(Im new to posting having followed and got lots out of ML thanks to all). Ive got a couple of requests for help on US combat vehicle markings:
1. Bumper codes/tactical markings various source follow e.g.http://www.lonesentry.com/panzer/jeep-markings.html
, or Terence Wises WW2 Military Vehicle markings (p. 60-2) for bumper codes and give examples and ways of deriving the included vehicle numbers e.g. for the last two character groups A 12 would be the twelfth vehicle in A company; however Ive seen it mentioned that the 12 is a structured numbers, representing the second vehicle of the first platoon of A company. Wises D-Day to Berlin tends to support this, saying (p32) ... assigned a number in the sequence in which that vehicle would normally appear in the order of march. Thus ... 11 20 to vehicles of first platoon, 21-30 to second platoon .... Below this para there is a photo of an M10 that notes the C 32 visible is a local tactical sign.
Question: is the last bumper code groups structured in this way, and does it then become/is the same as the larger tactical codes carried by many US tanks?
2. Can anyone help me with more detail on 4th US Armored div tactical signs? I know they were not recorded at the time for security reasons which complicates things, but somewhere I recall seeing that the 4th AD, or maybe just the 8th tank Bn, used a system of vertical white stripes/dashes, as used for the 8th Tank Bn M4 Sherman Paris 1944 in Steve Zalogas book on modelling the M4 Sherman. Similarly there are transfers in a Dragon 105mm VVSS showing three white dasheshttp://www.172shermans.com/kitreviews/Dragon/M4A3_105prev.htm
. Notes to this other sethttp://www.172shermans.com/kitreviews/Trumpeter/M4-Midprev.htm
mention three dashes as the 3rd platoon markings.
Question: Assuming these stripes represent the platoon inside a company, what are the combinations for the 1,2, 4, and 5 platoons, and and was it just the 8th Bn who used them?