National Archives catalogue reference WO 171/400

 

Abbreviations

725785

2 i/c

AA & QMG

A/C

Adjt

Adm

Admin

ADOS

Airfd

A/L

Amn

AP

APO

A/Q

A/Tk

Avtn

Bde

BLA

Bn

BRASCO

Bty

Comd

Comdr

Comdt

Coy
CRA

CRASC

CRE

CREME

Det

Div

DMA

DZ

Eng

Estab

Fd

Fmn

GAF

Gp

HE

Infm

Instr

Instrons

Junc

Lt

LZ

Med

MMG

Mor

OC

O Group

Op

OR

Ord

Pl

POL

Pr

Pt

Pz

QM

RA

RAOC

RASC

Rd

RE

Regn

Regt

REME

Rep

Res

Rly

RV

SA

Sec

SDP

Smk

Sqn

Sup

Tac

Tp

Tpt

Trlr

WT

Map Reference

Second-in-Command

Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General

Aircraft

Adjt

Administration

Administration

Assistant Director Ordnance Services

Airfield

Air Landing

Ammunition

Armour Piercing

Army Post Office

Adjutant and Quartermaster Branch

Anti-Tank

Aviation

Brigade

British Liberation Army

Battalion

Brigade Royal Army Service Corps Officer

Battery

Command

Commander

Commandant

Company

Commander Royal Artillery

Commander Royal Army Service Corps

Commander Royal Engineers

Commander Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Detachment

Division / Divisional

Divisional Maintenance Area

Drop Zone
Engineer

Establish / Establishment

Field

Formation

German Air Force

Group

High Explosive

Information

Instruction
Instructions

Junction

Light

Landing Zone

Medical

Medium Machine Gun

Mortar

Officer Commanding

Orders Group

Operation

Other Ranks

Ordnance

Platoon

Petrol, Oil and Lubricants

Pounder

Point

Panzer

Quartermaster

Royal Artillery

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Royal Army Service Corps

Road

Royal Engineers

Registration

Regiment

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Representative

Reserve

Railway

Rendezvous

Small Arms

Section

Supply Dropping Point

Smoke

Squadron

Supply

Tactical

Troop

Transport

Trailer

Wireless Telegraphy

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

Commanding Officer : Lt.Col. M.St.J. Packe

 

29th August 1944

Place: Leadenham

 

Op LINNET.  RASC Instruction No.1 issued - Transport Arrangements.

 

31st August 1944

Place: Leadenham

 

Adjt and 3 ORs returned U.K. ex B.L.A. to join Airborne Element HQ RASC.  CRASC and 3 ORs departed for BLAKEHILL FARM TRANSIT CAMP, WILTS - Op LINNET.

 

1st September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

HQ RASC Glider loaded and lashed in readiness for Op LINNET.

 

2nd September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

1200 - Op LINNET Instruction No.3 - Briefing Notes issued.  Briefing Conference for RASC Officers held by CRASC.

 

3rd September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

Op LINNET cancelled.

 

5th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

CRASC attended 'O' Group Conference Tac HQ, Moor Park, London.

 

7th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

Op COMET - HQ RASC Briefing Notes issued.

 

1100 - Op COMET - Briefing Conference for RASC Officers held by CRASC - Camp sealed.

 

8th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

2200 - Op COMET - postponed for 24 hours.

 

9th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

2000 - Op COMET - postponed further 24 hours.

 

10th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

Op COMET - postponed further 48 hours.

 

11th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

Op COMET cancelled. ORs debriefed and camp unsealed.

 

12th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

1100 - CRASC left to attend 'O' Group Conference Tac HQ Moor Park.

 

1800 - Court of Inquiry held to investigate circumstances of death of Lt. Thompson 250 Coy RASC.

 

13th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

Op MARKET.  HQ RASC Instruction No.1 - RASC Flight Plan - issued.

 

14th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

2200 - Op MARKET.  HQ RASC Instruction No.2 - Briefing Notes - issued.

 

15th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

Op MARKET.  Supply Appendices issued.

