal clerk RASC
    clerk RASC

    Staff Duties
    General Staff Officer 1st Grade
    3 X General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    2 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    11 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    2 X serjeant
    corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    5 X private
    Clerks include one shorthand typist and one shorthand writer Group B


    Intelligence
    General Staff Officer 1st Grade
    2 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade

    Intelligence (A)
    Intelligence A was responsible for information on the enemy
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    6 X Intelligence Officers, Captain or Lieutenant

    Intelligence (A5)
    Intelligence A5 was responsible for information on air matters.
    2 X Intelligence Officer, Captain or Lieutenant

    Intelligence (B) and Intelligence (C)
    Intelligence B was responsible for security. Intelligence C was responsible for censorship and publicity.
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    4 X Intelligence Officers, Captain or Lieutenant

    Intelligence (S)
    Intelligence S was responsible for field survey, topography, air photographs and maps.
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    3 X Intelligence Officers, Captain or Lieutenant
    8 X clerk RASC or Intelligence Corps including
    staff serjeant
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    2 X private

    Army Photographic Interpretation
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    15 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    2 X serjeant
    corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    9 X private
    3 X draughtsman (topographical )RE


    ATTACHED TO THE GENERAL STAFF
    RAC
    Brigadier
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    4 X clerk RAC including
    staff serjeant
    corporal
    2 X private

    Artillery
    Brigadier RA
    General Staff Officer 1st Grade
    3 X General Staff Officer 2nd Grade (including one for AA and one for technical equipment liaison)
    2 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    4 X clerk RA including
    Warrant officer Class I
    staff serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    draughtsman (topographical) RE

    Engineers
    Brigadier (Chief Engineer)
    Lieutenant Colonel, Staff Officer RE
    Lieutenant Colonel, Staff Officer RE Airfields.
    2 X Major, Staff Officer RE
    Major, Staff Officer, Intelligence RE
    Captain, Staff Officer RE
    Captain Staff Officer RE Airfields
    Captain Staff Officer Intelligence RE
    4 X engineer clerks including
    Warrant Officer Class 1
    2 X serjeant
    lance corporal
    4 X clerk RE including
    serjeant
    3 X lance corporal
    Clerks may include 50% engineer clerks
    2 X engineering draughtsman including
    serjeant
    lance corporal

    Chemical Warfare
    Brigadier (Director of Chemical Warfare)
    Colonel (Assistant Director of Chemical Warfare) a physiologist to be included if required.
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    Major, Technical Officer (Chemical Warfare)
    2 X clerk RASC including
    corporal
    private

    Signals
    Brigadier, Chief Signals Officer
    Lieutenant Colonel, Staff Officer Royal Signals
    3 X Major, Staff Officer Royal Signals
    3 X Captain, Staff Officer Royal Signals
    lieutenant, Staff Officer Royal Signals
    8 X clerk Royal Signals including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    4 X private
    serjeant draughtsman Royal Signals
    draughtsman Royal Signals

    Cipher
    Major, Cipher Officer Royal Signals
    Lieutenant Cipher Officer Royal Signals
    corporal clerk Royal Signals (trained in cipher duties)

    Camouflage
    Major, Staff Officer (camouflage
    2 X Captain, Staff Officer (camouflage)
    2 X clerk RASC

    Air
    General Staff Officer 1st grade
    2 X General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    3 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    5 X clerk RASC including
    staff serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    2 X private


    ARMY REAR HEADQUARTERS
    BRANCH OF THE ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL
    Brigadier, Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General
    Colonel (A and Q)
    Staff Captain
    Corporal clerk RASC shorthand typist

    Plans
    Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
    Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
    6 X clerk RASC including
    2 X serjeant
    corporal
    4 X private
    Clerks include one shorthand typists and one trained in the reproduction of tactical sketches.

    Adjutant Generals Branch
    Assistant Adjutant General
    Deputy Assistant Adjutant General
    4 X Staff Captain A
    18 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    staff serjeant
    3 X serjeant
    corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    10 X private
    Clerks include two shorthand typists and one shorthand writer Group B

    Quartermaster Generals Branch
    Assistant Quartermaster General
    3 X Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General
    3 X Staff Captain Q
    15 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    staff serjeant
    2 X serjeant
    corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    8 X private


    MISCELLANEOUS APPOINTMENTS
    Staff Message Control
    Quartermaster
    29 X clerk RASC including
    2 X Warrant Officer ClassII
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    6 X private

    Statistics
    Staff Officer 2nd Grade (statistics)
    Staff Officer 3rd Grade (statistics)
    12 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    2 X staff serjeant
    2 X corporal
    7 X private

    Education
    Staff Officer (Education) 1st Grade
    Staff Officer (Education) 3rd Grade
    2 X clerk RASC


    SERVICES
    Chaplains
    Assistant Chaplain General
    Chaplain 3rd or 4th Class, Staff Chaplain
    2 X clerk RASC including
    corporal
    2 X private

