Motor Buses

Discussion in 'RASC' started by Gordon163, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Gordon163

    Gordon163 Active Member

    Records show that, towards the end of the war, my uncle was driving 'motor buses' for RASC. I assume that this would be for transporting troops in the build up to D day, moving 'walking wounded' or even POWs. Does anyone have any idea why RASC would be using buses, otherwise, please?
  2. CL1

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

  3. Gordon163

    Gordon163 Active Member

    Hello Clive,

    Thanks for this info. Obviously a huge logistical problem.

  4. billh35

    billh35 Active Member

    The used of civilian type buses and coaches occurred at the start of the war rather than towards the end. The creation of 32 motor coach companies was intended to move troops quickly - each company had the capability of moving an infantry battalion. By 1942/3 these units were converting from buses and coaches to 4x4 Bedford QLR lorries which were capable of carrying troops in "off-road" conditions where buses couldn't go. At this point they were re-designated from motor coach companies to troop carrying companies.

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