 

16th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

1200 - Op MARKET - CRASC briefed RASC Officers of Airborne lift.

 

1800 - Op MARKET - 2 i/c briefed ORs of Airborne element.  Camp sealed.

 

17th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

0800 - Op MARKET - 2 i/c left for Airfield to emplane for BLA.  2 i/c landed successfully at OOSTERBEEK, HOLLAND, and RV with 1 Para Bde - since missing.

 

18th September 1944

Place: Blakehill Farm

 

1030 - CRASC, Adjt and 9 ORs emplaned from Airfds.

 

Place: Oosterbeek

 

1415 - CRASC, Adjt and 9 ORs landed successfully at OOSTERBEEK, Holland.  Gliders unloaded under heavy Mortar and small arms fire.

 

Place: Hartenstein

 

1530 - Party after RV proceeded to HARTENSTEIN and established HQ and DMA - location under moderate enemy fire - no enemy activity, except sniping during the night.  Collection of resupply and stacking in DMA organised.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.  Sniping from built-up area behind HQ RASC - slit trenches dug and defence organised.

1030 - About 40 ME 109s and FW 190s attacked Div area and were engaged by SA fire.  CRASC attempted to pass signal altering pre-arranged SDP which was in enemy hands.

 

1500 - Resupply a/c dropped on pre-arranged SDP in spite of all signals - a/c suffered heavy casualties from flak.  Collection of panniers and containers dropped in Div area organised - only very small proportion of stores dropped were recovered.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.  Enemy activity intermittent during night.

 

20th September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.  Heavy mortar fire on DMA area.  Enemy infantry attacked from North and DMA moved to new location in grounds of HARTENSTEIN HOTEL.

 

1500 - Resupply on to Div area - partially successful but number of rations collected sufficient only for one third rations to be issued.  Further heavy casualties to resupply a/c.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.  Intermittent shelling and mortaring during night.

 

21st September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.

 

0700 - HQ RASC received direct hit from Mortar fire - 1 RASC and 1 RAOC personnel killed.  Enemy mortar and shelling very heavy on Div area throughout the day.  HQ RASC removed to within Div HQ perimeter.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.  Intense shelling and mortaring during night.

 

22nd September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.  1 and 2 Para Pls RASC under Capt Cranmer-Byng took over sector of Div perimeter and acted as infantry for remainder of operation.  Adjt and HQ Det took up defensive position in A/L Bde area to act as reserve for Capt Cranmer-Byng's party and so remained for remainder of operation.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.  Enemy fire heavy during night.

 

23rd September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.  Stand To.  Very heavy shelling and Mortar fire.  Sniper activity in vicinity of well in HQ RASC area.  Enemy a/c over Div area.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.

 

24th September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.  Shelling and Mortaring intensified.  Enemy a/c still active.  Enemy machine gun fire directed on well.

 

1900-2000 - Stand To.

 

25th September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0500-0600 - Stand To.  Consistent shelling and mortaring throughout day.

 

2100 - Order to evacuate to South of Lower Rhine received.  ORs briefed.

 

2215 - HQ CRASC party commenced journey through enemy lines to River.  Ambushed by machine gun nest - no casualties - detour made around this and other enemy positions until river reached.

 

26th September 1944

Place: Oosterbeek

 

0015 - All HQ RASC personnel reached river bank, and crossed to South side as and when possible.

 

Place: Nijmegen

 

1000 - Roll call of personnel - 1 Cpl found to be missing - last seen on North side of river at day-break.

 

1600 - All HQ CRASC Airborne element joined seaborne party in their location at NIJMEGEN.

 

 

Appendix

H.Q. R.A.S.C. 1 AIRBORNE DIV.

OPERATION "MARKET" INSTR No.1. - RASC FLIGHT PLAN

 

        1.  Attached at Appx 'A' is an extract from Form 'A' showing the allocation of Adm aircraft.

        2.  Following moves of transit camps will take place on 14 Sept:-

                Glider loads of 3 Para Pl Jeep Sec now taking off from KEEVIL - From TARRANT RUSHTON to BLAKEHILL FARM.