    Survey
    Colonel, Deputy Director of Survey
    Assistant Director of Survey
    Deputy Assistant of Survey
    3 X Captain RE
    3 X clerk (survey) RE including
    staff serjeant
    lance corporal
    private
    2 X draughtsman (topographical) RE
    2 X surveyors (trigonometrical)
    2 X map distributor including
    serjeant
    private

    Works
    Colonel, Deputy Chief Engineer, Works
    Lieutenant Colonel, Staff Officer RE, Works
    Major, Staff Officer RE, Works
    Captain, Staff Officer RE, Works
    Major, Staff Officer RE, Stores
    Captain, Staff Officer RE, Stores
    Major, Staff Officer RE, E and M)
    Inspector of RE Machinery
    11 X engineer clerk including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    3 X serjeant
    2 X corporal
    5 X lance corporal
    5 X engineering draughtsman including
    staff serjeant
    corporal
    3 X lance corporal


    Postal
    Assistant Director of Army Postal Services
    Lieutenant RE
    2 X clerk RE including
    serjeant
    private

    Supplies and Transport
    Brigadier, Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport
    4 X Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport
    6 X Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport
    Staff captain
    25 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    Warrant Officer Class II
    Staff Serjeant
    2 X serjeant
    2 X corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    15 X private
    Clerks include five shorthand typist.
    Staff Serjeant clerk, technical (MT) RASC

    Catering
    Major, Catering Adviser
    Captain, Assistant Catering Adviser
    2 X clerk RASC including
    corporal
    private

    Medical Services
    Brigadier, Deputy Director of Medical Services
    Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Director of Medical Services
    Assistant Director of Hygiene
    Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services
    Staff Captain
    Assistant Director of Dental Services
    7 X clerk RAMC for medical staff including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    serjeant
    corporal
    3 X private
    serjeant clerk orderly for Army Dental Corp
    clerk orderly for Army Dental Corp

    Ordnance
    Brigadier, Deputy Director of Ordnance Services
    Assistant Director of Ordnance Services
    3 X Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services
    2 X Captain RAOC
    Subaltern RAOC for ammunition
    Ordnance Executive Officer
    12 X clerk RAOC including
    Conductor RAOC
    staff serjeant
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    2 X lance corporal
    5 X private
    serjeant ammunition examiner

    REME
    Brigadier, Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering
    Assistant Director of Mechanical Engineering
    4 X Deputy Assistant Director of Mechanical Engineering
    4 X Captain
    Quartermaster
    Assistant Inspector of Armourers
    12 X clerk, technical, REME including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    2 X staff serjeant
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    lance corporal
    6 X private
    clerks include two shorthand typists
    corporal draughtsman, mechanical, REME

    Pay
    Lieutenant Colonel, Staff Paymaster 1st Class
    Paymaster or Assistant Paymaster
    3 X clerk RAPC including
    staff serjeant
    serjeant
    private

    Labour
    Colonel, Deputy Director of Labour
    Assistant Director of Labour
    2 X Deputy Assistant Director of Labour
    Staff Captain
    4 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    serjeant
    2 X private

    Provost
    Deputy Provost Marshal
    Assistant Provost Marshal
    Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
    4 X clerk RASC including
    serjeant
    corporal
    2 X private
    Traffic control
    Assistant Provost Marshal
    Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
    2 X clerk RASC including
    corporal
    private

    Salvage
    Assistant Director of Salvage
    Staff Captain
    clerk RASC including

    Graves Registration
    Deputy Assistant Director of Graves Registration
    clerk RASC including

    Welfare
    Assistant Director of Army Welfare Services
    Staff Captain
    2 X Captain for allotment to detached formations.
    4 X clerk RASC including
    corporal
    3 X private


    LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS
    Major, Camp Commandant
    2 X Captain, Assistant Camp Commandant
    Lieutenant, Assistant Camp Commandant
    2 X Medical Officer RAMC
    Quartermaster

    Regimental Serjeant Major
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant
    3 X Company Quartermaster Serjeant
    serjeant armourer REME

    84 X batman
    2 X butchery dutyman
    15 X clerk RASC including
    serjeant
    4 X corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    6 X private
    corporal clerk RASC for pay duties
    40 X general dutyman including
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    34 X private (including two men trained to the standard of shoemaker, Group C, Class II).
    30 X orderlies including
    corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    26 X private
    2 X medical officers orderly
    2 X orderly for postal duties
    6 X regimental police including
    serjeant
    2 X corporal
    3 X private
    2 X plumber and pipefitter
    2 X carpenter and joiner
    6 X sanitary dutyman
    5 X storeman
    3 X water dutyman
    equipment repairer
    2 X shoemaker RAOC

    Mess Staffs
    16 X officers mess cook ACC
    4 X serjeants mess cook ACC
    serjeant cook for rank and file mess ACC
    2 X corporal cook for rank and file mess ACC
    8 X cook for rank and file mess
    3 X corporal officers mess orderly
    11 X officers mess orderly
    7 X serjeant officers mess steward
    2 X serjeant serjeants mess caterer
    7 X general dutyman

    Transport
    30 X bicycle

    A Field Security Section, Intelligence Corps, War Establishment III/62R/3 will be attached.


