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    I remember in my early RCT days when you 'first paraded' any vehicle you were going to use, if, for example, a bulb had gone, or you needed wiper blades, rubies, reflectors, et.c et.c, then you went to the FAMTO store to get these odds n sods. We used to have a small store in the unit, but not the G10, where these items, (for the use of....!) were available. You would have a record of all the stuff and say you had 10 stop & tail bulbs on the shelf, you took one and amended the card accordingly, down to 9, and so on. When the store was running low, you would put an indent in to put your stocks back up. The card would again be amended so you always had a 'ready reckoner' of what was on the shelf. So basically, it was like a 'first aid' for your vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antar View Post
    Or is it FIRST AID MOTOR TRANSPORT OUTFIT ?
    The abbreviation MT is is a military given. Nobody care or needs to know what it stands for. MT is MT. In fourteen years' service I never knew or cared.

    It was only when I read Warriors Paraded (iirc), an omnibus of the between-wars years works of Anthony Armstrong (one book of which I had read long before joining up) that I found a reference to Mechanical Transport (as opposed to horse-drawn). I sit in the Mechanical Transport camp.

    Another abbreviation which we used but didn't care about was FHQ. When a cavalry squadron was in camp, its administration was carried out by Squadron Headquarters, but as soon as it went into the field, it became FHQ. Again, nobody knew or cared, but FHQ it was. I always assumed Field or Forward HQ.

    Coincidentally, Home Headquarters, The Light Dragoons recently digitised all their literature (see http://www.lightdragoons.org.uk/downloads.html ) and I am currently working through The History of 15/19 The King's Royal Hussars 1939 - 1945. It records its orbat in December 1939 as:

    At this time the holders of the chief appointments in the Regiment were :
    Commanding Officer . . Lieutenant Colonel D. S. Frazer.
    Second in Command . . Major T. J. Arnott.
    OC A Squadron . . Major C. Cokayne-Frith.
    OC B Squadron . . Major W. R. N. Hinde.
    OC C Squadron . . Captain Sir H. R. K. Floyd, Bt.
    OC HQ Squadron . . Major J. G. Leaf.
    Adjutant . . . . Captain N. A. Courage.
    Quartermaster. . Captain G. R. G. Hart MM.
    RSM . . . . RSM Geary.
    RQMS . . . . RQMS Mayo.
    SSM A Squadron . . SSM CoUey.
    SSM B Squadron . . SSM Hingle.
    SSM C Squadron . . SSM Lyons.
    SSM HQ Squadron . . SSM Craven.

    Our War Establishment as a Divisional Cavalry Regiment gave us a strength of twenty-one officers and four hundred and thirty-four other ranks, including attached troops. The three Sabre Squadrons each had a Fighting Headquarters and six Troops-FHQ of two tanks and one carrier, two tank Troops of three tanks each, and four carrier Troops of three carriers each-total eight tanks and thirteen carriers, each with a crew of three or four men.
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    Alien, A FHQ, so called as it has fighting vehs, as part of it's orbat. Normally used in Tank regts rather than others. Such as the Squadron leaders and 2i/c's tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienFTM View Post
    Another abbreviation which we used but didn't care about was FHQ. When a cavalry squadron was in camp, its administration was carried out by Squadron Headquarters, but as soon as it went into the field, it became FHQ. Again, nobody knew or cared, but FHQ it was. I always assumed Field or Forward HQ.
    To me that seems perfectly reasonable & I always took it to mean something like that. But it is one of those abbreviations that seems to lack an official definition & seems to mean different things in different circumstances. I have looked for a meaning in the following official publications:

    MOD Acronyms & Abbreviations
    Joint Services Glossary
    Field Service Regulations
    Field Service Pocket Books
    Staff Duties in the Field
    Staff Officers Handbook
    Administration within the Corps
    Administration within the Division
    Administration in the Field
    Administration in War
    Training for War
    Airborne Directives
    Armour - RAC Compendium
    Land Operations
    Manual of Joint Warfare
    Military Organization & Administration
    RCT Officers Pocket Book
    Notes on the British Army

    Although there is no definition of the abbreviation there are references in:

    Administration in the Field refers to Forward HQ
    Notes on the British Army refers to Force HQ

    The post before me refers to Fighting HQ so it clearly lacks official definition & means different things to different units in varying circumstances!
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    The Only Location that was of interest to Most Squaddies was.
    1, The Cook House.
    2, The N.A.A.F.I.....................
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    or the sump rets rest
    just because I am parranoid does not mean they are not out to get me

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