                2 Para Pl Jeep Sec - From BLAKEHILL FARM to HARWELL.

                6 Glider loads of 250 Coy from BLAKEHILL FARM to TARRANT RUSHTON.

        3.  OOs.C detachments will discuss the Form 'A' with ACO on their respective Airfds forthwith.  Where the new allotment makes it necessary for gliders at present loaded to be unloaded, preparatory to moving contents to different airfds, all such unloading will, with the ACOs consent, be carried out on 14 Sep.

        4.  Glider loading as per Appx 'A' will be carried out on 15 Sep and will be completed by 2000 hrs.  Completion will be reported at once to this HQ.

        5.  Where the alteration does not involve a change of Airfd but merely a change in the glider number, it may not be necessary to unload the glider if it is at present loaded.  Close contact will be kept with ACOs on this point, and their ruling will be final.

 

[Signed M.St.J. Packe]

Lieut. Colonel.

Comd RASC 1 Airborne Division.

13 Sep 44.

 

APPENDIX 'A'

R.A.S.C. FLIGHT PLAN

 

Sub Unit

1 Para Pl

1 Para Pl Jeep Sec

3 Para Pl

3 Para Pl Jeep Sec

 

250 Lt Coy

2 Para Pl

2 Para Pl Jeep Sec

A.D.O.S.

C.R.E.M.E.

CRASC

    do

HAMILCARS

250 Lt. Coy

    do

    do

RESUPPLY

     "

Lift

1

2

1

1

 

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

No of Gliders

2 Para A/c

5

1

4

 

2

2 Para A/c

5

5

4

(1)

1

3

6

1

6

15 Stirlings

15 Stirlings

Glider Nos

48, 84

919-923

519

( 379-380

( 479-480

264, 265

635, 636

970-974

811-815

849-852

941

793

913-915

924-929

835

853-858

975-989

1030-1049

Take-off Airfield

SALTBY

TARRANT RUSHTON

KEEVIL

TARRANT R

KEEVIL

BROADWELL
SALTBY

HARWELL

DOWN AMPNEY
DOWN AMPNEY
FAIRFORD

BLAKEHILL FARM
TARRANT RUSHTON
TARRANT RUSHTON
BROADWELL

DOWN AMPNEY
HARWELL
HARWELL

Time Down

H+0045

H+0043

H+0043

H+0025

H+0037

H+0010

X hr

X+0052

X+0023

X+0032

X+0046

X+0020

X+0040

X+0043

X+0029

X+0032

X+0101

X+0106

DZ/LZ

X

X

Z

Z

Z

S

Y

X

S

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

L

L

 

 

Appendix

OPERATION "MARKET"

HQ RASC 1 AIRBORNE DIVISION - INSTR No.2. - BRIEFING NOTES.

NOT TO BE TAKEN INTO THE AIR.

 

Ref Maps: HOLLAND 1:25,000 Sheets 387, 388, 5NE, 6 NW.

 

A.  INFORMATION

        (1)  2nd Army, after building up and forcing bridge-heads on the ALBERT CANAL is resuming its advance NE from the BELGIAN - DUTCH frontier with the object of crossing the waterlines in HOLLAND and approaching the open NW flank of the GERMAN frontier.  A secondary objective is to clear the Northern tip of HOLLAND, in which the V2 sites are now located.

        (2)  An Airborne Army is to drop ahead of this advance in order to facilitate it by capturing intact bridges over R. MAAS at GRAVE, R. WAAL at NIJMEGEN, and R. RIJN at ARNHEM.

        (3)  Composition of this force:-

                HQ Airborne Tps

                1 Airborne Div (with Polish Para Bde under Comd)

                82 U.S. Airborne Div

                101 U.S. Airborne Div

                52 Mountain Div may be freighted in as soon as air strips are available and after the assault phase of the operation.

        (4)  Operation is in three lifts, viz:-

                'D' Day - afternoon :- 1 Airborne Div less 4 Para Bde, certain Div Tps, Polish Para Bde, 82 US Div, 101 US Div.

