The Winter Line Stories

Real-life accounts of the unheralded heros of the Italian Campaign of WWII

The Repairmen

Ordnance Soldiers Work on a Vehicle Motor
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The Army Ordnance Corp was established as an official service division during the War of 1812 when the Secretary of War recognized “a need for distinct branch to manage the procurement, research and maintenance of Ordnance materiel.” This did not only identify the necessity of such a function, but also distinguished the Ordnance Corp as one of the oldest in the history of the U.S. Army. WWII Ordnance management continued to be a huge operation in charge of not just procuring and supplying weapons and ammunition in the right quantity to the right place at the right time, it also had to keep all the motorized vehicles including tanks, jeeps, earth moving equipment and troop trucks in proper working condition. The logistics of doing all this on a such a large scale were daunting.

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