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In Steve Zaloga's Concord book "D-Day Tank Warfare" he mentions the large red tank numbers with white trim that were characteristic of the 70th Tank Battalion in Normandy. I've looked through all my references to investigate this a bit further but have come up with nothing other than Steve's Concord books (which, by the way, are great!). My question is this: does the source for this information specify whether they held to this practice throughout the campaign or is this the kind of thing that might have been left off some of the replacement tanks as the campaign wore on due to their target value for enemy gunners (just like with the white stars)? I haven't been able to find any photos of 70th tanks after D-Day that show their numbers, and I searched this sight but didn't find an answer.
I want to build a C Company M4 during the fighting around Sainteny, France, on July 8, 1944 and would like the freedom to exclude these large numbers but I guess I can't if they were standard. I know I have to include the "Joe Peckerwood" cartoon, just wondered about those big red numbers.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.