US Army QM & Engineer Units
Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:42 AM
Having found on the web details of the units and the approximate lengths of their stay (varying from a few weeks to a few months) I am trying to estimate the total number of troops. Whilst the TOE of combat units are easily found I'm having more trouble with the support units. In particular;
Quartermaster Service Company
Quartermaster Troop Transport Company
Quartermaster Truck Company
Engineer Light Equipment Company
Engineer Combat Battalion
Medical Section (numbered 268 to 282 with no other detail)
Many of the units comprised colored soldiers and one can imagine the problems they might have encountered in this relatively rural backwater. I have found press reports of 'ladies of easy virtue' not in the first flush of youth who came here from the East end of London (described as 'known associates of coloured troops') arrested in possesion of US Army equipment (blankets & torches!) and large amounts of cash.
Can anyone help with a rough estimate of the number of troops in each of these types of unit?
Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:26 PM
Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:45 PM
However having 1 Regiment, 38 Battalions & 36 Companies plus other miscellaneous units of US troops pass through the area in 12 months does seem significant to me! Even if they were not meant to leave their camps there would still have been a lot of contact between the locals and the visitors.
In fact 626 Engineer Light Equipment Company did use their mechanical plant to complete some reshaping of the landscape in the centre of Sherston so they are certainly still remembered hereabouts.
Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:51 AM
Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:36 AM
Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:23 PM
Division Medical - Composed of:
Medical section - 12 officers, 5 NCO's, and 169 men
Surgical unit - 3-0-25
Dental unit - 1-0-3
2 x Field Hospital - 6-2-54 each.
For the 7th Cav brigade 1 April 1940
QM troop LT Maint 2 officers and 90 men (ie a company)
Engineering Troop - 4 officers 128 men
Medical Troop - 6 officers 90 men
From the same time period I have a Service troop (company) for a cav regiment with 4 officers and 95 men.
for a 1 march 1942 Armored Engineer Battalion 44-2-1,178
Armored Engineer companys (4) - 5 officers 197 men each
All from The Tactical Notebook
Edited by lwd, 26 August 2010 - 02:45 PM.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:53 PM
The service Company for an Armored Division at the same time is listed as 7-1-152
the Armored Engineer battalion for said division is listed as 40-2-1,132
That's about all I can dig out. Hope it helped some.
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Edited by lwd, 26 August 2010 - 03:06 PM.
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