National Archives catalogue number WO 171/6193.

 

Abbreviation

A 7485

ARH

BSD

Col

Coy

CRASC

DID

Div

FMC

HE

i/c

MR

MT

O

PD

Pdr

Pln

POL

RASC

Rds

RE

Sect

Tpt

W/S

Map Reference

Army Roadhead
Base Supply Depot

Column

Company

Commander Royal Army Service Corps

Detail Issue Depot

Division

Forward Maintenance Centre

High Explosive

In-Command

Map Reference

Motor Transport

Officer

Petrol Depot

Pounder
Platoon

Petrol, Oil and Lubricants

Royal Army Service Corps

Rounds

Royal Engineers

Section

Transport

Workshop

 

 

Month and year : April 1945

Commanding Officer : Major G.M. Thomas

 

1st April 1945

Place: Winneckendonk

 

1100 - 28 x 3 ton vehicles left location at 1100 hrs and reported to 139 P.D. ARCEN.  Loaded with 20160 gallons M.T.80 and delivered same to 60 F.M.C.

 

2100 - 7 x 3 ton vehicles returned from petrol detail of 31 MAR.

 

2nd April 1945

Place: Winneckendonk

 

0930 - 10 x 3 ton vehicles report to CAPT NEATE.  No.2 sent for AMMO DEPOT 10 A.R.H. WELL loaded with AMMO and delivered same to 60 F.M.C.

 

1700 - 28 x 3 ton vehicles report to [MPE?] ISSUM load empty jerricans and return to this location.

 

1500 - 28 x 3 ton return to location from petrol detail of 1st.

 

2000 - Vehicles return from AMMO detail.

 

3rd April 1945

Place: Winneckendonk

 

0530 - 28 x 3 ton vehicles loaded with empty jerricans delivered same to LOMM.  These vehicles then reported to 33 C.O.S. at GELDEN and move 33 C.O. to area LAER (A 7485).

 

1200 - 9 x 3 ton report to CAPT NEATE at No.2.  Sent Depot 10 A.R.H. AMN DEPOT WELL load 712 rds 25 Pdr and report to 648 Coy RASC to join their convoy.  Amn delivered to 60 F.M.C.  MAJOR G.M. THOMAS R.A.S.C. assumed Command of this Company.

 

4th April 1945

Place: Winneckendonk

 

All vehicles on detail.  Detachment with 6 AIRBORNE DIV continues.  All personnel working very hard and getting very little sleep.

 

1700 - Message received from CRASC 44 TPT COL. be prepared to move at 1 hrs notice.

 

1830 - Coy HQ closes at present location and arrives in VELEN MR 4867.

 

5th April 1945

Place: Velen

 

All vehicles still on respective details.

 

6th April 1945

Place: Velen

 

0600 - 7 x 3 ton vehicles redirected from Amn detail of 3 Apr to load Amn at 60 F.M.C. and deliver same to 61 F.M.C.

 

0730 - 10 x 3 ton vehicles report to 60 F.M.C. load 2000 rds 25 pdr H.E. and deliver same to 61 F.M.C.  7 x 3 ton collect 714 Compo load from 60 F.M.C. and deliver same to 61 F.M.C.

 

0745 - 12 x 3 ton vehicles report to 122 DID in 60 F.M.C. to move them to new location in 61 F.M.C.

 

7th April 1945

Place: Velen

 

0300 - 2 x 3 ton vehicles report to CRASC 44 TPT. COL.

 

2200 - All vehicles from last 2 days details have returned to Coy location.

 

8th April 1945

Place: Velen

 

0800 - 4 x 3 ton report to 118 Field Bakery to move stocks as dictated by O i/c Field Bakery.

 

1500 - Orders received from CRASC 44 TPT COL to be prepared to move.  Coy moves to new location at NETTRINGEN MR 7202.

 

9th April 1945

Place: Nettringen

 

1000 - Coy now in new location.

