British Army Handbook 1939-1945 by George Forty

By George Forty

This publication goals to provide a balanced and finished photo of the British military in wartime from the early days of the BEF, over the years of defeat and fight within the early Nineteen Forties. This guide supplies complete info of mobilization and coaching, better association and hands of the carrier, divisional firms and non-divisional devices, HQs and employees. additionally the strive against hands and the providers, the person soldier, his guns and gear according to that utilized in 1944, strategies, guns, autos and gear, motor vehicle markings and camouflage, the ATS and different Women's' Corps.

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B). Holding units These held men until they were needed as reinforcements to the field army. (c). Mobilization centres These did for the technical arms what holding units did for the others. (d). Conversion traInIng unit Formed during the last two years of the war to train men converted from one arm or service to another. ANNEX 'A' Tests of Elementary Training (TOETs) (Common to All Arms) - 1943. (26/GS Publications/994) Weapon or Subject Nature of test Details Rifle Aiming Aiming rests used. Three aims at a 4a target at 200 yd.

Ninth and Tenth Armies Formed within MEC, but never numbered more than a few divisions, never (i). saw combat as a formed body and were used instead to reinforce the Eighth Army. (v). Twelfth Army Formed in May 1945, within Allied Land Forces South East Asia (ALFSEA) to command British troops fighting in Burma. (vi). Fourteenth Army Formed in India in October 1943, under GHQ Delhi, fought in Burma until withdrawn to prepare for the invasion of Malaya, being replaced by the Twelfth Army. An army consisted of army troops and two or more corps.

There was also the continual problem of obtaining modern equipment and transport for instructional purposes, due to the ever growing demand by units of 21 Army Group who were fighting the battles. Another problem was the need for instructors to become familiar with new equipment before they were called upon to instruct on it - very often, a new wireless set arrived only a few days before the beginning of a course! The number of new courses constantly required can be judged by the fact that between January and August 1944 they were called upon to create nine new courses to meet the urgent operational requirements of 21 Army Group.

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