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.