Branch symbols were used to indicate both generic unit branches and units of that type. Where applicable, the branch symbol was usually identical to weapon type symbol. A company was indicated by making the left-most vertical or diagonal line in the symbol wider. If more than one company was present, such as in a tank battalion, the company symbols were placed next to each other, with only the first company's left-most line being emphasized.

Generic Branch Symbols

Tactical Symbol German Designation Unit Type
Infantrie Infantry
Gebirgstruppe Mountain troops
Kraftradschützen Motorcycle infantry
Panzer Armor
Panzerjäger Anti-tank (early)
Panzerjäger Anti-tank (late)
Kavallerie und Aufklärungstruppen Cavalry and reconnaissance units (early)
Kavallerie und Aufklärungstruppen Cavalry and reconnaissance units (late)
Kavallerie Cavalry (late)
Radfahreinheiten Bicycle units
Artillerie Artillery
Fla- und Flak-Einheiten Anti-aircraft
Nebeltruppe Rocket artillery
Vermessungstruppe Measuring troops
Pioniere Engineers
Eisenbahnpioniere Railroad engineers
Festungspioniere Fortification engineers

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