                'D'+1                         Balance of 1 Airborne Div, HQ Airborne Tps.

                'D'+2                         Polish Para Bde, 878 Avtn Eng Bn (US).

        (5)  'D' Day at present planned for 17 Sep.

        (6)  Tasks are as follows:-

                101 Airborne Div - Bridge at GRAVE

                82 US Airborne Div - Bridge at NIJMEGEN

                1 Airborne Div & Polish Para Bde - Bridges at ARNHEM - priority Rd bridge, Pontoon Bridge, Rly bridge.

                Corps HQ land in 82 US Airborne Div Area.

        (7)  30 Corps are expected to reach GRAVE within 36 hrs.  The speed with which they reach ARNHEM is dependent upon the intensity of the battle, and on whether the US Airborne Divs carry out their tasks successfully.  1 Airborne Div will be the last to be relieved, but should be relieved on D+3.  The Seaborne lift is at present at LOUVAIN and should join us by 48 hrs later.

        (8)  Role of 1 Airborne Div after relief is not yet known, but Div will be concentrated at ARNHEM.

        (9)  Country  The DZs and LZs West of ARNHEM are situated on a stretch of high ground thickly cultivated and wooded, and comparatively free of dampness, dykes and marshes.  This high ground, together with a similar patch SE of NIJMEGEN is the ground commanding the area, and is therefore of considerable tactical importance.  Roads are plentiful, particularly in the outskirts of ARNHEM.  The area surrounding the SDP and DMA appears to be dry, well cultivated, thickly wooded and amply provided with tracks and roads.

        (10)  Opposition.  Flak, which was already heavy, has recently been thickened and is likely to be heavy, particularly from DEELEN Airfd, the immediate outskirts of ARNHEM, and from flak barges on the river.  Our Tactical Air Support will however take on and neutralize most of these defences.  Since the planning of Operation COMET the enemy is known to have mustered some 60,000 troops and remains of 2 Pz Divs (about 100 tanks) on the line of the ALBERT CANAL.  These are composed of the static divs and mobile tps previously referred to, of remnants of Germany Army escaped and resuscitated from the battle in FRANCE and BELGIUM, and of fresh reserves brought up from GERMANY itself.  The enemy has certainly realized the importance of the three river crossings as a last natural defence before the REICH.  He will do what he can to defend them.  Tanks have been reported, and it is possible that other Pz Divs are reforming N of the River at ARNHEM.  There are various centres of static and training fmns, mostly of lower category, in the neighbourhood.  There may also be fmns in transit towards the front in BELGIUM, or withdrawing to take up new positions.  The line of the MAAS - WAAL Canal is known to be held.  ARNHEM is the German Admin centre for S. HOLLAND.  It therefore contains many supply and other installations of interest to the RASC.  Other estabs of interest are the GESTAPO HQ, two concentration camps, and the German WAAF barracks.

        (11)  Population.  No change from Operation COMET.  Names and addresses of chief personalities are known.  There is no reason to suppose that they are not collaborationists.  All local inhabitants will be regarded with suspicion until proved friendly.  Friendly civilians enrolled for labour will wear blue and white armbands.

 

B.  Flight Plan.  Issued separately.

 

C.  DIVISIONAL Plan.

        A/L Bde.

                (1) 1 A/L Bde Gp will land not before 1400 hrs on D Day on LZ 'S', and will secure LZs 'S' and 'Z' and DZ 'X' to cover the unloading of the first lift.

                (2) Establish posts on rds from ARNHEM to EDE and WAGENINGEN.

                (3) Protect the arrival of the second lift on D+1 on DZs 'Y' and 'X' and LZs 'S' and 'Z'.

                (4) After completion of this task, seize and occupy sector allotted.

                (5) Protect landing of Polish gliders in third lift on D+2.

