Activation Report
 

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WAR DEPARTMENT
Washington 25, D. C.

AG 370.5 (25 Jan 44)
OB-I-GNGCT-M                                                     27 January 1944

 

SUBJECT: Transfer, Constitution and Activation                      SECRET
          of Parachute Field Artillery                              Auth: T.A.G.
          Battalions                                                Initials: RSK
                                                                    Date: 27 Jan 44
TO    :    Commanding General,
           North African Theater of Operations

 

  1. 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.
     

  2. 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.
     

  3. 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.
     

  4. 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.
     

  5. 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.
     

  6. Direct correspondence is authorized.
     

  7. 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 where applicable.
     

  8. 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
Adjutant General.

REPRODUCED HQ NATOUSA,
11 February 1944.

AG 322/455 -0                      1st Ind.                                 MH69
HEADQUARTER, NATOUSA, APO 534.   11 February 1944.

 

TO: Commanding: General, Fifth Army, APO 464.

 

  1. 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 Operations.
     

  2. 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 Artillery Battalion.
     

  3. Section III, Circular No. 193, this headquarters, 1943, applies.

    a. Activation of this unit is authorized by the War Department.

    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.
     

  4. Additional personnel required for the activation of this unit will be furnished from sources available to you.
     

  5. Additional equipment, if required, will be furnished on requisition in the usual manner.
     

  6. 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.
     

  7. 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,          
Major, AGD,          
Asst Adjutant General.    

DISTRIBUTION:
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 ...

 

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