Branch Symbols

Branch Symbols

By Christian Ankerstjerne

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 Unit Type
Infantry
Mountain
Motorcycle
Armor
Anti-tank (early)
Anti-tank (late)
Cavalry (early)
Cavalry (late)
Bicycle
Artillery
Anti-aircraft
Smoke

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