Troop Command Post 

 

The Troop command post will normally be site on the upwind flank behind the guns in order that:-

 

(a) The G.P.O can effectively supervise the work at the guns.

(b) Orders can be passed to the guns without difficulty if the tannoy set fails.

 

Other considerations in choosing the command post are accesibility, cover from air observation, protection agianst splinters, blast, gas and weather, and provision of blackout.

 

Organization

The command post must be so organized that the G.P.O. can see the artillery board and the signallers message pads without moving from the position from which he controls the guns.

 

Duties 

The G.P.O. will decentralize as much work as possible to his assistants in order that he may himself concentrate upon controlling the fire of the troop and checkinh the technical work of his staff.

A suggested sub-division of principal duties:-

(a) Troop leader: Acts as a section commander or a relief for the G.P.O.

 

(b) Troop B.S.M. (Battery Sergeant Major) Acts as a section commander or an additional relief for the G.P.O.

Supervises the distrubition of ammunition within the troop, and keep a record of expenditure. Prepares a rost of duties for all personnel other than signallers.

 

(c) G.P.O.A. Assist with:

(i) Director work.

(ii) Artillery board work.

(iii) Compiling target records.

(iv) Preparation of concentration and position correction tables or Army Form B2596.

(v) Crest clearance tables.

(vi) Organization of the troop command post.

(vii) Preparation of the link shooting form.

(viii) Passage of information to the battery command post and the O.P.

(ix) Filing of messages.

(x) Preparation of the alternative positions.

 

 

 Canadian gunners working on an artillery board