6 June 1944 - 25 July 1944

The Order of Battle of P & SS on D-day was as follows:

BRITISH
1..GHQ Printing Press
1..Mobile Printing Section
2.. Mobile Duplicating Sections
2.. Publications Depots
1.. Stationery Depot
2.. Advanced Stationery Depots

CANADIAN
1.. Mobile Printing Section
1.. Advanced Stationery Depot

One mobile duplicating section was allotted to HQ 21 Army Group and one to HQ Second Army. 

The two BRITISH advanced stationery depots served Second Army and L of C while the CANADIAN advanced stationery depot served First Canadian Army and CANADIAN units on L of C. The remaining units worked as GHQ installations except for the CANADIAN mobile printing section which accompanied HQ First Canadian Army.

Demands for P & SS stores, the first of which emanated from the theatre on 11 June, were met by express coaster consignments until the advanced stationery depot for Second Army began to function on 7 July.

By 16 July the depot was functioning to capacity but the unprecedented rate of consumption of certain items especially those used in the production of fire plans necessitated the shipment of a considerable quantity of stores by express coaster after that date.

On 20 July the depot which was to serve L of C arrived but the CANADIAN advanced stationery depot was delayed some weeks.

Considering the size and nature of the operation, the number of typewriters lost or damaged beyond repair during the assault, or by subsequent enemy action, was surprisingly small.

The only printing unit in the theatre during the period under review was the mobile duplicating section attached to HQ Second Army.

It arrived on 2 July and started functioning at VAUX-SUR-SEULLES on 6 July when it produced the first issue of “Second Army Troops News” which was produced daily thereafter.

All other printing required by the force was produced in UK and all military publications, including the weekly 21 Army Group General Routine Orders, C-in-C’s messages of 6 and 10 June and 11 July etc., were distributed from UK.

 

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