    The following form part of the headquarters staff but are shown separately as they may be required to work independently.
    Intelligence (interrogation and captured documents)
    Interrogation section
    Major Intelligence Officer
    Captain or Subaltern Intelligence Officer
    Warrant Officer Class II
    2 X clerk, special intelligence duties
    2 X batman driver RASC

    Captured Documents Section
    Captain or Subaltern Intelligence Officer
    4 X serjeant
    batman driver RASC

    2 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 2


    The following will be attached from Movements Pool, 21 Army Group
    Assistant Quartermaster General (M)
    2 X Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General (M)
    2 X Staff Captain (M)
    7 X clerk RE including
    serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    4 X clerk
    2 X batman
    batman driver
    driver IC
    2 X car 2 seater 4 X 2


    The following will be added for every 1,250 army troops.
    Chaplain
    batman driver
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2


    The following will be held on the strength of Army Headquarters for allotment to each corps under
    command on the following scale for each corps
    Intelligence, interrogation team
    2 X Intelligence Officers, Captain or Subaltern
    serjeant
    corporal
    batman driver RASC
    2 X motorcycle
    1 X 15cwt GS

    Royal Artillery
    Major, Instructor in Gunnery
    batman driver RASC
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2

    Chemical Warfare
    Captain, Technical Officer (Chemical Warfare)
    batman driver RASC

    Camouflage
    Captain, Staff Officer, Camouflage
    Lieutenant, Staff Officer, Camouflage
    batman driver RASC
    corporal clerk RE
    draughtsman (architectural) RE
    serjeant (camouflage)
    1 X motorcycle
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2

    Ordnance
    Captain, Inspecting Ordnance Officer
    batman driver
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2

    Salvage
    Deputy Assistant Director of Salvage
    batman driver
    clerk RASC
    1 X car 2 seater 4 X 2


    The following personnel will be added to the establishment as required
    General Staff Branch
    4 X General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade (Equipment)
    2 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    Lieutenant Liaison Officer
    corporal clerk
    lance corporal clerk
    2 X clerk

    Quartermaster General Branch
    Assistant Quartermaster General

    Royal Armoured Corp
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    clerk RASC

    Royal Engineers
    Captain, Staff Officer, Royal Engineers

    Royal Signals
    Major, Staff Officer, Royal Signals

    Survey
    Captain, Royal Engineers
    2 X clerk, field survey

    Medical add
    clerk RAMC

    Local Administrative Appointments
    Warrant Officer Class II
    company quartermaster serjeant
    duty serjeant
    4 X general dutyman
    4 X storeman
    3 X orderlies
    2 X sanitary dutyman
    4 X batman
    cook
    2 X officers mess orderly




    HEADQUARTERS 2nd ARMY.
    War Establishment XIV/250/2. December 1944.
    There were 12 amendments to the previous establishment. Many of these were in fact included in the previous establishment as increments.

    Military Secretary’s Branch add
    2 X serjeant clerk
    clerk

    General Staff Branch add
    6 X General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    4 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    corporal clerk
    lance corporal clerk
    2 X clerk

    Staff Duties and Training add
    Major , Staff Officer for Physical Training

    Liaison delete
    Brigadier General, General Staff
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade

    Adjutant General and Quartermaster General Branch add
    Quartermaster, Chief Clerk
    Warrant Officer II Class Clerk
    lance corporal clerk
    3 X clerk

    Royal Artillery add
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade

    Royal Engineers add
    Major, Staff Officer

    Add Psychological Warfare
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade

    Staff Message Control delete
    Quartermaster

    Statistics add
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade

    Survey add
    Captain
    2 X clerk, field survey

    Medical add
    clerk RAMC

    RAOC delete
    Captain

    REME add
    serjeant clerk
    2 X clerk

    Graves Registration add
    corporal clerk

    Local Administrative Appointments add
    company quartermaster serjeant
    duty serjeant
    4 X general dutyman
    4 X storeman
    3 X orderlies
    2 X sanitary dutyman
    4 X batman
    serjeants mess cook
    cook
    2 X officers mess orderly



    GHQ LIAISON REGIMENT (PHANTOM)
    Army Squadron

    Operations and Intelligence troop
    Major, Commanding officer
    Major, Intelligence
    2 X Captain, Intelligence
    4 X Subaltern, Intelligence
    intelligence serjeant
    5 X corporal
    13 X trooper

    Motorcycle 1
    Intelligence Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    Squadron Serjeant Major
    Motorcycle 3
    intelligence serjeant
    Motorcycle 4
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 5
    motorcyclist

