Questions re: 1 Can Para Bn War Establishment and vehicles 6 Jun 1944
February 14 2009 at 5:44 PM
I do have copies of Hartigan and Joyce in front of me as I type this but am being lazy and referring to Bouchery. Actually, I don't think Joyce talks much about vehicles, so perhaps I can be forgiven?
Bouchery lists the following as being on the ORBAT of 1 Can Para. Is this correct? Did they use British vehicles? (Assuming I'm even reading his screwed up table correctly.)
23 folding bicycles
13 non-folding bicycles
1 8-cwt truck (case in point here - the Canadian Army used 8-cwt trucks, but kept them exclusively in Canada, possibly some in the UK, none on the Continent. Did 1 Can Para have any 8-cwt trucks, and would they have been British to conform to 6 ABN DIV or British?)
1 15-cwt water truck (same question)
8 3-ton lorries (same question)
Bouchery also lists a 1944 WE for para battalions, and lists 3 PT instructors. Did 1 Can Para have this increment?