        1 Para Bde Gp.  With under Comd Dets 9 Fd Coy and Recce Sqn less one tp will:-

                (1) Land on DZ 'X' and LZ 'Z' and seize bridges in ARNHEM in order of priority.

                (2) On arrival of second lift occupy sector allotted.

                (3) Cover DZ 'K' during drop of Polish Para Bde on D+2.

                (4) Make one Bn available for Div reserve.

        4 Para Bde Gp.  Land on DZ 'Y' and LZ 'X' in 2nd lift, D+1 and seize and occupy area allotted.

        Recce Sqn.

                (1) Under Comd 1 Para Bde with Dets of 9 Fd Coy, seize and neutralize bridges.

                (2) One Tp in Div Res.

                (3) RV and concentrate 725785.

                (4) Carry out Div tasks of recce in sequence towns surrounding ARNHEM and make contact with 82 US Div in NIJMEGEN.

        21 Ind Para Coy.

                (1) Mark DZs 'X' 'Y' 'K', LZs 'S' 'Z' 'L', SDP 'V' for all three lifts.

                (2) RV 718779.

        R.A.

                (1) One Lt Bty fly with and in support of each Bde.  Initial gun area 6779.  Subsequent Lt. Regt position 7177.

                (2) One A/Tk Bty in support each Para Bde.  Two 17 pr Tps and one 6 pr Tps Div Res under CRA.

        R.E.  Para Sqns RE and 9 Fd Coy after completion of early tasks revert CRE on occupation main Div position.

        GLIDER PILOTS.  Remain with units until occupation of main Div position, then one Bn under comd A/L Bde, one Bn in Div Res at 743785.

        DIV HQ.  Lands LZ 'Z', RV track junc 657797, thence main rd WAGENINGEN - ARNHEM.  Opens ARTILLERY PARK 7378.

        Occupation of Main Div Position.  On arrival of 2nd lift, town of ARNHEM will be occupied in strength with A/L Bde on Western flank, 4 Para Bde to the North, 1 Para Bde to the South.  On arrival of Polish Para Bde in the third lift, they will take over Eastern Sector from 1 Para Bde and 4 Para Bde.  Div Tps and Div HQ remain in the town of ARNHEM.  Bdes will then put out false front and standing patrols as far as is practicable.  Col BARLOW, Deputy Comdr 1 A/L Bde, assumes duties of Town Comdt ARNHEM.

        Bomb Line.  From 4 hours until 6 hours after arrival of second lift - about five miles from ARNHEM to N and E, with DZ area to the W open.  Six hrs after arrival of 2nd lift, Western flank curves in to run W and S through DZ 'Y' and W of DZ 'X'.  After main position has been occupied, bomb line become box round the town of ARNHEM to a depth of about 5 miles on all sides.  Bde Comds may call for close support on specific targets within the bomb line should circumstances necessitate it.

 

D.  R.A.S.C. PLAN.

        (1)  2 i/c will travel in glider 264 from BROADWELL.  On landing on LZ 'Z' he will:-

                (a) RV with 1 Para Pl and move with them into ARNHEM.

                (b) Provide himself with tpt.

                (c) Assume responsibility for early organisation of RASC tpt.  Requisitioning in ERNST CASIMIR LAAN and other populated area in the town.  He will be provided with a requisitioning party for the purpose by OC 1 Para Pl.  All tpt so relinquished and commandeered will be sent to report to OC 3 Para Pl at HQ RASC (see para (3)(b) below).

                (d) Visit AA & QMG Tac Div HQ when established, and obtain latest infm of tactical situation.

                (e) Join OC 3 Para Pl in the DMA, estab HQ RASC and formulate plan for the clearance of SDP and layout of DMA.

                (f) Recce route for 2nd lift from LZ 'X' to DMA.

                (g) Meet 2nd lift at RV as in para (5)(c) below.

        (2) 1 Para Pl.

                (a) Land DZ 'X' and RV with 2 i/c, and contents of gliders 264 and 265 landing on LZ 'S', which will then come under his comd.

                (b) Move with 1 Para Bde into ARNHEM.