 

1630 - 4 x 3 ton vehicles return from detail with 118 Field Bakery.

 

10th April 1945

Place: Nettringen

 

0830 - 34 x 3 ton vehicles report to 54 B.S.D. in 12 ARH to load 40,000 FS rations 25,000 rations biscuits, and 15,000 P.O.W. rations and deliver same to 63 F.M.C. at FROZHEIM.

 

0930 - 15 x 3 ton vehicles report to 138 Petrol DEPOT 12 A.R.H. on 10 APR 45 to lift 10,800 gallons of M.T.80 and deliver same to 62 F.M.C.

 

0920 - 4 x 3 ton vehicles return from detail with HQ RASC 44 TPT COL.

 

1830 - 23 x 3 ton vehicles report to 138 Petrol Depot 12 A.R.H. to lift 20,250 gallons of MT 80 and deliver same to 62 F.M.C.

 

1700 - Coy change location and moves to EMSDETTEN MR 817955.

 

11th April 1945

Place: Emsdetten

 

1800 - 34 x 3 ton vehicles return to location from supply detail with 54 B.S.D.

 

12th April 1945

Place: Emsdetten

 

0700 - 30 x 3 ton vehicles report to Amn. Depot 12 ARH and load mixed amn and deliver same to 62 F.M.C.

 

1630 - 1 x 3 ton reports to 54 B.S.D. to collect 210,000 green envelopes and deliver same to 62 F.M.C.  Detail completed 2315 hrs.

 

1830 - 23 x 3 ton vehicles from P.O.L. detail of 10 APR returns to location.

 

1930 - 15 x 3 ton vehicles report to 138 Petrol Depot load M.T.80 and deliver same to 63 F.M.C.

 

13th April 1945

Place: Emsdetten

 

0845 - 12 x 3 ton vehicles load 720 rds 5.5 H.E. at Amn. Depot 12 ARH and deliver same to 63 F.M.C.

 

1200 - 5 x 3 ton vehicles load 45,000 rations cigarettes & tobacco and 45,000 rations of matches at 81 B.S.D. in 12 ARH and deliver same to 63 F.M.C.

 

1500 - 2 x 3 ton vehicles load 6 tons of A.L.63 at 81 B.S.D. 12 ARH and report to 63 F.M.C.  This detail was most urgent and received priority.

 

14th April 1945

Place: Emsdetten

 

All vehicles on detail.

 

0930 - Coy HQ closes at present location and moves to HIBBEN MR Sheet L53 8835.  Arrives new location at 1530 hrs.

 

15th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

1900 - 27 x 3 ton vehicles lifting amn on 12 April 45 return to location detail completed.

 

2100 - 2 x 3 ton vehicles on A.L.63 detail returns to location.

 

16th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0830 - 26 x 3 ton vehicles report to 241 Petrol DEPOT in 14 ARH and lift 20,800 gallons of M.T.80 and deliver same to 64 F.M.C.

 

1200 - 5 x 3 ton vehicles on cigarette & tobacco detail returns.

 

1430 - 15 x 3 ton vehicles return from Petrol detail of 12 APR 45.

 

17th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0700 - 21 x 3 ton vehicles load various types of amn at Amn. Depot 14 ARH and deliver to 64 F.M.C.

 

2020 - 12 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex Amn detail of 13 APR 45.

 

2120 - 26 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex Petrol detail of 16 April 45.

 

18th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0800 - 29 x 3 ton vehicles load various types of amn. at Amn. Depot 14 ARH and deliver same to 64 F.M.C.

 

1830 - 19 x 3 ton vehicles report to 227 P.D. at WAGENFELD load with P.O.L. and returns to this location to harbour up.

 

1920 - 21 x 3 ton vehicles of 17 APR return to location ex Amn. detail.

 

19th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0030 - 19 x 3 ton vehicles loaded in Coy location move off and deliver load to 64 F.M.C.

