SECRET U.S. SECRET EQUALS BRITISH SECRET
Washington 25, D. C.
AG 370.5 (25 Jan 44)
27 January 1944
SUBJECT: Transfer, Constitution and Activation
of Parachute Field
Date: 27 Jan 44
TO : Commanding General,
Theater of Operations
At the earliest practicable date which you may select,
transfer the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (less
Batteries C and D) without personnel and equipment, from
the North African Theater of Operations to the European Theater
of Operations and inform the Commanding General, European
Theater of Operations when the unit becomes available to him.
The 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion is
constituted, assigned to the North African Theater of
Operations, and will be activated less Batteries C and D, at a
station you select, concurrently with the transfer directed in
paragraph 1, above.
This unit will be organized as a 75mm pack howitzer
battalion (less Batteries C & D), in accordance with T/0 6-215,
5 September 1942, and related tables, with an authorized
strength of twenty-seven (27) officers, two (2) warrant officers
and three hundred fifty-six (356) enlisted men.
The personnel and equipment of the 456th Parachute Field
Artillery Battalion retained in the North African Theater of
Operations, will bee used in the activation of the new unit.
Equipment a. The new unit is in priority A-l-b-3 for
controlled equipment, which will be issued in accordance with
letter, Office of The Adjutant General, AG 400 (10 Dec 43)
OB-S-GC-M, 17 December 1943, subject: "Distribution of
Controlled Items of Equipment".
b. The following tables of equipment dated 1 September 1943,
govern the issue of organizational equipment:
Hq & Hq & Serv. Btry, T/E 6-216
Howitzer Btry, T/E 6-217
Medical Detachment, T/E 6-200-M
c. Table of Equipment 21, 10 March 1943, with Changes 1, 2
and 3 governs the issue of clothing and individual equipment not
provided for in other tables.
Direct correspondence is authorized.
Reports. a. The date when the 456th Parachute Field
Artillery Battalion is transferred to the European Theater of
Operations and the 463d Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
(less Batteries C and D) is activated, will be reported to The
Adjutant General without delay.
b. The provisions of paragraphs 11, 12, and. 18, AR 345-800, 1 July
1942, as amended by Changes 2, 3 and 4, will be complied with
Obligate the appropriate allotments published in Section VI,
Circular No. 129, WD, 1 June 1943, to the extent necessary.
By order of the Secretary of War:
/s/ R.S. Kessinger
REPRODUCED HQ NATOUSA,
11 February 1944.
AG 322/455 -0
HEADQUARTER, NATOUSA, APO 534. 11 February 1944.
TO: Commanding: General, Fifth Army, APO 464.
Effective 0001 A hours, 20 February 1944, the 456th
Parachute Field Artillery Battalion (less Batteries C and D) is
transferred, without personnel and equipment, from the North
African Theater of Operations to the European Theater of
Concurrently with the above transfer, it is desired that you
activate the 463d Parachute Field Artillery battalion. Personnel
now assigned to the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
(less Batteries C and D) will be utilized, to the fullest extent
desirable, in the activation of the 463d Parachute Field
Section III, Circular No. 193, this headquarters, 1943,
a. Activation of this unit is authorized by the War
b. Personnel will be assigned as authorized.
c. Promotions are authorized by this action.
d. Strength of this unit is not chargeable to the overhead
allotment of this theater.
Additional personnel required for the activation of this
unit will be furnished from sources available to you.
Additional equipment, if required, will be furnished on
requisition in the usual manner.
Notification of date and place of activation will be
reported to this headquarters without delay. The report will
include the specific T/0 & E with dates, under which activation
was accomplished. Five (5) copies of the accomplishing orders
will be forwarded this headquarters and ten (10) copies
forwarded direct to the Commanding General, SOS, NATOUSA.
a. Effective upon activation, the 463d Parachute Field
Artillery Battalion is assigned to Fifth Army ands will be
serviced by a Machine Records Unit as determined by the
Commanding General, Fifth Army.
b. The 463d Parachute Field Artillery Battalion will prepare and
forward an initial roster in accordance with AR 345-900.
c. The appropriate data (see paragraph 18, AR 345-800) will be
entered in the unit morning report in accordance with Section
III, AR 345-¬400, as modified by letter this headquarters, file
AG 330.33/100 -8 S, dated 29 July 1943, subject: "Adoption of
New Morning Report".
By command of Lieutenant General DEVERS:
A. B. KING,
Asst Adjutant General.
6 - TAG, WD
2 – CG, ETOUSA
1 – G1
3 – G3, AF
3 - G3, NATO
3 – G4
2 – Tpn (A)
10 – CG, SOS, NATOUSA
3 – CG, Fifth Army 2 - AG Records
1 - 456th Parachute FA Bn 2 - AG Personnel, AF
1 - 463d Parachute FA Bn 2 - AG Personnel, NATO
1 - Fld Arty Sec (A) 1 - AG Postal
2 – AG ...
U.S. SECRET EQUALS BRITISH SECRET