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FM 21-30
WAR DEPARTMENT

BASIC FIELD MANUAL


CONVENTIONAL SIGNS, MILITARY
SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

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FM 21-30
BASIC FIELD MANUAL

CONVENTIONAL SIGNS,
MILITARY SYMBOLS, AND
ABBREVIATIONS

Prepared under direction of the


Chief of Engineers

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1941

For Mle by the Superintendent of Documents. Washington, D. C.

WAR DEPARTMENT,
WASHINGTON, November 26, 1941.
PM 21-30, Basic Field Manual, Conventional Signs, Military
Symbols, and Abbreviations, is published for the information
and guidance of all concerned.
[A. G. 062.11 (7-7-41).]
BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OP WAR:

G. C. MARSHALL,

Chief of Staff.
OFFICIAL :
E. S. ADAMS,
Major General,
The Adjutant General.
DISTRIBUTION:
B and H (5); R (10); Bn (5), 1 (10); C (10).
(For explanation of symbols see FM 21-6.)

TABLE OP CONTENTS

SECTION I. General.
Paragraph
Page
Purpose..._.....
1
1
Scope.. ------ .
2
1
II. General topographic symbols.
Characteristics__-.-.
3
1
List____________________
4
2
III. Symbols for air navigation maps.
Characteristics__-...
5
18
List____________________
6
18
IV. Military symbols.
General rules..... -7
20
List of basic symbols
8
22
Application of special symbols.-_9
33
V. General abbreviations.
General use.___... ....
10
44
Use with hydrographic symbols. _
11
45
VI. Military abbreviations.
List____________________
12
47
Examples....-----
13
61
APPENDIX. List of references_-----_________...
64
INDEX .. ... ......
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FM 21-50
BASIC FIELD MANUAL
CONVENTIONAL SIGNS. MILITARY SYMBOLS, AND
ABBREVIATIONS
This manual supersedes FM 21-30, August 1, 1939, and Training
Circular No. 48, War Department, 1941.

SECTION I
GENERAL
1. PURPOSE.This manual is intended to supply the in
formation required by the map reader. Persons engaged in
the preparation of maps should be guided by AB 300-15,
TM 5-230, and by Bulletin 788, Topographical Instructions
of the United States Geological Survey.
2. SCOPE.This manual shows in convenient form the
abbreviations and general symbols which have been author
ized for military use. The general topographical symbols in
section II, the symbols intended for air navigation maps
only in section III, and the general abbreviations in section
V have been approved by the Federal Board of Maps and
Surveys and are prescribed for use on all United States maps.
Symbols of a purely military nature prescribed by the War
Department are given in section IV and special abbreviations
authorized for military use, in section VI. Symbols other
than those herein authorized may be used, provided they do
not conflict with any authorized symbols and are explained
in a suitable legend on the map.
SECTION II
GENERAL TOPOGRAPHIC SYMBOLS
3. CHARACTERISTICS.a. Size.In general, symbols resemble
the objects which they represent. The symbols vary in size
with the scale of the map. On small-scale maps, symbols
are reduced to their most elementary form and do not con
form to scale. As the scale is increased, the symbols assume
the shape and scaled size of the object represented.
b. Color.The symbols are shown in appropriate color for
a four-color map. When less than four colors are used, the
symbols shown in paragraph 4 in the colors not used will
be executed in black ink.
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c. Lettering.VERTICAL ROMAN type indicates civil di


visions, SLANT ROMAN type (or italic) indicates natural
water features, VERTICAL GOTHIC type indicates natural
land features, and SLANT GOTHIC type indicates works
of man. Lettering, either mechanical or freehand on mili
tary maps hastily prepared, may vary considerably from
these types. Likewise, marginal data as indicated in para
graph 4c will not be nearly as complete on military sketches.
4. LIST.a. Works and structures.
Canal, ditch, or open aqueduct-.__J

Canal, abandoned _______


Buried aqueduct or water pipe.
Aqueduct or canal in tunnel
Canal lock (point upstream)_________.__--_--- -L
Canal lock (large scale) ____________________
Good motor____________ =====
Poor motor or private_______ ===============
On small-scale maps__ _________
Routes usually traveled are further classified by red
overprinting as follows:
Hard impervious surfaces.

or
Roads other surface improvements_.
or

U. S. Route

State Route

(Date of road information shown in margin on


tactical maps.)

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Good pack trail______________ _________.