    Car 4seater 4 X 4 (Humber FWD)
    Major (intelligence), Intelligence Subaltern, driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    2 X Intelligence Subaltern, batman driver
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    15cwt GS
    3 X clerk, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    15cwt 4 X 4 Personnel
    Major, 2 X driver operator
    Carries a Wireless set No22
    15cwt 4 X 4 Personnel
    Intelligence Captain, orderly, driver operator
    Carries a Wireless set No22
    3ton 4 X 4 Troop Carrying
    Intelligence Captain, 4 X intelligence dutyman, orderly, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a 1ton trailer

    Administrative troop
    Captain
    squadron quartermaster serjeant
    4 X corporal
    12 X trooper
    cook
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Captain, batman driver
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    15cwt GS 1
    cook, orderly, driver IC
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    15cwt GS 2
    water dutyman, sanitary dutyman, driver IC
    Tows a water trailer
    15cwt GS 3
    2 X vehicle mechanic
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    15cwt GS 4
    technical storeman, orderly, administrative corporal, medical officers orderly
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    3ton 4 X 4 GS
    squadron quartermaster serjeant, clerk, storeman, orderly, driver IC
    Carries a Bren lmg

    Signals troop
    Captain
    Subaltern
    company quartermaster serjeant
    2 X serjeant
    9 X corporal
    42 X signalman and driver
    batman driver
    2 X driver
    2 X cook

    Motorcycle 1
    Lieutenant
    Motorcycle 2
    vehicle mechanic
    Motorcycle 3
    Foreman of Signals
    Motorcycle 4
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 5
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 6
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 7
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle 8
    despatch rider
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Captain, batman driver

    15cwt Wireless House 1
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for Rear Link to Army Group
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for Rear Link to Army Group
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for anchor to No1, No3 and No3 Patrols
    15cwt Wireless House 4
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for anchor to No4, No5 and No6 Patrols
    15cwt Wireless House 5
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for anchor to No7, No8 and No9 Patrols
    15cwt Wireless House 6
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for anchor to J Troop
    15cwt Wireless House 7
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for J stepping set at Army
    15cwt Wireless House 8
    3 X operator, driver mechanic
    This vehicle for guard set at Army
    3ton 4 X 4 Wireless I
    2 X serjeant, driver mechanic
    Carries 6 X R107 receivers
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    4 X instrument mechanics, storeman, 2 X cook, driver IC
    Carries a bren lmg
    This vehicle for Technical Workshop
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries a 4Kw charging set


    ARMY HEADQUARTERS DEFENCE COMPANY
    War Establishment III/131/2.
    The Major commanding the Defence Company may also deploy headquarters personnel for defence if required.

    Motorcycle 1
    Company Serjeant Major
    Motorcycle 2
    transport serjeant
    Motorcycle 3
    orderly
    Motorcycle 4
    orderly

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Major, batman driver
    Carries a Bren lmg

    15cwt GS 1
    Captain, clerk, batman driver
    Carries office equipment
    15cwt GS 2
    storeman technical, vehicle mechanic REME, driver mechanic
    Carries MT stores and ammunition

    3ton 4 X 4 GS lorry 1
    corporal cook, 3 X cook, sanitary dutyman, driver IC
    Carries cooking sets and rations.
    Carries water in tins
    Tows a water trailer
    3ton 4 X 4 GS lorry 2
    company quartermaster serjeant, storeman, driver IC
    Carries stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS lorry 3
    corporal armourer REME, 2 X vehicle mechanic REME, driver mechanic
    Carries 20mm ammunition and spares

    20mm AA Platoon
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    orderly
    Motorcycle 3
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    serjeant, batman driver
    Carries office equipment

    15cwt AA 1
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 2
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 3
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 4
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    20mm AA Platoon
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    orderly
    Motorcycle 3
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    serjeant, batman driver
    Carries office equipment

    15cwt AA 1
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 2
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 3
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 4
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition


    Ground Defence Platoon
    Motorcycle
    Orderly

    15cwt GS
    Subaltern, driver IC
    Carries baggage and stores

    3ton 4 X 4 troop carrying lorry
    serjeant, 3 X corporal, 21 X riflemen, driver IC
    Carries 3 X Bren lmg and 3 X PIAT
    Forms three sections, each with eight men including a corporal plus a Bren gun. PIATS are available for distribution as required.

    Ground Defence Platoon
    Motorcycle
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    Subaltern, driver IC
    Carries baggage and stores

    3ton 4 X 4 troop carrying lorry
    serjeant, 3 X corporal, 21 X riflemen, driver IC
    Carries 3 X Bren lmg and 3 X PIAT
    Forms three sections, each with eight men including a corporal plus a Bren gun. PIATS are available for distribution as required.

    Armoured Car Troop RAC

    Armoured Car 1
    Subaltern, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator, driver mechanic
    Armoured Car 2
    serjeant, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator, driver mechanic
    Armoured Car 3
    corporal driver operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, gunner operator,
    driver mechanic




    HEADQUARTERS 2nd ARMY TROOPS
    War Establishment XIV/254/1.
    The Headquarters Army Troops was introduced to perform the administrative and supply duties for army troops that were performed by Corps Headquarters for other troops. This allowed Army Headquarters to concentrate on their primary tasks and gave the necessary support to troops attached directly to Army.


