Ambulance Help INF/AMD Div 1944

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  1. Thundergrunt

    Thundergrunt Active Member

    Hello All

    I see the WE and kinda understand the breakdown, but my question would be. In a INF/AMD DIV where would the medical fall into I am guessing HQ.

    SO say in the 53rd DIV HQ there would be a

    Field Ambulance per Brigade.
    and in Each brigade would be 4 Ambulances 1 to Each Regiment and HQ??
    And the Same for Armor just its light Field Amb.

    Also it says Ambulance 2 stretcher and 4 Stretcher what type vehicles are these?? I have seen Jeeps, WC54 American style an 8CWT a 15CWT a Humber Ambulance. what is correct for a INF/ARM regiment in 1944.
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    Basically correct - 4 stretcher was usually modified Jeep - driven by RASC personnel - depending on activity - many vehicle

    were used as the field ambulances were overwhelmed - and reached out for anything handy - this was with the wounded as time was of

    the essenceā€¦

  3. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    Looking back on my notes as it's been a long time since I looked at RAMC organisation.

    In an Inf Div there was one Field Ambulance assigned per Inf Bde, in the Armd Div a Fd Amb for the single Inf Bde and a Light Fd Amb for the Armd Bde. The Fd Amb consisted of a HQ and two Bearer Coys, each of three Sections. In action the Fd Amb HQ would set up an Advanced Dressing Station (ADS), while each Sec of a Bearer Coy could set up a casualty collection post under its RAMC officer. Wounded soldiers from Bns in the Inf Bdes would go first to the Bn's own Regimental Aid Post (RAP), where the RAMC medical officer attached to each Bn directed the unit's stretcher bearers (infantrymen, not RAMC personnel). They were passed from their, by the Bearer Coys, to the ADS, who prepared them for transfer to the Casualty Clearing Station (CCS), provided on a scale of two per Corps.

    The bulk of the actual ambulances were held by the Fd Amb HQ (ten) with each Bearer Sec having one, so sixteen in each Fd Amb.

    The Lt Fd Amb was different, in that it had a HQ and four Secs. Here the HQ formed a Main Dressing Station (MDS) and each Sec an ADS. HQ held ten actual ambulances and each Sec two more, total eighteen for a Lt Fd Amb.

    Before the 1942 WEs the standard Fd Amb operated in the same manner as the Lt Fd Amb, with an MDS formed in HQ. The revised organisation removed this function and brought in a Field Dressing Station to replace it. The FDS effectively undertook the role of the MDS. An Inf Div had two Fd Dressing Stns as it was normal for only two Inf Bdes to be in action at one time, an Armd Div a single FDS for the Inf Bde.

    RAMC constituted a distinct part of the Div, but did not have a HQ RAMC as such, coming under the Assistant Director of Medical Services (ADMS), who was an officer in Div HQ.

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  4. Thundergrunt

    Thundergrunt Active Member

    OK thanks for the Info, I am grateful. Now last question I am having trouble with is the Markings of the Ambulances them selves.

    I ahave read that they were Black Square with 75-77 and the Division they were assigned to AoS, so how do be marked in a inf BDE and Amd Regt.

  5. Clive Wiley

    Clive Wiley Member

    Dad was a Bandsman stretcher bearer in the 1/5 Queen's West Surrey's, i have his note books that i am in the process of transcribing them now. He has listed Name rank number and injury there are about 50 names all together, i have taken photos of the pages and i hope to post the list soon. They are from Villers Bocage 13 June to the 26 July.

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