Does anyone have details on the internal organization (and equipment tables) of an RE Field Sqn in France with the BEF in 1940?
A google search on 'Natzweiler' comes up with a concentration camp. Did you mean 'Niehorster', as I'd already tried that previously?I'm pretty sure there's an organisation table for the various permutations that changed throughout WW2 because I used it when researching mi dad.
Don't know whether the Canadian Maple Leaf Up site is still running and Natzweiler rings a bell (long list of ALL RE units LoC units and chemical (Mortar) troops too.
I'll try re-find the sites I came across but one of those generic books on British Army uniforms an organisation had some basic stuff. Modelling and Wargame sites have some very useful info too - but they can be a bit pedantic (if it says you have so many vehicles - that's what you have. Not what you may actually have had - and what types etc.
Try some of the wargamers over on the modelling sites.
Again, thanks. The troop organisation in Niehorster gives 1 Officer, 1 SNCO and 63 ORs. My understanding of later war RE sections was that they had a strength of 12 ORs, but that would seem to give a 1940 Troop HQ of 1 Offr, 1 SNCO and 3 ORs, commanding 5 (!) sections?@SkippedOnce - Well colour me embarrassed - Niehorster... but you got the gen.
Below Sqn you would have Troops then Sections rather than platoons. 3 plus a HQ Tp.
As @Gluteus Maximus noted, whilst maybe down south - still part of BEF (most went into the bag around St Valery en Caux). Only about 80 got back to Britain from their original establishment of c.270
However! I'm trying to recall whether their organisation was simply referred to as 'War Establishment type l' etc., through to type Vlll by 1945. Whatever, pretty certain BEF was type l.
As GlutMax says you may be able to glean from the WW2Talk forum and in particular PM Drew5233 as he's a 1940 specialist- if you have all the BEF RE units try search individually but also remember there were Divisional assets and some LoC units were a bit strange - (don't think necessarily badged RE).
The Fd Pk Sqn would hold most of the Engineering assets. at Sqn level it would be the various utility vehicles for command and control and TCV for Sections etc.
Looking up some of the formation signs for Arm of Service and Unit Index No may have photos of the particular units vehicles. WW2Talk user ETA Andrew Foulkes had some such gen when I was looking at 1st Fd Sqn.
Surprisingly, unit war diaries don't always have vehicle strengths and types. If you find any such info I wouldn't mind knowing myself - just remember, what they were tabled for and actually had was usually quite different.