War Diaries Talk

Park vs Column

  • Stork by Stork

    The diary I'm tagging alternates between the 4th Divl Ammunition Park and the 4th Divl Ammunition Column. What's the difference between a Park and a Column?


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    An Ammunition Column consists of dedicated military vehicles carrying artillery and small arms ammunition for the combatant unit to which the column belongs. I presume the ammunition was stored in the Ammunition Park, where it could be stored and collected.


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    An ammunition park was an Army Service Corps unit that worked with its designated division as a supply depot for ammunition. An ammunition column was also an ASC unit responsible for the distribution of the ammunition to the artillery brigades.

    There's a bit of information here http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-army-service-corps-in-the-first-world-war/ under the heading of Mechanical Transport and also some in this thread from the Invision Zone http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/topic/156438-division-ammunition-column-1916-1918/

    Sorry this took a while to answer. I have a new day job that hugely interferes with my usual OWD activity.