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Monrads, France 1944

Postby Andy H » 06 Jan 2008 18:14

In an article by Michael Whitby 'The Seaward Defence of the British Assault Area, 6-14 June 1944' in The Mariner's Mirror Vol80, No2 (May 1944) Pg191-207, he mentions the following:-
planners decided that shipborne radar would control the defence forces until three mobile naval radar stations (Monrads) were established ashore in France. As it was, seaward control proved so effective that it remained the primary method throughout Neptune
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Questions:-

What was the TOE or ORBAT for these Monrads?

Given the effectiveness of the shipborne radar control, when were these Monrads intially intended to be up and running and when actually were they established?

Where were they established?

Were the Monrads used anywhere else either in NW Europe or in the Italian campaign?

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Re: Monrads, France 1944

Postby Andy H » 16 Aug 2011 15:22

Hi

Well found an officer who was in charge of Monrad III all the way from Sword Beach, through Calais-Dunkirk-Ostend and this:-

1601 MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 1 (& MONWY 1 10.44) Etretat (Nr Dieppe) 10-11.44/Collingwood 12.44-02.45/disbanded 03.45 Dual Appointment Scotland 95

1602 *formed UK 05.44/Normandy 06.44/Ostend 11.44- 10.45*
MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 2 Tailleville 10-11.44/Blankenburg 12.44 – 09.45/COLLINGWOOD 10.45/not listed 11.45
Dual Appointment Scotland 95

1603 MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 3 (& MONWY 3 10.44) Dieppe 10.44/Ostend 11.44 – 01.45/Knocke sur mer 02.45/Coxyde Plage 03 – disbanded 22.09.45 Haroldswick, Lerwick 03.57 – 06.58/not listed 10.58

1604 MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 4 and MONWY 4 Jobourg 10.44 – 02.45/disbanded 03.45

1605 *OSBORNE 28.05.44/Mobile Radar Unit 5/Belgium 10.44/COLLINGWOOD 06.45*
MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 5 Antwerp 10.44/Blankenberg 10.44 – 01.45/Knocke sur mer 02- 05.45/COLLINGWOOD 06-09.45/disbanded 22.09.45

1688 *MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 7 at Cherbourg 19.08.44 – 02.45/at Singapore 28.08.45*
MOBILE NAVAL RADAR UNIT 7 Cherbourg 10.44/Cartaret Nr Cherbourg 10.44 – 02.45/COLLINGWOOD 25.02.45/disbanded 03.45

http://www.naval-history.net/xBW-RNNavalParties.htm

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Re: Monrads, France 1944

Postby Graham Clayton » 19 Aug 2011 06:03

Each MONRAD unit had the following elements:

10-ton Matador Truck
DUKW half-track
5 cwt staff car
four 3-ton trucks
two motorcycles
workshop

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/5412972 ... ffair.html

The Army quarterly and defence journal, Volume 123, West of England Press, 1993
"Air superiority is a condition for all operations, at sea, in land, and in the air." - Air Marshal Arthur Tedder.

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Re: Monrads, France 1944

Postby Andy H » 19 Aug 2011 11:13

Hi Graham

Thanks for the link.

The story was touching aswell as informative.

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