Field security

#1
Hello,

Historical interest here:

Could someone please explain to me the exact duties of a field security section? I am trying to understand the role of the 89th during world war 2 a little better.

Cheers
 
#4
Following 89 FSS, a second Airborne FS Section, 317 (Airborne) Field Security Section, was formed for the new 6th Airborne Division, on the 1st Jun 1943, mainly using personnel from 89 FSS. On completion of training, the Section's primary task was area and special unit security for the up coming invasion of Europe - Operation OVERLORD. Field Security tasks were to be conducted initially in the Normandy area, in the vicinity of Ranville.

Ponced from 317FSS - History
 
#5
King walt, I know that website, but I figured I'd get some detailed information on here, from someone actually in the Int corps. That website contains little information.
 
#10
#12
If your interest is genuine and not a sanity-check for your re-enactment group:

[wah shield off] apart from the means of delivery, proximity to the enemy and ferocity of combat, the work of 89 FSS
would have differed little from any other FSS.

Try the museum shop for "FSS" By Bob Steers isbn 0 95281 29 0 8
also see
"Naples 1944" by Normal Lewis ISBN 0 907871 72 0 Published by Eland 2002 [/wah shield on]

In common with all other Parachute forces, there is one other USP for 89:

"They have shown themselves to be as tenacious and determined in defence as they are courageous in attack. They are in fact, men apart - every man an Emperor.

Of all the factors, which make for success in battle, the spirit of the warrior is the most decisive. That spirit will be found in full measure in the men who wear the Maroon Beret."
- Montgomery of El Alamein
 
#13
If your interest is genuine and not a sanity-check for your re-enactment group:

[wah shield off] apart from the means of delivery, proximity to the enemy and ferocity of combat, the work of 89 FSS
would have differed little from any other FSS.

Try the museum shop for "FSS" By Bob Steers isbn 0 95281 29 0 8
also see
"Naples 1944" by Normal Lewis ISBN 0 907871 72 0 Published by Eland 2002 [/wah shield on]

In common with all other Parachute forces, there is one other USP for 89:

"They have shown themselves to be as tenacious and determined in defence as they are courageous in attack. They are in fact, men apart - every man an Emperor.

Of all the factors, which make for success in battle, the spirit of the warrior is the most decisive. That spirit will be found in full measure in the men who wear the Maroon Beret."
- Montgomery of El Alamein
Thanks, I'll check those out. I don't see how one could reenact intelligence.
 
#14
Worst Fears Confirmed by Graeme Deely has a pretty good accounty of 89 and 317 MI Sects amongst other Sections. ISBN: 978.1.903172.54.4

No I'm not on commission
 
#15
Further to Subsonic's helpful guidance and to give a rough modern interpretation in a nutshell, the main difference between security in the field, also known as operational security, and security in barracks is one of adaptability, common sense, an appreciation of the tactical situation and the ability to make do with whatever is to hand to resolve a problem.
 
#17
Well, that's not reenacting. That's dressing up with a cap badge. They don't seem to actually "show" or "tell" or "do" anything. If you reenact a rifleman, you can enter a forest and shoot at germans. What do these guys do, sit in a bunker and interpret photos? (What actually brings us back to my question, what does a field security section actually "do"?

Regards
 
#18
Well, that's not reenacting. That's dressing up with a cap badge. They don't seem to actually "show" or "tell" or "do" anything. If you reenact a rifleman, you can enter a forest and shoot at germans. What do these guys do, sit in a bunker and interpret photos? (What actually brings us back to my question, what does a field security section actually "do"?

Regards
Jesus. Take the hint.
 

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