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270th Field Artillery Battalion

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  1. Nicelyb

    Nicelyb Active Member

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    More pieces to the puzzle. Thanks to the guys from Ridgway Hall at the AWC for the help on tracking this info down.

    Per T/O & E # 6-395 and 6-397 dated 18 Aug ’43 The battalion was manned with 478 pax:

    Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB) 110ea pax TOE # 6-56
    Battalion HQ
    Bn Commander
    Executive Officer
    Bn S-3
    Asst S-3
    S-2
    Asst S-2
    Liaison Pilot x 2
    Battery HQ
    Battery CDR (also the Comms Officer)
    1SG
    Btry Clerk
    Orderly
    Unassigned Duties x 15
    Operations Platoon (Ops/FDC/Instruments/Survey sections)
    Ops SGM
    Asst Ops NCO
    Fire Direction Computer (Senior)
    Machine Gunner (Senior)
    Agent
    Bugler
    Clerk
    Fire Direction Computer x 2
    Truck Driver Light x 4
    Machine Gunner x 2
    Horizontal Control Operator
    Radio Operator x 3
    Vertical Control Operator
    Survey and Instrument SGT
    Survey and Instrument Specialist x 6
    Communications Platoon (HQ/Wire/Radio sections)
    Asst. Comms Officer
    Comms Chief (Enlisted)
    Message Center Chief
    Message Center
    Wire SGT
    Wireman
    Truck Driver Light
    Switchboard Operator x 2
    Wire and Telephone Operator x 15
    Radio SGT
    Radio Operator x 9
    Machine Gunner x 2
    Radio Repair x 2
    Personnel Section
    Personnel Warrant Officer
    Personnel SGT
    Classification Specialist
    Typist
    Clerk HQ
    Maintenance Section
    Motor Officer
    Mess SGT
    Supply SGT
    Asst. Motor Sgt
    Cook x 3
    Cook Helper
    Truck Driver Light
    Machine Gunner
    Mechanic Airplane and Engine x 2
    Mechanic Auto
    3 Firing Batteries (A,B and C) 111ea pax per Btry. TOE # 6-97
    Battery HQ
    Btry Commander
    1SG
    Btry Clerk
    Unassigned Duties x 15
    Battery Detail
    Reconnaissance Officer
    Chief of Detail (SSG)
    Agent
    Instrument Operator
    Machine Gunner (Senior)
    Survey (Senior) x 2
    Wire
    Bugler
    Truck Driver Light
    Machine Gunner x 2
    Radio Operator x 3
    Switchboard Operator
    Radio Repairman
    Survey x 2
    Wire and Telephone Operator x 8
    Firing Section: ( HQ, 2 Howitzer Sections and 3d Section)
    Btry Executive Officer
    Chief of Section (SSG)
    Chief of Section (SGT) x 2
    Ammunition x 2
    Gunner x2
    Machine Gunner (Senior)
    Cannoneer x 32
    Truck Driver Heavy x 7
    Machine Gunner x 2
    Ammunition Handler x 4
    Mechanic Artillery
    Crane Operator
    Maintenance Section
    Motor Officer
    Mess SGT
    Motor SGT
    Supply SGT
    Cook x 2
    Cook Helper
    Truck Driver Light
    Mechanic Auto
    Service Battery 35ea pax. TOE # 6-359
    Battery HQ
    Btry Commander,
    1SG
    Battery Clerk
    Bugler
    Radio Telephone Operator
    Unassigned Duties
    Service Platoon: (Battalion Supply Section and Battalion Motor Maintenance Section)
    Battalion Motor Officer
    Maint. Warrant Officer
    Motor SGT
    Mess SGT
    Supply SGT
    Asst. Supply SGT
    Clerk x3
    Machine Gunner
    Mechanic Tractor x3
    Mechanic Auto x3
    Auto Supply Clerk
    Truck Driver Light
    Welder
    Supply Clerk x2
    Battery Maintenance Section
    Supply SGT
    Asst Motor SGT
    Cooks x3
    Truck Driver
    Machine Gunner
    Mechanic Auto
    Utility Repair
     
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    HHB Ops Platoon has a position called “Agent”. Anyone have an idea what their job was?
     
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    Is there a website to research Cigarette Camps around La Havre France circa 1945? The 270th departed La Havre and I assume they stayed at one of the camps, but can not find anything about which one in the AARs, books and other bits of info I collected.
     
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    thank you for the info. Not sure why my Google searching didn't lead me to that site. HMMMMM, anyway thanks again for the info.

    Have you ever saw a database or a listing of units that passed thru a particular camp? I found the camp where the 270th was stationed when they first came to Europe, and it would be cool to find the camp which they departed Europe from. I know some fells were reassigned since their points were not high enough to go home, but feel a large percentage left together.
     
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    An interesting series of photos 2
     

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    An interesting series of photos 3
     

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    An interesting series of photos 4 and final
     

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    I found this today. Does it sound like the right description?

    The battalion usually follows the Bn CO and party in the order: CP section, two firing batteries, Hq Btry, and the third firing battery. Battery agents are used as mobile route markers for either short or long moves. They can overtake the head of the column in their 1⁄4-tons, and soon become very adept at

    handling traffic and giving instructions. Maps are and should be furnished each vehicle in the battalion. Communication is by radio, all on "C" channel.

    The battalion CO's party consists of Battalion CO in 1⁄4-ton with radio and .50-cal. MG, the CommO in 3⁄4-ton lineman truck, and the Asst S-2 in 3⁄4-ton survey truck. With it are the three firing battery BCs in 3⁄4-ton lineman truck. Mine detectors with mine marking tape, and pioneer tools for enlarging driveways and cutting hedges, are carried in the battery parties.
     
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    I thought COVID would of helped me gather additional info about the 270th, but I was not correct. I have hit a dry spell. The hunt continues!! LOL.
     
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    Thank you for all you do. I really appreciate it.
     
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    No problem. Sharing the Battalion’s history with others was one of the main reasons for my research. I initially started this project so I could show my mom what her father (my grandfather, who never really spoke of his time overseas) did in the war and it kinda grew from there.
     
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    Can anyone ID the howitzer being loaded? It appears to be a smaller 105, but I am not an Artillery expert.
     

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    155mm Gun M1.
     
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    Thanks Rich. The caption didn’t mention the gun, just the guys in the photo. I knew it wasn’t a 240mm, but was curious to what it was.
     
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    18 Oct 1944 3ea members of the 270th were awarded Purple Hearts but no mention of why in the AARs.
    Anyone have another place I can look for the reason why?
    Tec 5 Wayne Smith
    Tec 5 William Harvey
    Tec 4 Wayne Lidgard

    Authority was HQ 270 FA, GO #2

    Also on 20 Jan 45, 1ea pax was awarded the Purple Heart. unknown reason why as well
    PFC Gerhard Steppke

    Authority was 34 EVAC Hosp SM, GO #10

    Thanks for any assistance
     
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    Purple Heart.com database has no mention of any of them. Strange that the AARs mentions them receiving the medal, but no mention of why.
    The hunt for info continues.
     
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    www.thepurpleheart.com is not a comprehensive database. According to the website, they rely on submissions by family, friends & recipients.
     
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    I saw that, but the site was the best source I have been able to find (online in my chair at my computer LOL). Oh well, the hunt continues.
     

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