National Archives catalogue number WO 171/5544.

 

Abbreviation

4515

A/B

A/CRE

Adv

BLA

Br

CAGRE

Cdn

CE

C in C

Comd

Conc

Conf

Coy
CRE
Div

Eqpt

Est

FBE

Fwd

GHQ
Gp

HQRE

LE

Maint

ME

Mech

Misc

Mob

OC

Offr

O i/c
OR

Ord

Pl

Pt

RE

Rep

Requd

Rt

S

SEAC

Sec

Sqn

Tps

Tpt

Map Reference

Airborne

Acting Commander Royal Engineers

Advance

British Liberation Army

British / Bridge

Commander Army Group Royal Engineers

Canadian

Chief Engineer

Commander-in-Chief

Command
Concentration

Conference

Company
Commander Royal Engineers

Division / Divisional

Equipment

Established

Folding Boat Equipment

Forward

General Headquarters

Group

Headquarters Royal Engineers

Land Element

Maintenance

Mechanical Equipment

Mechanised

Miscellaneous

Mobilisation

Officer Commanding
Officer

Officer-in-Command

Other Ranks

Ordnance

Platoon

Point

Royal Engineers

Representative

Required

Right

Scottish

South East Asia Command

Section

Squadron

Troops

Transport

 

 

Month and year : March 1945

Commanding Officer : Major J.H. Waters MBE, RE

 

3rd March 1945

Place: B.L.A.

 

Coy completed move to OSS E4515 comd 13 GHQ Special Tps RE.

 

4th March 1945

Unsuccessful recce for billets NIJMEGEN area.

 

5th March 1945

Stores Pl take over dump from 32 Stores Sec RE at OVERHANGEL.

 

8th March 1945

Warning order received - likely move to GENNEP area within 3 days.

 

9th March 1945

Move cancelled CRE from England.

 

10th March 1945

O.C. & C.R.E. to C.E. 8 Corps.

 

11th March 1945

O.C. & C.R.E. to HQ 6 A/B Div L.E. via 40 R.H.U. & C.E. 21 Army Gp.

 

12th March 1945

C.R.E. returned to U.K. by Air.

 

13th March 1945

O.C. returned to unit location via C.E. 21 Army Gp & Reforce Sec.

 

14th March 1945

Unit now under comd C.R.E. 1 Cdn Army Tps RE.

 

15th March 1945

25 dvrs collected from 50 R.H.U., 7 - 4 x 2 3 tonners from LILLE.

 

16th March 1945

Information received that unit likely to move from present location as accommodation requd. by 1 Cdn Army.

 

17th March 1945

Unit at 12 hrs notice to move to Conc area - all vehicles now painted & stores being received through Ord Channels.

 

18th March 1945

Order to move received via 1 CAGRE from 2 Br Army area ISSUM A0927.  Move completed 1700 hrs.  First time in Germany.

 

19th March 1945

New Div area administration assisted by improvement to roads & erection of water point.

 

21st March 1945

Adjutant & H.Q.R.E. sea-tail arrived in.

 

24th March 1945

'D' Day.  Unit ready to move, but not likely before D 2.  Lt Brook reported as his glider landed wrong side of river.

 

25th March 1945

Still waiting orders to move across river.  Move now likely D3.

 

26th March 1945

Coy ordered to move 2345 hrs to WESEL area east of Rhine.

 

27th March 1945

Move completed 0945 hrs - very slow convoy owing to tremendous amount of traffic.

 

28th March 1945

Coy moved fwd to 4946 later moved to 4252, move completed by 0130 hrs.

 

29th March 1945

1 - Bailey Pl attached for bridging commitments.  Lt Freeman attached as O i/c Mech Eqpt.

 

30th March 1945

Coy moved fwd to BILLERBECK 6579.  Bailey Pl committed for br at GREVEN 9188.

 

31st March 1945

Coy stand by to move but later stand down.

