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From: "Ted HARRIS" <>
Subject: Re: Field Companys
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 12:53:07 +1000
References: <002301c52bb3$3af5e120$9817d5cb@PRECIOUS>

The Engineers have many roles.

" We make and we break" is an unofficial motto of the Gingerbeers.

A Field Squadron would be involved in bridge building, road making, blowing
things up and making basic buildings and other small engineering jobs.

A Field Company would be attached to a larger Infantry unit to supply
engineering expertise.

A Company is a very small unit. Several Companies make up a Squadron. A
Squadron is a small unit but obviously bigger than a Company. Several
squadrons make up a Regiment but rarely would a Regiment all be in the same
place at the same time.

Engineers rarely get any glory. ( I am a former Sapper as well as a former
Infantryman). The books are written about the "fighting" units and the
support units like the Engineers are usually in such small numbers that
little is said about them except references in books about larger (usually
Infantry) units.

Ted Harris
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Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 10:08 PM
Subject: Field Companys

> Hi all,
> My Grandfather's three brothers also enlisted in the army during
> WW2. One of them was in the 2/5th Field Company of the 7th Div (Thanks Ted
> for the great info on your website.Your info on the structure of the army
> this period helped this militarily challenged family historian). Can
> tell me what the roll of the Field Company was? A search of Google
> they were engineers (sappers?). But what exactly did they do?. I know the
> brother John Clifford HOLLAND was at Lae New Guinea & I have found a AWM
> photo of him carrying a wounded mate. Whatever he was doing greatly
> his wellbeing by late 1944 and my Grandfather was worried about him
> according to letters.
> What is the difference between a Field Company and a Field Regiment?
> There seems to be very little info on the 2/5th FC which is in character
> the silent 7th Div.
> Thanks in advance
> Rob Ford
> Dubbo
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