S-4 Logistics

Task Force Baum had to carry rations and ammunition for 3 battle-days together with fuel for ca. 200 km distance (from Aschaffenburg to Hammelburg and back). The main problem for such an operation is the fuel, because the limit of the storage capacity in the vehicle fuel tanks. Additional Jerry Cans had to be carried with them.

Fuel calculation

To be on the save side, you have to carry extra fuel for bypasses or off-road driving etc. We calculate ca. 20 km (Captain Baum had to make similar calculations). This means, the vehicles must have fuel for round about 220 km.

Vehicle type: Vehicles:  Capacity: Range: Additional Fuel: Amount of fuel cans:

7

73 Ltr 400 km

X

X

1

87 Ltr 369 km

X

X

1

117 ltr 300 km

X

X

10

638 Ltr 193 km

890 Ltr

44

6

212 Ltr

96 km

1360 Ltr

52

28

228 Ltr

300 km

X

X

3

638 Ltr 193 km

280 Ltr

14

1

638 Ltr 193 km

89 Ltr

4

Total:

2619 Ltr 114

1 gallon is 3,758 Ltr

For the Hammelburg operation had to be carried about 114 extra Jerry Cans according to my calculation. Therefore 3 extra M3A1 Halftracks were used to carry the fuel and the supply.

Supply

Task Force Baum could not bring a field kitchen on the mission. The soldiers had to use combat rations. Four different sorts of ammunitions had to be transported for the tanks: 37 mm, 75 mm, 75 mm and 105 mm. For machine guns 2 different calibers: .30 cal and .50 cal.

Maintenance

Task Force Baum had M3 Tank Maintenance vehicle in A Company 10th Armored Infantry Battalion and the Maintenance section of C Company 37th Tank Battalion. It consisted of a M3 Tank Maintenance vehicle and a M32 Tank Recovery vehicle. But due to the high time pressure heavy damaged combat vehicles were not repaired, but disabled an left behind.

 

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