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#1 NebrPatch

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:00 PM

Some of the vehicles appearing in D-Day photos have a white arc, similar to the arc painted on 5th Engineer Special Brigade helmets, painted across the radiator grill.  Due to the similarity to the 5th ESB helmets, I'm assuming the arc was used to identify the vehicle as one belonging to the 5th ESB.  Is my assumption correct?  Here are a few other questions I have about the arc:

  • Was the arc required on all 5th ESB vehicles?
  • If the arc wasn't required, was there a certain unit(s) that painted arcs on the grills of their vehicles?

A photo from a copy of YANK magazine showing of a bulldozer with a arc painted on the is attached, some jeeps & trucks have similar paint schemes.  

 

Thanks,

Tom

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#2 GITom1944

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:31 AM

Tom - I don't have an answer for you but you may be on to something. I've had a great interest in D-Day for decades. I've pored over hundreds of photos over the years and I've never noticed these markings before. I did a quick search on Fold3 for info about the markings with no luck. You may want to post on a modeler's website http://missing-lynx.com/. There's a few U.S. armor modelers there who know just about all that is known about U.S. vehicle markings.

 

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#3 NebrPatch

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 06:53 PM

The modeler idea is a good one; the MODELING section of this forum is right below the MILITARY VEHICLES, maybe we'll catch one someone from that section.  

 

Below is a cropped D-Day photo from Fold3.  Notice the arc on the jeep's grill; it also appears that the guy behind the steering wheel has a 5th ESB arc on his helmet.

 

Fold3_Page_122_US_Army_US_Forces_European_Theater_Historical_Division_Records_19411946(1).jpg  


Edited by NebrPatch, 13 June 2018 - 06:54 PM.



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