Anti-Tank Battery Abbreviation

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by gmyles, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Hi Everyone

    Does anyone know what an "R.O." is?

    There are three officers holding these appointments on the Field Return of Officers of 14th A-Tk Regiment in December 1944. One "R.O." for each battery.

    Thanks in advance

  2. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Reconnaissance officer?
  3. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Range officer
  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Hi Gus,
    Where on the Field Return is the RO noted? Under Appointment held or in association with rank?
  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    I've also come across R.O. as reinforcement officer.
  6. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Its in the Appointment held column.
  7. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Been through my lists.

    Glossary of Royal Artillery
    Terms and Abbreviations
    (Historical and Modern) by Philip Jobson.

    RO = (i) Retired Officer

    (ii) Reference Object – used in Survey

    (iii) Regimental Order.

    From other lists.
    RO Reference Object
    RO Replenishment Objective.
    RO Research Objective.
    RO Royal Ordnance.
    RO Routine order or Recreation (or Range) Officer.
    RO Recruitment Officer.
  8. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Thanks for all of the replies.

    I too thought of Range Officer as it kind of best fits.

    Can anyone explain what a Range Officer would do in an anti-tank battery and is it a role that was unique to anti-tank artillery?

  9. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Recce Officer sounds more likely to me as it makes sense for someone to choose gun positions and arcs before they turn up. Sort of their equivalent of a field regiment's survey and/or gun position officers?

    On the other hand, there would be benefits to systematic measuring/estimation and marking of ranges across a battery's arc, so a Range Officer might work in that sense.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
  10. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    I see your point, but why wouldn't they just call them GPOs or SOs if they are doing more or less the same thing?

  11. idler

    idler GeneralList

    It's only similar in the sense that they are 'organising' their guns. I'm very vague on this sort of thing, but assume the survey officer was responsible for tying his guns into the rest of the regiment on the map while an A/Tk officer is siting direct fire weapons and trying to outthink the enemy - trigonometry v tactics.
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