Tank Battalion Maintenance Function
from War Department Field Manual
Battalion Motor Officer (S-4)
B. On the march, company maintenance sections follow their respective companies. The battalion maintenance platoon marches in the rear of the column, just ahead of the rear guard. It recovers and brings with it any disabled vehicle which is beyond the capabilities of the company maintenance section but within its own power to repair. If the damage is too great, the vehicle is turned over to the ordnance maintenance battalion.
C. IN COMBAT. Because of the great mobility and long range operations of armored elements, prior planning is necessary to insure efficient maintenance support for the combat troops.
1. In planning an operation consideration must be given to the location of the battalion service park. Whenever possible, it is located to permit the maintenance platoon to make rapid battlefield recovery to a centralized location. The locations of the operating establishment and proposed service parks are designated by the battalion commander and announced in battalion orders.
D. To insure maintenance support, second echelon maintenance and recovery plans must be coordinated with the plans of the third echelon maintenance, recovery, and evacuation.
1. Vehicles beyond the scope and facilities of second echelon maintenance are handled in the following order of preference:a. Recovered to the vehicle collecting point established by the ordnance maintenance battalion, the location of which is announced in division orders, and operated by the ordnance maintenance company (detachment) in support of the combat command.
B. The ordnance maintenance battalion evacuates those vehicles which the battalion maintenance platoon cannot readily repair. These vehicles are usually evacuated from the unit service park or collecting point, but in emergencies may be picked up farther forward if the battalion maintenance elements are unable to recover them.
C. Continuous liason between the ordnance maintenance battalion and the tank battalion maintenance platoon is necessary. This is accomplished through the liason parties sent out by the former, and through efforts of the tank battalion motor officer.