                (c) Provide 2 i/c with requisitioning party as in para (1)(c) above.

                (d) Remain under comd 1 Para Bde and carry out Bde tasks allotted until 1200 hrs D+1 when he will revert to comd CRASC and report to HQ RASC.

        (3) 3 Para Pl.

                (a) Land LZ 'Z', RV and move up under comd 1 A/L Bde.  Deliver Trlr loads at Bde HQ.

                (b) As soon as possible, move into outskirts of ARNHEM, seize and occupy SDP and immediate neighbourhood.  Estab RASC Report Centre in Hotel KLEIN WARNSBORN.  This Report Centre will subsequently become HQ RASC and Report Centre DMA on arrival of 2 i/c.

                (c) As soon as possible, carry out requisitioning and commandeering of stores and installations as listed at appx 'A'.  Moveable stores will be removed to DMA.  Immoveable installations will be taken over and left under RASC guard.  Any transport which may be incidentally encountered will be commandeered and removed to DMA, but requisition of tpt is not the primary role of 3 Para Pl.

                (d) Confirm layout of DMA and SDP with 2 i/c.

                (e) As from first light D+1, carry out collection of Compo from 1st lift gliders on LZs 'S' and 'Z'.

                (f) Before arrival of second lift, estab spotters on LZ 'L' on which 35 Stirlings are to drop.  Arrange clearance of all stores from SDP into DMA.

                (g) On completion of this task, return to DMA and await further instrons.  R.V. HQ RASC 1200 hrs D+1.

        (4) 2 Para Pl.

                (a) Land DZ 'Y' in second lift.  RV with Jeep Sec landing 52 mins later on LZ 'X'.

                (b) Move under Bde arrangements to Bde RV.  Deliver trailer loads.

                (c) OC report to CRASC at HQ RASC 1200 hrs D+1.

                (d) Pl remains under comd 4 Para Bde until reverting to HQ RASC at 2000 hrs D+1.

        (5) Remainder of 2nd lift.

                (a) Land LZ 'X' in 2nd lift.

                (b) Each glider load is responsible for clearing LZ as rapidly as possible and for its own local protection while doing so.

                (c) RV with 2 i/c at Rd Bridge under Rly at Pt 665805.

                (d) Move in single convoy under direction 2 i/c to DMA.

                (e) Unload trailers and await further instrons.

        (6) HAMILCARS.

                (a) After off-loading in DMA, Capt Winter-Goodwin will arrange unloading and clearance to DMA of stores in Hamilcar gliders landing in 2nd lift on DZ 'X'.

                (b) Crews of Hamilcars will remain as a guard on the gliders until tpt arrives to clear the contents.

        (7) Clearance of Compo - 2nd lift.  After off-loading in DMA, Capt. Winter-Goodwin will arrange collection of Compo Packs from gliders landing on LZs 'X' and 'S' in second lift.

        (8) Vacation of LZs.  It is imperative that LZ 'X' and if possible LZ 'S' should be completely vacated by within 6 hrs of the landing of the 2nd lift.

        (9) Jettison Drop.  There will be no Jettison Drop.

 

E.  RESUPPLY.

        (1) General.  It is anticipated that Div will be relieved on D+3.  Automatic resupply has been arranged for dropping with the 2nd lift on D+1 and third lift D+2.  Further resupply on the SDP used on D+2 will be demanded if required.

        (2) D+1.  35 Stirlings each carrying 24 Containers and 4 Panniers will drop with the 2nd a/c lift on LZ 'L'.  This will be cleared by 3 Para Pl (see para D(3)(f) above).  It is essential that this SDP is cleared by nightfall, as it will become the LZ for Gliders in the 3rd lift.

        (3) D+2.  100 Stirlings and 66 British C 47s will drop on SDP 'V' centre point 719797 with the third lift of a/c.  Stirlings will carry 24 Containers and 4 Panniers each.  C 47s will carry 16 panniers each.  Approx total tonnage - 350 tons.

