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 Post subject: Re: M.P. Insignia.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Great info. there fellas thanks for posting. So it sounds like that to begin with MP units were made up from station Hq personnel and then MP's were brought in whose trained speciality was as Militray Police. I wonder if the trained MP units were trained in the States and came over here in company strength or whether the companies were formed in the ETO. And secondly if a company has a strength of around 100 how many in a detachment? looking at Pauls list are we talking around 10 men per detachment?
I am enjoying this topic, again thanks fellas for taking the time to provide answers. What references are you using, I would quite like to read up on this some more, are there TM's or FM's for Aviation MP's?


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 Post subject: Re: M.P. Insignia.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:48 pm 
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Well, both the 980th and 985th were formed at Camp Ripley, MN, in July 1942, so presumably had the second half of that year for final training prior to arriving in the ETO at the start of 43.
Aviation MP companies were organised under TO&E 19-217, and normally were to consist of 4 officers and 97 enlisted men. (I'm afraid I no longer have a copy of this TO&E.)

My main references, and in this case Jeff's too, are the primary sources; Unit histories and other period records held at AFHRA, Maxwell AFB.

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 Post subject: Re: M.P. Insignia.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Bloody hell! now that's what I cann service, thanks again Paul for the info. and for the sources, I'll try and track down a copy of the TO&E. You must have one hell of a library! :o


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