I don't think these Divisions (35th and 80th) waited for any approval. I believe the "TAC marks" were used to mark unit gear during the war. I agree with you and would also like to see photo evidence of the 80th using unit marks during the war.
Hopefully someone will find some pics.
Well if thee patch for the 80th was only appoved on the 20th of October and thy're wearing it before hand, that means it was a divisional sign, but haven;t seen that yet, the 33rd Division's patch started off as an Illinois Militia/National Guard sign before the Great War, but still haven't seen it wore pre armistice in France..
The one that always had me curious was the 81st Division, these guys apparently had thee very first shoulder patch right, we're all familiar with this story, Hoboken New Jersey etc etc, would love to see photos of that worn pre armistice.
Edited by patches, 15 January 2020 - 07:04 PM.