        (4) Polish Para Bde and HQ Airborne Tps may draw common user stores from DMA on demand.

        (5) DMA.  Woods and tracks on E, SE & S flanks of SDP.  HQ RASC and Report Centre DMA proposed for HOTEL KLEIN WARNSBORN in SE corner of SDP.

        (6) Organisation of SDP.  SDPs will be marked by 21 Ind Para Coy.

                D+1 - All SDP arrangements will be made by OC 3 Para Pl.

                D+2 - OC 3 Para Pl will assume responsibility for running the DMA and for the conduct of the dumping programme.  OC 1 Para Pl will be responsible for the collection of containers.  OC 2 Para Pl will be responsible for the collection of panniers.  Tpt available under control Det 250 Coy will be divided equally between 1 and 2 Para Pls.  OC 2 Para Pl will be responsible for local protection of SDP and DMA.

        (7) Scales of Resupply.  Scales of supply to be dropped are being issued separately to all concerned.

        (8) Ord, REME, Med and RE Stores.  Will be stacked separately and will be handed over to the reps of these services in the DMA.

        (9) No deliveries will normally be made until 4 hrs after a sup drop has taken place.  Each Para Pl will be responsible for deliveries to its own Bdes.  Tpt of Det 250 Coy will be responsible for deliveries to Div Tps.

        (10) Salvage.  Airborne equipment, and especially parachutes, containers, panniers and harnesses will be carefully salvaged and will be separately stacked in DMA.

        (11) States.  Accurate states will be kept on forms provided of all stocks of amn and sups held.  Log books of requisitioned tpt given Regn No, Make, type and source will be kept.  State of all requisitioned sups will also be maintained.  Status of all the above will be rendered to CRASC at 1800 hrs D+1 and thereafter daily at 0600 hrs and 1800 hrs.

 

F.  Intercomn.

        One 46 Set with each Bde HQ (BRASCO)

        One set with A/Q - Div HQ

        One Set spare in DMA

        One Set HQ RASC (Control)

                Net:- 1400 hrs D+1.  Serial No. P 25 - freq 5280.

 

G.  MISCELLANEOUS.

        (1) Requisitioning.  The appropriate requisition forms will be used for all articles requisitioned from civilian population.  Attention is also directed to the Netherlands Procurement Procedure Agreement.

        (2) Defence.  Strongest precautions will be taken against sabotage or interference by disaffected individuals amongst the civilian population.  Enemy Agents may be widespread.

        (3) Slit Trenches.  with headcover, will be provided in all permanent locations.

        (4) Recognition.  Ground to Air - Yellow Smoke.  Ground to Ground - Celanese Triangles.  Friendly civilians enrolled for labour will wear blue and white armbands.

        (5) C[?].  Details when known.

        (6) Pass Words.

D Day

D+1

D+2

D+3

D+4

D+5

- RED

- UNCLE

- CARRIER

- AIR

- ROBERT

- TROOP

- BERET

- SAM

- PIGEON

- BORNE

- BURNS

- CARRIER

                Passwords change at 2359 hrs daily.

        (7) Roads.  Every effort will be made to avoid congestion.  Circuits will be clearly marked and rigidly observed.  Strong action will be taken to keep civilians off the roads.

        (8) Mail.  BLA address will be adopted from the time when Op is confirmed.  Rear Parties will remain on APO England address.

        (9) Cash.  All ranks will be in possession of at least 21 Dutch currency before emplaning.

        (10) Forms 'B'.  Senior Passengers will be responsible for correct compilation and disposal of Forms 'B' before emplaning.

        (11) Briefing.  All Officers - BLAKEHILL FARM 1200 hrs 16 Sept.  All ORs will be briefed by their respective Officers after 1800 hrs 16 Sept unless Op has been cancelled by that time.

        (12) Confinement.  All ranks will be confined to camp as from 1400 hrs 16 Sept irrespective of whether they have been briefed or not.  In the event of cancellation, no one will leave the camp until he has been debriefed by his own Officer.

        (13) Respirators  will be carried.

