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Basic Military Map Symbols


Symbols within a rectangle indicate a military unit, within a triangle an observation post, and within a circle a supply point.

Military Units- Identification

Antiaircraft Artillery

Antiaircraft Artillery

Armored Command

Armored Command

Army Air Forces

Army Air Forces

Artillery, except Antiaircraft and Coast Artillery

Artillery, except Antiaircraft and Coast Artillery

Cavalry, Horse

Cavalry, Horse

Cavalry, Mechanized

Cavalry, Mechanized

Chemical Warfare Service

Chemical Warfare Service

Coast Artillery

Coast Artillery

Engineers

Engineers

Infantry

Infantry

Medical Corps

Medical Corps

Ordnance Department

Ordnance Department

Quartermaster Corps

Quartermaster Corps

Signal Corps

Signal Corps

Tank Destroyer

Tank Destroyer

Transportation Corps

Transportation Corps

Veterinary Corps

Veterinary Corps

Airborne units are designated by combining a gull symbol with the arm or service symbol:

Airborne Artillery

Airborne Artillery

Airborne Infantry

Airborne Infantry

Size Symbols
The following symbols placed either in boundary lines or above the rectangle, triangle, or circle inclosing the identifying arm or service symbol indicate the size of military organization:

Squad

Squad

Section

Section

Platoon

Platoon

Company, troop, battery, Air Force flight

Company, troop, battery, Air Force flight

Battalion, cavalry squadron, or Air Force squadron

Battalion, cavalry squadron, or Air Force squadron

Regiment or group; combat team (with abbreviation CT following identifying numeral)

Regiment or group; combat team (with abbreviation CT following identifying

Brigade, Combat Command of Armored Division, or Air Force Wing

Brigade, Combat Command of Armored Division, or Air Force Wing

Division or Command of an Air Force

Division or Command of an Air Force

Corps or Air Force

Corps or Air Force

Army

Army

Group of Armies

Group of Armies

EXAMPLES
The letter or number to the left of the symbol indicates the unit designation; that to the right, the designation of the parent unit to which it belongs. Letters or numbers above or below boundary lines designate the units separated by the lines:

Company A, 137th Infantry

Company A, 137th Infantry

8th Field Artillery Battalion

8th Field Artillery Battalion

Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division

Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division  

Observation Post, 23d Infantry

Observation Post, 23d Infantry

Command Post, 5th Infantry Division

Command Post, 5th Infantry Division

Boundary between 137th and 138th Infantry

Boundary between 137th and 138th Infantry

Weapons

Machine gun

Machine gun

Gun

Gun

Gun battery

Gun battery

Howitzer or Mortar

.Howitzer or Mortar

Tank

Tank

Self-propelled gun

Self-propelled gun



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