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 Post subject: Royal Australian Engineers - Field Park Companies
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:52 am 
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Just a query on Royal Australian Engineers in WW 2. Does anybody know what was the difference between a Field Company and a Field Park Company? Many thanks! Jenny


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 Post subject: Re: Royal Australian Engineers - Field Park Companies
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:46 pm 
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Im going to have a guess that it refers to a CSS(Close Service Support) company but instead of CSS they use there own name.

Therefore they just offer a next line of support to the field companies such as resources, manpower, support when required. Typically supporting 3 or 4 companies.

Just a guess I might add...


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 Post subject: Re: Royal Australian Engineers - Field Park Companies
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:28 am 
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Ok, so they're connected but offering support when needed. That's logical - thanks very much for that! If anyone has any more ideas, we can add it into the mix. I guess there are not many left who might actually remember....


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 Post subject: Re: Royal Australian Engineers - Field Park Companies
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From Encyclopaedia of the R.C.E. in WW2: Part One: The Field Units by John Sliz:
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During the Great War the field companies had a problem of running workshops and maintaining stores in the forward area… In 1919 the R.E. formed the Rawlinson Committee to look at the problems of engineer organisation and control. One of their hundred recommendations was: "That a headquarters of specially skilled men should be included in the establishment of divisional engineers." Thus the the Field Park Company was born to handle the workshops and stores that the Field Company previously handled.

Google "engineer field park company" and check out a few of the resulting links. British-model (Commonwealth) armies in WW2 had field park companies at the divisional level away from the immediate combat area to run specialised workshops and maintain divisional engineering stores.

From http://www.paradata.org.uk/units/286-ai ... company-re
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286 Field Park Company, Royal Engineers was assigned to form part of the 6th Airborne Division from 7 June 1943.

It provided the workshop, equipment, plant and stores unit of the Divisional Engineers and acted in a support role for the Divisional campaigns from Normandy through to Palestine.


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 Post subject: Re: Royal Australian Engineers - Field Park Companies
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This is really good - thanks for the detail!


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