        (14) Friendly A/C.  In view of air superiority, and proximity of bomb line, all troops will be warned to make themselves conspicuous as possible to friendly a/c by use of celanese triangles and if necessary of coloured smoke.

 

[Signed M.St.J. Packe]

Lieut. Colonel.

Comd RASC 1 Airborne Division.

14 Sep 44.

 

APPENDIX 'A'

List of Installations to be investigated by OC 3 Para Pl on 'D' Day with a view to requisition.

 

Order of Priority

Installation

Address

Ref No on Town Plan.

1

HOTEL KLEIN WARNSBORN (HQ)

1

2

RIJN-PAVILJOEN (Adm & POL)

UTRECHTSCHE WEG

32

3

REFRIGERATOR STORE

AMSTERDAMSCHE WEG

8

4

SLAUGHTER HOUSE

BADHUISSTRAAT

93

5

DAIRY

WESTERVOORTSCHE DUR

70

6

MILITARY STORE

STRAAT NIEUWSTAD

56

7

POL DEPOT [?] GAF

WESTVOORTSCHE DYK

81, 82

8

OERES BREAD FACTORY

WESTVOORTSCHE DYK

80

9

EGGS AND FRUIT MARKET

LEEGRWATERSTRAAT

88

10

RAILWAY GOODS SHED

VAN OLDEBARNEVELT STRAAT

78

11

POL DEPOT

262 JOHAN DE WIT LAAN

-

12

FORD GARAGE

VELDER WEG

28

13

GARAGE MOLL

VELDER WEG

19

14

MILITARY BAKERY

KLAREN DALSCHE WEG

17

15

Q.M. STORES

55 HUYGENS LAAN

-

 

APPENDIX
OPERATION 'MARKET'

1 Airborne Division Resupply D+1

 

S.D.P. - 1.                 35 Stirlings.

 

 

 

 

 

ORD

 

 

 

Containers

( D3 Cable

( 68 Sets WT

( 22 Batteries 12v

( Mine Detectors

( 38 Sets WT

( 3" Mor (Weapons)

( Brens

( Vickers MMG

( 22 Sets WT

( 18 Sets WT

36 Grens

.303 Mk VIIIZ

3" Mor Smk

3" Mor H.E.

PIAT

17 Pdr Sabot

6 Pdr Sabot

75mm Smk

75mm H.E.

 

7

4

2

2

2

8

6

5

4

12

10

90

30

198

50

40

150

20

200

840

 

 

 

 

ORD

 

Panniers.

( Assault Cable

( Charging sets 80w

( Charging sets 300w

( Batteries 38

( Valves

( Batteries 536

( Batteries 68

3" Mor H.E.

75mm H.E.

 

3

2

2

12

2

10

11

16

80

138

 

1 Airborne Division Resupply D+2

 

100 Stirlings @ 24 Containers & 4 Panniers.  58 C.47 Br & 16 Panniers.  S.D.P. - V.

Containers

Ord

RE 1

RE 3

RE 4

RE 9

Pet

Oil

Derv

.303 Bdr

.303 Ter

2" Mor Red/Green

2" Mor HE

2" Mor Smk

2" Mor I11

.45 Auto

36 Grens

26 Gens

40mm HE

40mm AP

6 Pdr HE

6 Pdr Sabot

17 Pdr AP

75mm HE

75mm Smk

.303 MkVIIIZ

3" Mor Smk

Mines A/Tk MkV

20mm

1" Sigs mixed

Compo

.303 Ctn

6 pr AP

 

283

20

1

3

11

347

25

10

170

99

32

70

171

29

16

78

2

32

4

19

85

60

422

25

168

59

74

6

6

26

12

35

2400

Panniers

Ord

9mm

PIAT

75 Grens

79 Grens

82 Grens

3" Mor HE

 

 

Med RASC

Compo

.303 Ctn

6 Pdr A.P.

75mm A.P.

3" Mor HE

Pet

 

135

28

97

37

15

20

56

388

 

21

321

145

138

23

280

4

932