storing, accounting and issue of the many types of fuel and oil by the Royal Army Service Corps.
Among other things it will be noted that the integration between the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in particular had to be of the very closest to ensure that the various types of plant-bulldozers, cranes, concrete mixers and generators to mention but a few-were maintained at the high rate of serviceability essential if the airfield, camp and road construction schedules were to be maintained.
Another heavy commitment undertaken by the Army was the feeding of the entire Island Garrison. This, at its peak, entailed cooking for 1,700 in the men's messes and a further 300 in each of the Officers' and Sergeants' messes. In addition a considerable amount of specialist and out of hours cooking was required for aircrew and shift workers.
Lastly the Army was responsible for the provision and supervision of welfare facilities for the Island Garrison. What was done in this respect can be gleaned from a later chapter.
When considering the Army's part in the Operation as a whole it must be kept in mind throughout that one of the most difficult aspects was that it has been undertaken at such a distance from England and in such a normally inaccessible area. The supply of any item of equipment or spares not included in the original provision has presented a very real problem-due to the fact that once the force had been established on the island no further regular supply line existed.