    Brigadier, Commanding officer

    STAFF
    GENERAL STAFF BRANCH
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade, trained as Personal Assistant.
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    Lieutenant, Staff Officer
    serjeant clerk RASC
    2 X clerk RASC


    BRANCH OF THE ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL
    Assistant adjutant and quartermaster general
    Deputy assistant quartermaster general
    Staff Captain A
    Warrant Officer ClassII clerk RASC
    2 X corporal clerk RASC
    3 X clerk RASC


    SERVICES
    Supplies and Transport
    Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport
    Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport
    Staff Captain RASC
    8 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    serjeant
    corporal
    5 X private

    Medical
    Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Director of Medical Services
    Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services
    4 X Clerk RAMC including
    staff serjeant
    corporal
    2 X private
    4 X Medical Officers
    4 X medical officers orderly
    4 X batman driver
    The four Medical Officers, each with an orderly and a batman driver form a pool for assignment as required.

    Ordnance
    Assistant Director of Ordnance Services
    Captain RAOC
    6 X clerk RAOC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    Warrant Officer Class II
    corporal
    3 X private
    6 X technical storeman RAOC including
    staff serjeant
    corporal
    4 X private

    Provost
    Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
    clerk RASC
    batman driver


    MISCELLANEOUS
    company quartermaster serjeant
    6 X batman
    clerk RASC
    8 X driver IC RASC
    4 X general dutyman
    office orderly
    officers mess orderly
    2 X other ranks mess orderly
    officers mess cook ACC
    2 X cook
    sanitary dutyman
    water dutyman

    A senior chaplain to the forces 3rd Class is attached from the pool of chaplains at Headquarters 2nd Army

    Transport
    2 X motorcycle
    11 X car 2 seater 4 X 2
    1 X car 4 seater 4 X 2
    1 X 3ton 4 X 2 GS




    HEADQUARTERS of a CORPS
    War Establishment III/5/5. November 1943.

    The corps was a tactical headquarters in much the same way as a brigade was. A corps could contain any number of divisions and had a variable number of units attached to it for various operations. The units which were organic to the corps were relatively few and the trend was to reduce the number steadily throughout the war.

    A Corps contained the following organic units after D Day. For D Day itself corps were using assault establishments. The order of battle was

    Corps Headquarters
    Corps Headquarters Defence Company
    Corps Signals
    Corps Provost Company
    Corps Postal Unit
    Pioneer Salvage unit
    Field Security Section
    Corp Reception Camp
    Corps Field Cash Office
    Field Dressing Station
    Field Hygiene Section
    Casualty Clearing Station
    Armoured Car Regiment
    Headquarters Corps Troops Engineers
    Field Park Company RE
    3 X Field Park Company RE
    Counter Bombardment Troop RA
    Anti Tank Regiment RA
    Light Anti Aircraft Regiment RA
    Survey Regiment RA
    Air Observation Post Squadron
    Headquarters Corps Troops RASC
    2 X Corps Troops Company
    Corps Transport Company
    Motor Ambulance Convoy
    Corps Car Company
    Headquarters Corps Troops RAOC
    Corps Troops Ordnance Field Park
    Corps Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit
    3 X Ordnance Ammunition Company
    Headquarters Corps Troops REME
    Corps Troops Workshop REME
    Light Anti Aircraft Workshop

    Many of the above had increments added for each division in the corps.

    Many other units were normally attached to the corps but not an organic part of it. This was to free the corps from the administrative duties leaving it free to concentrate on tactical planning. The most notable of these units was the Army Group Royal Artillery. These had previously been Corps Artillery but were now assigned to corps as required.

    A further streamlining took place in the autumn of 1944 when more units were removed from corps control but remained in the corps area performing much the same tasks. These included
    Casualty Clearing Stations
    Survey Regiment RA
    Light Anti Aircraft Regiment RA
    Light Anti Aircraft Workshop REME
    Corps Motor Ambulance Company

    There was also some reorganisation of units including
    - RASC which now provided
    Corps Carrier Company
    Corps GT Company
    Corps Heavy GT Company
    Corps Car Company

    - Royal Engineers which now provided a Corps Engineer Group to which Field Companies could be attached.