 

1300 - 29 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex Amn detail of 18 Apr 45.

 

20th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0730 - 30 x 3 ton vehicles report to 54 B.S.D. FREISTAAT load F.S. rations and deliver same to 64 F.M.C.

 

1200 - 6 x 3 ton vehicles report to 54 B.S.D. and load F.S. rations and deliver same to 64 F.M.C.

 

1930 - 19 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex P.O.L. detail of 19 APR 45.

 

21st April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0600 - 15 x 3 ton vehicles report to 54 B.S.D. 14 A.R.H. load F.S. rations and deliver same to 64 F.M.C.

 

1530 - 29 x 3 ton vehicles returned to location ex F.S. ration detail of 20 Apr 45.

 

2300 - 15 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex F.S. ration detail of 0600.

 

22nd April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0700 - 30 x 3 ton vehicles left location and proceeded to GOCH and reported to Amn Depot No.10 ARH.  Load 1,800 rds of 5.5 (complete) and returned same to 65 F.M.C.

 

2330 - 6 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex F.S.R. detail of 20 Apr 45.  Detail with 6 Airborne Div. still continues.  2 further minor casualties occurred.

 

23rd April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

0800 - 7 x 3 ton vehicles report to 54 B.S.D.  Collect F.S.R. and deliver same to 64 F.M.C.

 

1800 - 6 x 3 ton vehicles return to location ex F.S.R. detail.

 

2000 - Information received that the detail with 6 AIRBORNE DIVISION and [?] Commandoes was finished.  Vehicles to return to this location.

 

24th April 1945

Place: Hibben

 

1000 - Practically all vehicles have now returned from detachment with Airborne Div and Commandoes.

 

1200 - Unit to leave command of 44 TPT COL with 3 complete tpt plns and go under command 24 TPT COL.  The remaining 2 platoons are to take over detail of conveying air freight from aerodrome.  Capt. T. Quayle remains with this detail as i/c.

 

1900 - Coy. (HQ 1 sect w/s 3 Tpt Plns) move to CALCAR and work under command of 24 TPT COL.  All vehicles were loaded with empty jerricans and then dumped at GOCH.

 

25th April 1945

Place: Calcar

 

1200 - Coy moving all day.  Arrived in new location at 2100 hrs.

 

26th April 1945

Place: Calcar

 

1030 - 25 x 3 ton vehicles report to R.E. DUMP GOCH and load S.M.T. rolls & fittings to full scale for delivery to R.E. DUMP DOHREN.  This journey is a 4 days turnaround.

 

1330 - 26 x 3 ton vehicles report to R.E. DUMP to load Bailey Pontoon Complete - [pickets?].  Load delivered to R.E. DUMP DOHREN.

 

1530 - 23 x 3 ton vehicles report to R.E. DUMP GOCH to load Bailey Pontoon and deliver same to R.E. DUMP DOHREN.

 

27th April 1945

Place: Calcar

 

0900 - All vehicles on details, vehicles will be out for 4 days at time.  Distance involved in journey is 600 miles turnaround.

 

28th April 1945

Place: Calcar

 

0900 - O.C. visited detachment on airfield.  Confirmed that LT McCLARY G.N. has died as result of injuries received in an accident.

 

29th April 1945

Place: Calcar

 

1900 - Vehicles return from detail to R.E. DUMP DOHREN with the exception of 26 x 3 ton who had been routed to 45 TPT COL. for urgent detail.

 

30th April 1945

Place: Calcar

 

1335 - 27 x 3 ton vehicles report to R.E. DUMP GOCH.  Load dry Bailey Pontoons and delivered same to R.E. DUMP DOHREN.

 

1300 - Detail received and confirmed that Coy with the exception of the detachment is to be immediately transferred to the Command of 45 TPT COL.  All vehicles in location leave for new location - area LEER M.R. Sheet K.54 7091.