6 June 1944 - 25 July 1944


As foreseen, it proved impossible in the early stages to submit formal demands for reinforcements by arms of Services and trades and it was not until D+28 that GHQ 2nd Echelon was able to render the first full return to the War Office. Subsequently these demands were made at intervals of fourteen days.

Reinforcements supplied by the War office were despatched to four reinforcements groups which, although in UK, operated under the control of 21 Army Group. Personnel drafts were called forward from these groups to the Continent as required.

From D-day until D+8 reinforcements were despatched from UK to Corps Reception Camps located in the BMAs and then distributed to units in the corps. In order to help the control and documentation of reinforcement personnel, a small clerical staff from GHQ 2nd Echelon (BRITISH) was attached to each CRC, while a representative of GHQ 2nd Echelon (CANADIAN) was attached to 1 Corps Reception Camp to control the postings of CANADIAN personnel.

When HQ Second Army arrived in the theatre the Advance Reinforcement Sections of GHQ 2nd Echelon (BRITISH) and GHQ 2nd Echelon (CANADIAN) also established themselves in the beach head. These arrivals made adjustments to the predetermined planned drafts possible and also provided machinery for demanding personnel that were urgently required.

HQ 21 Army Group arranged facilities for the despatch of such reinforcements at twelve hours notice from the UK. On D+8 101 Rft Gp which previously had been allotted to Second Army landed on the Continent and set up in the area of BAYEUX. From that day reinforcements were despatched from the beaches to 101 Rft Gp and therefore came under control of HQ Second Army who authorised their postings to units.

For the period D to D+17 drafts of reinforcements had been prepared in accordance with the planning demands of divisions.

In addition, 101 Rft Gp was scheduled to land with 6,000 officers and men by D+8. For the first few days the build-up of reinforcements proceeded according to this plan but on D+8 there were sufficient reserves in the beach-head to warrant the postponement of the scheduled landings for two days.

From D-day to 26 July, 44,563 BRITISH and 13,323 CANADIAN reinforcements were despatched from UK to the Continent for 21 Army Group. These totals fell far short of the planned figures as, owing to the casualties being lighter than was expected, the wastage during the first month was reduced by fifty per cent of the estimate.

101 Rft Gp experienced great difficulty at the start as it had been allotted only three platoons of transport to convey reinforcements to units in different parts of the beach-head. Furthermore some drafts from UK arrived badly kitted and no stocks existed in the holding units at this time to make up any deficiencies.



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