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From: "Graham & Vera McKenzie-Smith" <>
Subject: Re: Field Companys
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 07:26:32 +0800
References: <002301c52bb3$3af5e120$9817d5cb@PRECIOUS> <000d01c52cf7$f24c7b50$0301010a@ted>
You have been busy reearching - I will send you the database printout for
2/5 Fd Coy later today.
Just a few corrections to Ted's contribution.
In WW2 Field Coys were the basic engineer unit and one was attached to each
infantry brigade. The engineers in a division included three Fd Coys and a
Field Park Coy which held the stores and ran a workshop. Each coy was made
up of three sections, and one section could be attached to an infantry
battalion if needed. Not all Fd Coys were actually attached to brigades as
the head engineer for the division (known as the Commander Royal Engineers
(CRE)) would allocate his resourses as needed to do all the jobs that were
For the armoured and motor divisions the equivalent unit was the Fd Sqn
which had a similar role to the Fs Coy but with a slightly different
structure reflecting the different tasks likely to be needed from the unit.
There were also Army Fd Coys which were used outside the divisional
organization as well as Army Troops Coys that had a similar role in the rear
areas. There were no regiments in the RAE structure in WW2 although in more
recent times all RAE units are now squadrons and are grouped into engineer
Any further queries give me a call
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ted HARRIS" <>
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: Field Companys
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "old address" <>
> To: <>
> 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
> > for the great info on your website.Your info on the structure of the
> > 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
> > 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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