Loading Table 25 Medical Detachment – Infantry Regiment Ft. Benning Infantry School Training Bulletin No. 1 (1 November 1943)

Partial list illustrating the unit equipment of a Headquarters Section, Medical Detachment, Infantry Division.
Source, FM 8-10, Medical Service of Field Units, March 28, 1942.

The following data were compiled from Chapter 2 – Reference Data, The Infantry Regiment, prepared and published by the Infantry School, Ft. Benning, Georgia, and distributed with the approval of the Commanding General, Army Ground Forces (ref. 3344 Benning 12-8-43 6,000).

Between 1943 and 1944 personnel modifications were minimal, and while T/O 7-11, dated 1 March 1943, listed total manpower as 9 Officers and 103 Enlisted Men, T/O 7-11 dated 26 February 1944, indicated that the Medical Detachment with an Infantry Regiment (Infantry Division) consisted of 9 Officers and 126 EM.
The subdivision remained, i.e. 1 Headquarters Section and 3 Battalion Medical Sections. The number of vehicles remained unchanged, i.e. 8 Trucks and 7 Trailers.

Headquarters Section:

Vehicles > 1 x Truck, ¼-Ton + 1 x Trailer, ¼-Ton
Personnel > Captain (Regimental Dental Surgeon), T/Sgt (or 1st/Sgt), Tec 5 (Record Clerk, also Truck Driver)
Equipment > approximate weight 570 lbs (w/o Personnel)

Equipment Load ¼-Ton Trailer (1 Nov 43):

1 Chest, M.D. #1 (replaced 2 Chest, M.D. #1)
1 Chest, M.D. #4
1 Tent, Command Post, Complete, w/ Pins & Poles (replaced 1 Tent, Pyramidal, w/ Pins & Poles)
1 Case, Tent Pin
1 Set, Lantern (replaced 2 Set, Lantern)
1 Machine, Imprinting
20 Blood Plasma Units
1 Bucket, General Purpose, Galvanized, Heavy Weight, w/o Lip, 14-Qt (replaced 1 Bucket, Canvas, Collapsible, 10-Qt)
1 Lantern, Gasoline, 2-Mantle
1 Lantern, Electric, Portable, Hand
1 Set, Splint (replaced 1 Set, Splint)
4 Litter, Steel Pole (replaced 12 Litter, Aluminum or Steel Pole)
2 Curtain, Gas Proof, M1
1 Kit, First-Aid, Motor Vehicle, 12-Unit
1 Flag, Geneva Convention Marker, w/ Case & Staff
1 Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Shrimp, 22-Inch x 22-Inch (for Trailer)
2 Can, Water, 5-Gallon
1 Set, T/E Truck Equipment

Note:
Following elements were deleted (between 1942-1943):
1 Blanket Set, Small
1 Chest, M.D. #2
2 Cocoa Unit
2 Axe, Handled, Chopping, Single-Bit, Standard Grade, 4-Pound
2 Pick, Handled, Railroad, 6 to 7 Pound
2 Shovel, Hand, D-Handled, Round Point
2 Rope, ½-Inch, 40 Feet

Vehicles > 1 x Truck, 2 ½-Ton
Personnel > First Lieutenant (Assistant Dental Surgeon), Sgt (Supply), Tec 4 (Medical Technician), 2 Tec 5 (Dental Technician), 2 Tec 5 (Surgical Technician), Tec 5 (Podiatrist), Pfc (Sanitary Technician), Tec 5 (Truck Driver), 11 (Basic Medic)
Equipment > approximate weight 3,960 lbs (w/o Personnel)

Internal view of a M-1942 Command Post Tent.

Equipment Load 2 ½-Ton Truck (1 Nov 43):

2 Chest M.D. #60
1 Chest M.D. #2
1 Chest, Gas Casualty
1 Kit, First-Aid, Motor Vehicle, 12-Unit
1 Kit, Suction, Snake Bite
1 Machine, Imprinting
1 Set, Blanket, Small
2 Litter, Steel Pole
2 Bucket, General Purpose, Galvanized, Heavy Weight, w/o Lip, 14-Qt
1 Lantern, Electric, Portable, Hand
4 Stove, Tent, M1941, Complete, w/ Grate
4 Burner, Oil, Stove, Tent, M1941
4 Can, Water, 5-Gallon (Full)
1 Bag, Canvas, Water Sterilizing, Complete, w/ Cover & Hanger
3 Officers’ Bedding Roll
6 Clippers, Hair
3 Gloves, Protective, Impermeable
3 Suit, Protective, One-Piece, Impermeable
1 Set T/E Truck Equipment