    PERSONNEL

    Lieutenant General, General Officer Commanding
    Captain or Subaltern, Aide de Camp

    MILITARY SECRETARY’S BRANCH
    Deputy Assistant Military Secretary
    Clerk RASC

    GENERAL STAFF BRANCH
    Brigadier General Staff

    Operations
    General Staff Officers 1st Grade
    3 X General Staff Officers 2nd Grade
    2 X General Staff Officers 3rd Grade

    Liaison
    General Staff officers 2nd Grade
    3 X General Staff Officers 3rd Grade

    Intelligence
    General Staff Officer 2nd Grade
    2 X General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    10 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    staff serjeant
    serjeant
    corporal
    6 X private
    2 X clerk RASC for photographic intelligence duties including
    corporal
    private
    2 X clerk RASC trained in the reproduction of tactical sketches.
    serjeant map issuer
    4 X orderly


    BRANCH OF THE ADJUTANT AND QUARTERMASTER GENERAL
    Brigadier, Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General
    Deputy Assistant Adjutant General
    Assistant Quartermaster General
    2 X Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General
    Staff Captain A
    Staff captain Q
    9 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer ClassII
    staff serjeant
    serjeant
    corporal
    4 X private
    clerk RASC trained in the reproduction of tactical sketches.
    4 X orderly

    ATTACHED TO THE GENERAL STAFF
    Artillery
    Brigadier RA
    2 X General Staff Officer 2nd Grade (including one for AA)
    General Staff Officer 3rd Grade
    Captain REME
    Captain, Intelligence
    5 X clerk RA including
    Warrant officer Class I
    staff serjeant
    serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    2 X orderly

    Engineers
    Brigadier (Chief Engineer)
    Major, Staff Officer RE
    Captain, Staff Officer, Intelligence RE
    Captain, Staff Officer RE, stores
    5 X engineer clerks including
    Warrant Officer Class 1I
    corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    2 X engineering draughtsman including
    serjeant
    corporal

    Chemical Warfare
    Captain, Technical Officer (Chemical Warfare)

    Signals
    Brigadier, Chief Signals Officer
    Major, Staff Officer Royal Signals
    3 X Captain, Staff Officer Royal Signals
    4 X clerk Royal Signals including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    serjeant
    corporal
    lance corporal
    draughtsman Royal Signals

    Intelligence Corp
    3 X Captain or lieutenant


    SERVICES
    Chaplains
    Deputy Assistant Chaplain General
    clerk RASC

    Postal
    Deputy Assistant Director of Army Postal Services

    Supplies and Transport
    Colonel, Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport
    Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies
    Deputy Assistant Director of Transport
    3 X Staff captain
    7 X clerk RASC including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    serjeant
    corporal
    4 X private

    Medical Services
    Brigadier, Deputy Director of Medical Services
    Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services
    Assistant Director of Hygiene
    4 X clerk RAMC including
    Warrant Officer Class II
    corporal
    2 X private

    Ordnance
    Colonel, Deputy Director of Ordnance Services
    Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services
    6 X clerk RAOC including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    serjeant
    corporal
    3 X private (includes one shorthand typist)

    REME
    Colonel, Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering
    Deputy Assistant Director of Mechanical Engineering
    Captain
    Assistant Inspector of Armourers
    Warrant Office Class II Armament Artificer
    5 X clerk, technical, REME including
    Warrant Officer Class I
    serjeant
    3 X private (including one shorthand typist)

    Provost
    Assistant Provost Marshal
    Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
    clerk RASC

    Education
    Staff Officer (Education) 2nd Grade
    Subaltern
    2 X clerk RASC

    Administration
    Major, Camp Commandant
    Captain, Assistant Camp Commandant
    Company Serjeant Major
    Company Quartermaster Serjeant
    serjeant armourer REME

    29 X batman
    2 X butchery dutyman
    serjeant clerk
    2 X clerk RASC
    corporal ration NCO
    36 X general dutyman including
    serjeant
    4 X corporal
    3 X lance corporal
    28 X private (including four for officers mess).
    18 X orderlies (for allotment to Corps Signals)
    3 X sanitary dutyman
    storeman
    2 X water dutyman
    The batmen, orderlies, sanitary dutymen and water dutymen may be below medical category A.



    MISCELLANEOUS
    Medical
    2 X Medical Officer (includes one psychiatrist)
    clerk-orderly (clinical) RAMC for psychiatrist
    medical officers orderly

    Cooks ACC
    6 X cook for officers mess
    13 X cook for other ranks messes including
    serjeant cook
    4 X corporal cook
    8 X cook
    A note to the War Establishment table states that there are six officers messes and four other ranks messes.

    Interrogation team
    2 X Captain or Lieutenant Intelligence Officers
    serjeant, Intelligence Corps
    corporal Intelligence Corps


    ATTACHED
    Meteorological section RAF
    3 X Forecasting Officers
    Liaison Officer
    2 X Non commissioned officer
    3 X leading aircraftsman#
    3 X wireless operator

    Chaplains Pool
    One chaplain , one batman driver and one car 2 seater 4 X 2 will be added for every 1,250 men in corps troops. One in every ten chaplains will be a senior chaplain to the forces (chaplain 3rd class).

    Defence
    A Corps Headquarters Defence Company will be attached but in case this is not available there will be a detachment of one lance corporal, eight privates with 4 X Bren lmg.

