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Combination Formation -AOS

March 23 2012 at 6:05 PM
Al Bowie  (Login Albowie)
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Response to Significance of 52 and 91 on the plates

COmbinations of the Aos and Formations were common late in the Desert War and seen on 23 AB tanks and others.
The Aos corresponds to the unit or its position in the formation e.g in an Armd Regt the following numbers were used from 43 onwards in almost all Commonwealth Armoured Formations and they were usually on Red but the HQ frequently on Black
50 HQ Armd Regt
51 Senior Armd regt
52 2nd Senior Armd Regt
53 Junior Armd Regt

I don't have my ref handy for the 91 but i am sure someone will chime in

The Silver Fern on Black was the NZ Div (Formation) insignia and worn on most of their vehicles. Later in Italy you see the Aos seperate from the Formation badge and on opposite sides of the hull which was the text book application. Many units had unique layouts of these and Tactical Markings which makes them easier to identify formations etc.


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  1. Thank you - Grant Matsuoka on Mar 23, 2012, 10:17 PM

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