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FM 18-5: Organization and Tactics of Tank Destroyer Units
Tank Destroyer Field Manual, War Department, June 16, 1942
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• 145. ORGANIZATION.—a. Medical service for the tank destroyer battalion is provided by a medical detachment. During active operations, this detachment is divided into company aid groups, the battalion aid station group, and the rear echelon group. One company aid man or technician should be assigned to each platoon of the tank destroyer companies and to each reconnaissance platoon of the reconnaissance company. One or two technicians should be assigned to the rear echelon. The remainder of the enlisted men remain with the battalion aid station. Usually all medical officers are with the battalion aid station; if three officers are available, one may remain with the rear echelon. (See FM 8-5.)

b. The medical detachment is equipped with its own motor transportation, driven and maintained (first echelon maintenance) by its own personnel. Second echelon maintenance, fuel, and lubricants are furnished by the tank destroyer battalion.

c. The detachment does not have a mess; its members are rationed with the companies of the battalion according to convenience.

d. Equipment and supplies for the battalions, except emergency medical, are procured in the usual manner through S-4.

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