Gun Battery 1941

The information for a Gun Battery 1941 is based on two publications. The establishment is based on War Establishment 79/W.E./1934 (S.D.3) dated 25 February 1941. The organisation is taken from Artillery Training Volume 1, Pamphlet 2B, 1941. RHA & Field Regiments – Battle Drill and Manœuvre for the Reconnaisance and Occupation of Positions dated 20th August 1941. However, the Gun Battery 1941 organisation given in the Training Pamphlet is noted as being for guidance only.

Battery Commander’s Party

X Carrier Armoured Battery Commander, 2 x Signallers,
Observation Post Assistant – Wireless set
X2 Car 2 Seater Driver – For Battery Commander when required
H Truck 15 cwt Command Post Officer, 2 x CPO Assistants, 2 x Signallers,
Driver – Wireless set
MC1 Motorcycle Battery Commander’s Orderly
MC2 Motorcycle Command Post Officer’s Orderly

 

O Party

RA Carrier Armoured
Observation Post
A Troop Commander, Signaller,
Observation Post Assistant – Wireless set
MC3 Motorcycle A Troop Signals NCO
RB Carrier Armoured
Observation Post
B Troop Commander, Signaller,
Observation Post Assistant – Wireless set
MC4 Motorcycle B Troop Signals NCO

Note: RA & RB would become RC & RD in the second battery and RE & RF in the third battery

G Party

GA Truck 15 cwt A Troop Gun Position Officer, GPO Assistant, 2 x Signallers,
Driver – Wireless set
MC5 Motorcycle A Troop Battery Sergeant Major
M2 Truck 15 cwt 4 x Signallers (2 line, 2 maintenance), Driver – Hand Cable Layer
GB Truck 15 cwt B Troop Gun Position Officer, GPO Assistant, 2 x Signallers,
Driver – Wireless set
MC6 Motorcycle B Troop Battery Sergeant Major
M3 Truck 15 cwt 4 x Signallers (2 line, 2 maintenance), Driver – Hand Cable Layer

Note: GA & GB become GC & GD in the second battery & GE & GF in the third

BHQ Party

Y Truck 15 cwt Assistant Command Post Officer, 2 x CPO Assistant’s, Driver
MC7 Motorcycle Battery Signals Sergeant – with Battery Commander’s
group when required
M1 Truck 15 cwt 4 x Signallers (2 x Command Post, 2 x Maintenance), Driver –
Mechanical Cable Layer
K1 Truck 15 cwt Battery Captain (BK), 2 x Signallers, Driver – Wireless set
MC8 Motorcycle BK’s Orderly
K2 Truck 15 cwt Bombardier Clerk, 2 x Signallers, 2 x Gunners local defence,
Driver – RAF wireless set

 

Gun Group

TLA Truck 15 cwt A Troop Leader, Gun Position Officer’s Assistant,
2 x Gunners local defence, Signaller, Driver
M4 Truck 15 cwt 4 x Signallers, Driver – Hand Cable Layer
A Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
B Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
C Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
D Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
AB Tractor 4 x 4 2 x Gun No’s 5 & 6, 2 x Drivers
CD Tractor 4 x 4 2 x Gun No’s 5 & 6, 2 x Drivers
MC9 Motorcycle Gun Fitter
TLB Truck 15 cwt B Troop Leader, Gun Position Officer’s Assistant,
2 x Gunners local defence, Signaller, Driver
M5 Truck 15 cwt 4 x Signallers, Driver – Hand Cable Layer
E Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
F Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
G Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
H Tractor 4 x 4 Gun No’s 1 – 4, Driver Mechanic, Driver – tows Gun & Trailer
EF Tractor 4 x 4 2 x Gun No’s 5 & 6, 2 x Drivers
GH Tractor 4 x 4 2 x Gun No’s 5 & 6, 2 x Drivers
MC10 Motorcycle Gun Fitter
MC11 Motorcycle Battery Sergeant Major

Note: TLA & TLB become TLC & TLD in the second battery & TLE & TLF in the third battery

Ammo Group

Amn1 Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 5 x Gunners Ammo No’s, Driver
Amn2 Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 4 x Batmen, Driver
Amn3 Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 4 x Batmen, Driver

 

B Echelon

P Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 Bombardier Driver, Spare Driver – Petrol
Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 Battery Quartermaster Sergeant, Clerk, Storeman,
Driver – Quartermaster Stores
Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 Motor Mechanic, Technical Storeman,
Equipment Repairer, Driver – Motor Transport Stores
MC12 Motorcycle Vehicle Fitter
Q3 Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 Bombardier Cook, 2 x Cooks, Sanitary Duty Man,
Driver – cooking sets, rations
Q4 Truck 3 ton 4 x 4 2 x Gunners local defence, 2 x Cooks, 2 x Batmen,
Driver – Officers Mess
Q5 Truck 15 cwt Water Tank Water Duty Man, Driver

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45