Battalion Section:

(3 Battalion Sections per Infantry Regiment – each Battalion Section is divided into: Aid Station Group, Litter Bearer Group, Company Aid Group)

Vehicles > 1 Truck, ¼-Ton + 1 Trailer, ¼-Ton
Personnel > Medical Technician (Truck Driver)
Equipment > approximate weight 680 lbs (w/o Personnel)

Illustration showing unit equipment of a Medical Detachment and a partially-filled ¼-Ton Trailer.

Equipment Load ¼-Ton Trailer (1 Nov 43):

1 Tent, Command Post, Complete, w/ Pins & Poles (replaced 1 Tent, Wall, Small, w/ Fly, Pins & Poles)
1 Bucket, General Purpose, Galvanized, Heavy Weight, w/o Lip, 14-Qt (replaced 1 Bucket, Canvas, Collapsible, 10-Qt)
1 Lantern, Electric, Portable, Hand (replaced 2 Set, Lantern)
1 Machine, Imprinting
1 Pack, Unit Medical Equipment (*)
18 Blood Plasma Units
2 Can, Water, 5-Gallon (Full)
1 Flag, Geneva Convention Marker, w/ Case & Staff (replaced 2 Flag, Geneva Convention Marker)
1 Bag, Canvas, Water Sterilizing, Complete, w/ Cover & Hanger
1 Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Shrimp, 22-Inch x 22-Inch (for Trailer)
2 Kit, Suction, Snake Bite
1 Officers’ Bedding Roll
1 Set, T/E Truck Equipment

Note:
Following items were deleted (between 1943-1944):
2 Blanket Set, Small
2 Chest, M.D. #1
1 Chest, M.D. #2
2 Cocoa Unit
2 Set, Splint
12 Litter, Aluminum or Steel Pole
2 Axe, Handled, Chopping, Single-Bit, Standard Grade, 4 Pound
2 Pick, Handled, Railroad, 6 to 7 Pound
2 Shovel, Hand, D-Handled, Round Point
2 Rope, ½-Inch, 40 Feet

(*) pending availability, following is authorized for issue to each Battalion Section:

1 Case, Tent Pin
2 Case, Utility Canvas, Empty (added mid 1944)
2 Set, Blanket, Small (8 Blankets)
2 Chest M.D. #1
1 Chest M.D. #2
2 Lantern Set (added mid 1944)
12 Litter, Steel Pole
48 Litter Securing Strap (added mid 1944)
2 Set, Splint
12 Splint, Litter Bar

Vehicles > 1 Truck, ¼-Ton + 1 Trailer, ¼-Ton
Personnel > Medical Technician (Truck driver)
Equipment > approximate weight 600 lbs (w/o Personnel)

Somewhere in France, July 1944. View of a 2 ½-Ton Truck pertaining to a Headquarters Section, Medical Detachment.

Equipment Load ¼-Ton Trailer (1 Nov 43):

1 Chest, Gas Casualty
1 Pack, Unit Medical Equipment (*)
18 Blood Plasma Units
1 Bucket, General Purpose, Galvanized, Heavy Weight, w/o Lip, 14-Qt
1 Lantern, Gasoline, 2-Mantle
2 Curtain, Gas Proof, M1
1 Machine, Imprinting
3 Can, Water, 5-Gallon (Full)
1 Net, Camouflage, Cotton, Shrimp, 22-Inch x 22-Inch (for Trailer)
1 Flag, Geneva Convention
1 Officers’ Bedding Roll
1 Set, T/E Truck Equipment

(*) see above list

Infantry School, Training Bulletin No. 1, 1 November 1943, Chapter 2 – Reference Data The Infantry Regiment.

References:
Medical Supply Catalog MED 6, Sets: Small Assemblies, Kits & Chests, Army Service Forces Catalog, 1 March 1944
Training Bulletin, Chapter 2, Reference Data The Infantry Regiment, The Infantry School, Fort Benning, 1 November, 1943
Military Medical Manual, 5th Edition, October 1942, (T/O 7-11, April 1, 1942)
Medical Field Manual, FM 8-10, March 28, 1942.

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