 

 

Month and year : April 1945

Commanding Officer : Major J.H. Waters MBE, RE

 

1st April 1945

Coy ordered to move to LENGERICH 0899.

 

2nd April 1945

1 Platoon 25 M.E.P. under command.

 

3rd April 1945

Completed by 0530 hrs.

 

4th April 1945

Move to OFFLETON 5261.  1 Pl Bailey, 1 Pl F.B.E., 1 Platoon Bailey pontoon attached for bridging R WESER.

 

5th April 1945

Br Eqpt passed forward to units.

 

6th April 1945

Weser bridged.  Unit moved fwd to PETERSHAGEN 8420.

 

8th April 1945

Move fwd to HAGENBURG 0827, move completed by 2200 hrs.

 

9th April 1945

Temporary halt on line of R LINNE whilst tail is brought up.  Internal economy for all units.

 

10th April 1945

CRE's conference - no move likely for several days.  15 (S) Div to pass through and continue advance.

 

15th April 1945

Move to 8761 completed by 1100 hrs.

 

16th April 1945

Move to 8574 completed by 1600 hrs.  1/2 Bailey and Misc F.B.E. under command.

 

17th April 1945

Move to 9283.  Completed by 1500 hrs.  Water pt est at Div HQ.

 

18th April 1945

Make and men day for unit - no move likely 24 hrs.

 

19th April 1945

Div now in Corps Reserve.  All br returned to 8 Corps.  ME & Tippers collected in unit location.

 

20th April 1945

Recce of Div conc area S of LUNEBURG.  Tippers to 6 Army Tps RE.

 

23rd April 1945

Move to conc area.  HQ est RIESTE 8205 completed by 1230 hrs.

 

24th April 1945

Recce of br at BEVENSEN 9201 with object of repairing roadway.  Eventually passed to Burogmaster for maint.

 

25th April 1945

O.C. & C.R.E. on recce of German Naval Bomb Depot.

 

28th April 1945

Visit of C in C to Div H.Q.  1 Offr & 3 OR's attended as spectators of presentation of medal ribbons.  CRE's Conference.

 

29th April 1945

R ELBE crossing forced by 15 (S) Div.  6 A/B Div as follow up force and take over rt flank.

 

30th April 1945

Unit less heavy vehicles moved to UASTORF 8714 - heavy vehicles to LUNEBURG airfield 8320.

 

 

Month and year : May 1945

Commanding Officer : Major J.H. Waters MBE, RE

 

2nd May 1945

Move fwd to WISMAR 4595.  Div Task finished.  Met Russians.

 

3rd May 1945

Capitulation of Germans in front of 21 Army Gp.  No immediate task for unit.

 

6th May 1945

Div Church Parade.  1 Offr 15 O.R's represented unit.  CRE's Conf.

 

7th May 1945

Lt Freeman returned to his unit.  All bridging & Mech Eqpt returned to Corps.

 

8th May 1945

V.E. Day.

 

13th May 1945

Warning Order received for move to Div to U.K.

 

14th May 1945

No move before 20 May.

 

15th May 1945

Billets recced by rep. 5 Div Field Park.

 

16th May 1945

O.C. as A/CRE owing to temporary absence of CRE to COPENHAGEN.

 

17th May 1945

Adv parties warned to proceed U.K. to prepare billets for return of Div.

 

18th May 1945

Adv Parties arrived NETHERAVON.

 

19th May 1945

Marching parties arrived by air.  Tpt under Lt Hotchkiss proceeded to OSTEND.

 

20th May 1945

Leave roster prepared.  A & S Gp 1 - 26-14 days.  A & S Gp 27 & over - 28 days & eligible for SEAC.

 

23rd May 1945

Marching party on leave.

 

27th May 1945

Vehicle party arrived ex B.L.A.

 

28th May 1945

Vehicle party on leave.  O.C. on leave.  Capt Hall preparing Mob Def lists.

 

30th May 1945

Units re-organised by Adjutant - only SEAC eligibles to remain, all others less officers to 591 Sqn RE.