    Field Security
    A Corps Field Security Section will be attached

    The following officers may be attached from GHQ Pool.
    General Staff Officer, 3rd Grade, Corps Camouflage Officer
    Staff Lieutenant, Camouflage Officer
    Captain, Technical Officer, Chemical Warfare
    Assistant Director of Labour
    Staff Captain, Labour
    Deputy Assistant Director of Welfare Services
    When the above officers are sent to join Corps Headquarters they will bring their own transport, driver and batman.



    ROYAL SIGNALS
    The following vehicles from Corps Signals were available for Corps Headquarters. They were fully integrated with the Corps Headquarters and many of the Staff had places in the vehicles. This are indicated where known.

    ‘A’ Wireless section, Corps Signals
    This was for the use of Corps Main Headquarters the home of the Corps Commander and the General Staff.
    Lorry Command Vehicle LP 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 and Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is A2 and is for the Corps Commanders net, RT (Morse and
    teleprinter).

    Lorry Command Vehicle LP 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries VHF Wireless set AM 1132 and Wireless set No19
    This vehicle is A3 and is Reserve and Tactical Reconnaissance (Air).

    Lorry Command Vehicle LP 3
    corporal operator, 2 X operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 and Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is A4 and is for links to flank formations.

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 1
    corporal operator, operator, electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus R.107
    This vehicle is A1 and is for the Corps Commanders net RT (voice).
    This vehicle has seats for the Corps Commander and the Chief of Staff.

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 2
    serjeant, corporal operator, operator, electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus receiver R107
    This vehicle is A5 and is for the Main Army net RT (voice)

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 3
    section serjeant, corporal operator, operator, corporal instrument mechanic,
    driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus Receiver R107
    This vehicle is A6 and is for the Main Army net (Morse and teleprinter) and acts
    as Signal Office.

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 4
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus Receiver R107
    This vehicle is A7 and is for the Rear Corps net RT (voice)

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 5
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus Receiver R107
    This vehicle is A8 and is for communication with airfields

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 6
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus Receiver R107
    This vehicle is A9 and is for communication with the Armoured Car Regiment

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 7
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No 19 plus Receiver R107
    This vehicle is A10 and is for the Rear Corps net (Morse and teleprinter)

    Armoured Car 1
    Lance corporal operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No19 and no 19 HP
    Armoured Car 2
    Lance corporal operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No19 and no 19 HP

    A Wireless set No 22, provided by A section Corps Signals was carried in the Divisional Commanders Car


    ‘B’ Wireless section.
    This was for the use of Corps Rear Headquarters, the home of the A and Q staffs.

    15cwt Wireless House 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is for signals pool
    15cwt Wireless House 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is for signals pool
    15cwt Wireless House 3
    corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 19 HP
    Carries a Bren lmg
    This vehicle is for signals pool
    15cwt Wireless House 4
    lance corporal, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 22
    This vehicle is for signals pool
    15cwt Wireless House 5
    lance corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 22
    This vehicle is for signals pool
    15cwt Wireless House 6
    lance corporal operator, operator, driver operator
    Carries Wireless set No 22
    Carries Bren lmg
    This vehicle is for signals pool

    3ton lorry GS
    5 X relief operator, 2 X relief driver IC, driver IC
    Carries stores

    Lorry Command Vehicle LP 1
    corporal operator, operator, electrician, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 and Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is B4 and is for signals pool.

    Lorry Command Vehicle LP 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No 19 and Wireless set No 19 HP
    This vehicle is B5 and is for signals pool.

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 1
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No19 plus Receiver R 107.
    This vehicle is B1 and is for Main Corp and Rear Division RT (voice).

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 2
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No19 plus Receiver R 107.
    This vehicle is B2 and is for Rear Army net.

    Lorry Command Vehicle HP 3
    corporal operator, operator, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set 12 HP and Wireless set No19 plus Receiver R 107.
    This vehicle is B3 and is for Main Corps net (Morse and teleprinter).

    Note:
    By 1945 Lorry command Vehicle B1 tows a 6Kw generator trailer.





    GHQ LIAISON REGIMENT (PHANTOM)

    A Captains patrol
    This was assigned to a Corp Headquarters. Its duties were much as for the Subalterns patrol but it included listening into the Phantom and J patrol rear links and deciphering the messages before passing them on to the Corp staff. One extra vehicle and four extra personnel were provided for this duty. This service meant that the Corp staff usually knew about the position of its divisions by Phantom communications before it learned of them direct from the divisional staff.

    Motorcycle
    despatch rider
    Motorcycle
    cipher corporal
    Jeep
    Subaltern, batman driver
    Carries wireless receiver R107
    Tows a 10cwt trailer
    15cwt 4 X 4 armoured truck (White)
    2 X operator, cipher clerk, driver mechanic
    Carries Wireless set No22 (later Wireless set Canadian No9)
    and 2 X wireless receiver R107
    15cwt Wireless House
    2 X operator, driver IC
    Carries 2 X wireless receiver R107


    CORPS HEADQUARTERS DEFENCE COMPANY
    The Major commanding the Defence Company may also deploy headquarters personnel for defence if required.

