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Fingerspitzengefuhl19 Oct 2019 12:10 p.m. PST

I've seen a number of half track models with a large tactical number on the side of the vehicle. This is normally a Letter followed by two digits e.g. B 22.

I assume this is a company Letter followed by some sort of individual vehicle designation?

Can anyone shine a light and possibly give example units?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2019 2:14 p.m. PST

Don't know about WW2 but in "Cold War" US Army a tactical number such as this would be the 2nd vehicle in the 2nd platoon of B Company.


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2019 4:16 p.m. PST

Could also be the 22nd vehicle in a company too, I guess, but CC is probably more spot on.

Various armies tracked and numbered their vehicles in a variety of ways.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2019 7:00 a.m. PST

Let me try again :)

These large letters and numbers appear on tank turret sides and side hulls of other vehicles like the M8 HMC as well. I have a picture of "Derby" with "D-32" on turret side. It is described as belong to D company (note vehicle name starts with company letter), 3rd platoon, 2nd vehicle. I also have one of "Elowee" with "E-1" which is the company commanders vehicle. So would seem Col Campbell may have it. It does say these numbers were "locally applied" so may have variations. For example I have a picture of an M8 HMC with "3-7" obviously hand painted on the side of the hull.

Thresher isnt too far from wrong either. US vehicles carried bumper codes which would indicate at least division all the way down to individual vehicle number. For company on down a letter was used and then a number. The letter indicated the company while the number indicated the units place in order of march. 1-10 was assigned to headquarters vehicles, 11-20 to 1st platoon, 21-30 to second and on. So in the case of B-22 if it was on the bumper would be B company, second platoon, 22nd vehicle. Is it possible the unit replicated that on the side? Without knowing more it is possible. But it can also be B company, 2nd platoon, 2nd vehicle. Just depends on the units practice.

Should have noted both Derby and Elowee are Sherman tanks assigned to the 2nd Armored Division, sorry.

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