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TO&E, Armored Ordnance Battalions

Discussion in 'Military Training, Doctrine, and Planning' started by WILD DUKW, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. WILD DUKW

    WILD DUKW Active Member

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    A great many tanks and other vehicles, as well as personnel, were shed when the War Dept. reorganized the heavy armored divisions into light armored divisions.

    With fewer tanks and other vehicles to maintain it is my guess the Armored Ordnance Battalions lost personnel and equipment as a result of this reorganization.

    I have drawn a blank on documenting this. It would be very helpful if anyone can provide more information on this topic.

    Mucho Thanks,

    Bad Bob
     
  2. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    Bob,

    While other units of the 1943 armored division were heavily trimmed of personnel and equipment, the Ordnance Maintenance Battalion was not. Under TO&E17 1 March 1942, the battalion had an aggregate strength of 873 officers, WO, and EM, which was reduced to 762 under the 17 September 1943 TO&E. In the 24 January 1945 TO&E it was further reduced to 732.
     
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    WILD DUKW Active Member

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    Rich,

    Many Thanks for the information. Based on your numbers the OMB lost about 13% of its personnel under the 17 September 1943 TO&E. Is it possible for you to provide your source for this?

    Again, very much appreciated.

    Bad Bob
     
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    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    Ken Roberts Greenfield, Robert R. Palmer, and Bell I. Wiley, The Organization of Ground Combat Troops. Also, Yves J. Bellanger, U.S. Army Armored Division 1943-1945 is extremely useful for details on the later organization.
     
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    WILD DUKW Active Member

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    Thanks again. :)
     
  6. GaryJKennedy

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    Outline organisation for T/O 9-65 of 15Sep43

    HQ & HQ Co; 19 Offrs, 3 WOs, 143 EM
    Three Cos, each; 7 Offrs, 1 WO, 191 EM
    Att Med; 2 Offs, 8 EM

    Bn HQ - 3 Offrs, 11 EM, 1x 1/4-ton, 1x 3/4-ton and 1x 2.5-ton trucks
    HQ Sec - 11 Offrs, 1 WO, 23 EM, 3x 1/4-ton, 1x 3/4-ton and 2x 2.5-ton trucks and 1x M3A1 halftrack
    Co HQ - 1 Offr, 3 EM, 1x 3/4-ton truck
    Maint Sec - 1 Offr, 7 EM, 1x 1/4-ton and 1x 3/4-ton trucks
    AM&S Sec - 23 EM, 1x 2.5-ton truck
    Supply Sec - 1 Offr, 1 WO, 47 EM, 26x 2.5-ton trucks
    Serv & Salv Sec - 1 Offr, 1 WO, 16 EM, 4x 2.5-ton machine shop trucks, 1x 2.5-ton welding truck and 2x heavy wrecker trucks
    Insp Sec - 1 Offr, 13 EM, 3x 1/4-ton and 1x 2.5-ton trucks

    Three Cos, each;

    Co HQ Sec - 1 Offr, 6 EM, 1x 1/4-ton truck, 1x M3A1 halftrack
    Maint Sec - 1 Offr, 4 EM, 1x 3/4-ton truck
    AM&S Sec - 28 EM, 1x 2.5-ton truck

    Serv Sec - 1 WO, 11 EM, 1x 3/4-ton truck, 1x 2.5-ton machine shop truck, 1x 2.5-ton welding truck
    Supply Sec - 1 Offr, 11 EM, 6x 2.5-ton trucks

    1 Automotive Pl;
    Pl HQ - 2 Offrs, 36 EM, 1x 1/4-ton truck, 1x 3/4-ton truck, 4x 2.5-ton trucks (incl 2 auto and 1 electric repair), 1x 4-ton truck and 1 heavy wrecker truck
    Two Maint Secs, each - 18 EM, 1x 3/4-ton truck, 1x 2.5-ton truck
    Reclaim & Evac Sec - 20 EM, 1x 2.5-ton truck, 2 heavy wrecker trucks, 3x 40-ton truck/trailers (tank recovery)

    1 Armament Pl;
    Arty Sec - 1 Offr, 17 EM, 1x 1/4-ton truck, 2x 2.5-ton trucks (incl 1 arty repair)
    Small Arms Sec - 1 Offr, 11 EM, 1x 1/4-ton truck, 1x 2.5-ton truck (s/a repair)
    Instrument Sec - 11 EM, 1x 1/4-ton truck, 1x 2.5-ton truck (instr repair)

    Med Det - 2 Offrs, 8 EM, 1x 1/4-ton truck, 2x 3/4-ton trucks

    Gary
     

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