Supplies used by 53rd Welsh Division

Discussion in '53rd (Welsh) Division' started by Owen, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just finished their Divisional History and thought some of you would like to read of the supplies need to keep the Division going from Normandy to Hamburg.
    I thought I'd add this as we discuss the fighting men rather alot and without the Services bringing up the supplies, they can do nothing.

    The following figures of various types of supplies, used in the Division during the campaign, give some idea of the immense quantities provided by the RASC and RAOC and moved in Divisional RASC vehicles.

    Rations
    Field Service Rations 4,325,276
    "Compo" Rations 1,720,404
    Total 6,045,680
    Total Weight 14,363 tons
    Rum 353,420 rations ( 2,894 Gallons)

    Ammunition
    25 Pdr Gun (various categories) 1,473,165 rds
    4.2" Mortar (HE and smoke) 99,666 rds
    3" Mortar (various categories) 213,666 rds
    2" Mortar (various categories) 97,898 rds
    Small Arms:
    Mk VIIIZ 6,179,400 rds
    .303 (various categories) 8,371,804 rds
    Sten Gun (9mm) 2,935,700 rds
    PIAT HE 20,340 rds
    Grenades (various types) 108,282 rds
    Mines ,Anti-tank 11,455 rds

    P.O.L
    Petrol 4,343,037 Gallons
    Oil 107,599 Gallons
    Anti-freeze mixture 7,686 Gallons
    Grease 20,033 lbs.

    Replacements (Selection of more common items)
    Motor Cycles 409
    Bren Carriers and Armoured OPs 383
    Trucks , 15 cwt 295
    Jeeps 263
    Socks 113,693 pairs
    Boots 40,569 pairs
    Bren Guns 653
    3" Mortars 36
    25 Pdr Guns 35
    Watches 2,317
    Leather Jerkins 17,900

    Another interesting fact is the 53rd Welsh Divisional Provost Company erected approximately 75,000 signs during the campaign using 150 tons of timber and 3,500 gallons of paint.
     
  2. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Over 6 million ration packs? That's a lot of corned beef! Any idea what the difference is between Field Service Ration Packs and Compo Rations? I wonder if these totals include hot meals served by battalion cooks at field kitchens? It would ne nice to know an estimate also for pounds of tea/tea bags issued.

    H
     
  3. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    owen ,do you have any figures for l.a.a. 40mm or 20mm ammunition.yours very sincerely,lee.
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Sorry Lee, nothing about that.

    I can tell you the 53rd Div Postal Unit handled,
    Incoming Letters 4,533,000
    Outgoing Letters 4,195,300
    Incoming Parcels 560,275
    Outgoing Parcels 81,940
    Incoming Registered Items 113,500
    Outwards Registered Items 45,195
    Incoming Newspapers 823,600


    The Divisional Signals laid 7,347 miles of cable.
    Despatch Rider Services covered 475,114 miles-equivalent of 19 times around the world.
    Divisional Switchboard worked without a break for 5,952 hours.
    Telephone Calls averaged 6,773 per week(968 per day or 40 per hour)

    No. 307 Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit performed the following services for 53rd Div.
    Men Bathed 309,421
    Items Laundered
    Towels 164,990
    Socks 156,101
    Shirts 149,844
    Drawers 147,733
    Vests 80,297
     
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Socks 156,101
    Sloppy procedure leading to loss... or a one legged man?

    EDIT By Owen, pairs of socks I imagine.:rolleyes:
     
  6. shunnerp

    shunnerp Junior Member

    Fantastic detail. I'm still working on the MLBU stuff in my spare time. More to it than I thought I must admit. I'm still planning a trip to Kew to look at the war diaries of a couple of units. Is this where you get this sort of detail???? Can I quote the Laundry Quantities given here with any authority? Is there anything you guys can't get hold of (retorical).
     
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    the divisional signals laid 7,347 miles of cable.
    Despatch rider services covered 475,114 miles-equivalent of 19 times around the world.
    Divisional switchboard worked without a break for 5,952 hours.
    Telephone calls averaged 6,773 per week(968 per day or 40 per hour)


    Up The Royal Corps !
     
  9. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Owen
    What were the Div up to here that they needed Heavy Arty support.
    Rob.
    Extract from the Diary;

    2nd March. 1945.
    Bright clear day.
    09.00 Section of “A” Troop moving to the new position at ELST.
    10.30 Warning order re change of command to the 53rd (Welsh) Div. Adjt left for the 49th Div for orders.
    11.30 Adjt returned – Regiment to be under command 53rd (W) Div when change over takes place.
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Rob, they'd just taken Weeze, should have been relieved by 49th Div but as enemy resistance was crumbling Corps Commander decided to continue applying pressure with 53rd.
    160th Bde was clearing woods NE & E of Weeze.
     
  11. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    :)
    Thanks Owen.
    That clears up one query I had with some of the Regt sections in the area Kevelaer and Boxmeer and firing on the area of Goch with the others at Elst.
    Cheers
    Rob
     
  12. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Any idea what the difference is between Field Service Ration Packs and Compo Rations? I wonder if these totals include hot meals served by battalion cooks at field kitchens? It would ne nice to know an estimate also for pounds of tea/tea bags issued.

    An unsubstantiated guess at the moment, but I think the Field Service Ration Packs would have gone via (I won't say 'through') the unit cooks whilst compo went to the sharp end; in theory.
     

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