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olddog
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posted 7/30/2019 11:28:10 PM    Click here to view the profile for olddog  Click here to email olddog  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Im getting to where I want to paint the markings my M2A1 half-track and I want to honor the 12th Armored Division. Nothing final, but I think Im going with the 56 AIB and not sure which company yet. I have seen many photos of 12th AD half-tracks which have various symbols painted on their sides: Xs with different squares or dots around the "X" and a letter below, which I assume is the company? Some which look similar to an artillery shell with a letter or balls, some with a vertical bar with balls at various locations around it. What do all of these mean? Is there a list or key that shows whats what? Where can I get information on these? Before I decide which battalion or company to represent, Id like to know if one of these symbols is appropriate to it and if it is, include that symbol in the markings. Thanks for any info!
Jon


Bob Scherer
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posted 8/2/2019 9:40:43 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Jon,
I have the information on the markings, I just need some time to dig it out. I have the email you used in posting this and will send it to that email. I have some other irons in the fire so it will probably take a week. I'm assuming you're not going to start painting tomorrow, eh?
Bob Scherer

Bob Scherer
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posted 8/5/2019 4:03:43 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Jon,

The info should be in your email. Please let me know if you got it.

Thanks,
Bob

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/25/2019 8:39:34 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
http://www.lonesentry.com/panzer/jeep-markings.html

The website above will be a big help but this is not
the whole answer to your question. I am looking for
the symbols for the side of the vehicle that will state
what platoon in the company the vehicle belongs to.

There is system with filled circles and lines and
wide angle V symbols. I have seen it explained.
In need to find it.

Mike

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/25/2019 8:56:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_vehicle_markings_of_World_War_II#Tactical_signs

See this as well. Scoll down to this section:

Formation signs
Formation signs on plates 6 inches high and 9 inches wide, located front right and rear left, were standard until the end of 1941 when they were limited to staff cars and Jeeps in the Army. Most in the form of a shield and ribbon with a motto. [1]:56-60

Army Regulation AR-850-5 issued August 1942 set out a standard bumper code which came in four groupings.[4]


I am still looking for the V and bars with dots.