    Motorcycle 1
    Company Serjeant Major
    Motorcycle 2
    transport serjeant
    Motorcycle 3
    orderly
    Motorcycle 4
    orderly

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Major, batman driver
    Carries a Bren lmg

    15cwt GS 1
    Captain, clerk, batman driver
    Carries office equipment
    15cwt GS 2
    storeman technical, vehicle mechanic REME, driver mechanic
    Carries MT stores and ammunition

    3ton 4 X 4 GS lorry 1
    corporal cook, 3 X cook, sanitary dutyman, driver IC
    Carries cooking sets and rations.
    Carries water in tins
    Tows a water trailer
    3ton 4 X 4 GS lorry 2
    company quartermaster serjeant, storeman, driver IC
    Carries stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS lorry 3
    corporal armourer REME, 2 X vehicle mechanic REME, driver mechanic
    Carries 20mm ammunition and spares

    20mm AA Platoon
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    orderly
    Motorcycle 3
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    serjeant, batman driver
    Carries office equipment

    15cwt AA 1
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 2
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 3
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 4
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition

    20mm AA Platoon
    Motorcycle 1
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle 2
    orderly
    Motorcycle 3
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    serjeant, batman driver
    Carries office equipment

    15cwt AA 1
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 2
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 3
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition
    15cwt AA 4
    serjeant, 2 X gun numbers, driver IC
    Carries 20mm AA gun
    Carries a Bren lmg
    Tows a trailer containing 20mm ammunition


    Ground Defence Platoon
    Motorcycle
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    Subaltern, driver IC
    Carries baggage and stores

    3ton 4 X 4 troop carrying lorry
    serjeant, 3 X corporal, 21 X riflemen, driver IC
    Carries 3 X Bren lmg and 3 X PIAT
    Forms three sections, each with eight men including a corporal plus a Bren gun. PIATS are available for distribution as required.

    Ground Defence Platoon
    Motorcycle
    orderly

    15cwt GS
    Subaltern, driver IC
    Carries baggage and stores

    3ton 4 X 4 troop carrying lorry
    serjeant, 3 X corporal, 21 X riflemen, driver IC
    Carries 3 X Bren lmg and 3 X PIAT
    Forms three sections, each with eight men including a corporal plus a Bren gun. PIATS are available for distribution as required.

    Armoured Car Troop RAC

    Armoured Car 1
    Subaltern, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator, driver mechanic
    Armoured Car 2
    serjeant, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator, driver mechanic
    Armoured Car 3
    corporal driver operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, gunner operator,
    driver mechanic





    CORPS RECEPTION CAMP
    War Establishment III/64/2
    March 1944

    This is designed for use with a corps of two divisions. Increments are added for each additional division in the corps. The basic camp can administer up to 1000 reinforcement personnel.

    Personnel
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Adjutant and Quartermaster (may be a quartermaster or, if a combatant officer, a Captain.
    2 X Captain or Subaltern

    Regimental Serjeant Major
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant
    2 X company serjeant major
    provost serjeant
    serjeant general dutyman
    3 X batman
    corporal clerk
    2 X clerk
    3 X general dutyman
    motorcyclist
    medical officers orderly
    officers mess corporal
    3 X regimental police
    3 X storeman
    corporal sanitary dutyman
    2 X sanitary dutyman
    corporal water dutyman
    water dutyman

    Attached
    Medical Officer RAMC
    officers mess cook ACC
    serjeant cook ACC
    6 X cook ACC

    Total 42

    Transport
    2 X bicycle
    1 X motorcycle


    When an additional division is attached to the corps the following personnel will be added.
    Subaltern
    Company Serjeant Major
    clerk
    general dutyman
    2 X cook ACC

    All personnel may be of low medical category.


    MARKINGS
    Corps vehicles carried the corps formation sign on the nearside front and rear. The Arm of Service sign was carried on the offside.

    All corps units had a white bar at the top of the Arm of Service sign. This might carry an abbreviation of the units name.

    Corps Headquarters carried the number 17 in white on a black square.
    Corps Defence Company carried the number 17 in white on a black square
    Corps Signals carried the number 41 in red on a blue and white square
    Corps Provost Company carried the number 83 in white on a black square
    Corps Postal Unit carried the number 84 in white on a black square
    Corps Reception Camp carried the number 88 in white on a black square

    Other Corps units signs are given in other booklets which give details of Corps artillery, RASC, engineers etc.

    Note that
    the Corps signals unit does not carry the number of the headquarters but has its own number
    the Postal Unit has a black square although it is a Royal Engineer unit
    the Reception Camp has a number although it has no vehicles. Numbers were also used to give directions to units

    Corps in 21 Army Group included
    I Corps
    VIII Corps
    XII Corps
    XXX Corps

    All four Corps were in Normandy by 30th June and continued in action until the end of the Campaign in May 1945. I Corps, VIII Corps and XXX Corps then became Corps Districts for the Occupation of Germany.
     

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