Poor pack trail or footpath________ .........................
Railroad of any kind, small-scaled
maps._____ I
Railroad single track, large-scale ( H ''''''''' *"
maps_J
Double track____ >. i i i i i i i i i i i i
Railroads Juxtaposition of_________ i.i.i.i.i.i.iiv.i.i.nv
Narrow gage______ ..
Abandoned ____..._-___--..

>_+ ^ ^-^ i-n-t +-t

Electric, passenger only___.


In road or street________ ??','-?,?9
Railroad, crossing________________
(gradeRR aboveRR beneath)
Tunnel (railroad or road) ___ , , , , ^......( , , , ,
Railroad station of any kind______. , , , , , , m , , , , , ,
On ground or poles--

T TTTTTTTT

Telegraph and telephone lines


' Underground..-.

T_T_T_T_T_,_T_T_T

Submarine-.

__________

Electric power transmission line. __....._

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

General symbol.
Capacity in tons indicated by fig
ures.__

M-fl-

Arrow denotes direction of flow _----] J

Drawbridges (on large-scale]


charts leave channel open)]
Bridges Truss (W, wood; S, steel;
G, girder; C, concrete)
Foot.
Suspension.
Arch.

|* *

Ponton.
Ferries.

General symbol (for vehicles)__.


Fords EquestrianPedestrian__ _.
Dam_-________
Dam with lock-__.
Breakwater and jetty..___
Levee (standard symbol).

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Levee (optional for War Department)._ ::H>n:ti


Revetment (optional for War Department)
Retards and dikes ____________
River gage
Wharves and docks
Buildings in general____________.,

Ruins.
Cliff dwellings.
ChurchChurch (optional symbol for nautical charts) *
Hospital___________________________O
Schoolhouse ________________________ f -
Temple, pagoda____________ x *
Windmill______________.____________
Port_______________________________X

. Sample combination showing city, town,


or village-___-___________.

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City, town, or village (generalized)


Capital___.__ @
City, town, or village (small-scale maps). County seat-
Other towns___

Cemetery_____________... [f^fj or._it]


Mine or quarry of any kind (or open cut).________

Prospect_____..__--______________.___

Shaft________________________________ B
[Opening_______ A
Mine tunnel j
[Showing direction.-_____ ^_
Oil or gas wells_______________________

Oooo 0

Tanks-...,........___..__.___._. .;;.
Coke ovens__________________________
/Pence of any kind (or board fence) _
Stone.__..______.._____________
Fences < Worm____._____________________
Wire__..
Hedge___.____________.

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

b. Boundaries, marks, and monuments.


National, State, or Province line__ __
County line._.
Civil township, district, precinct, or barrio. __
Reservation line_________.
Land-grant line__.
City, village, or borough__.
*
Cemetery, small park, etc.
U. S. township, section, and quarter- (
section lines (any one for township]
line alone, any two for township and]----section lines)
\_
Located U. S. township and section corners._ _{..
i
Boundary monument_______. ___B_ _
Triangulation point or primary traverse station_ A
Permanent bench mark (and elevation) _______ BXM

1232

Precise bench mark________ P JJ M


1232

Intermediate bench mark (and elevation)_ x 1232


U. S. mineral monument________________

Observation spot (astronomic position)___________

Any located station or object (with explanatory note) __

c. Marginal information.Where practicable the following


data are shown in the margins of all maps, photomaps, or
aerial photographs, and usually in the places indicated by
the encircled figures. On military maps, overlays, and field
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sketches only the essentials of character, orientation, time,


source,, and scale are shown, and then not necessarily in the
margins. For detailed information on aerial photographs
see FM 30-21.

y/2.
3.
_.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
UV.
15.

Descriptive title, name, and location.


file or index number.
Representative fraction and/or graphic scale.
Meridian and grid orientation.
Particular legend.
Contour interval.
Maker and source of material.
Projection used.
Horizontal datum.
Vertical datun.
Control used.
Zones of military grid.
Designations of geographic grid.
Designations of nUitary "grid.
Names and index of adjoining sheets.

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d. Drainage.
Streams in general
Intermittent streamsProbable drainage, unsurveyed__
Lake or pond in general____________________
(with or without tint, waterlining, etc.)
Salt pond (broken shore line if intermittent) _
Intermittent lake or pond___________.

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SIOHS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

SpringWells and water tanksPalls and rapids_______

Contours (or as below).


Glaciers
Form lines showing flow.

e. Relief (shown by contours, form lines, hachures, or shad


ing as desired).

Contours (blue if under water).

Contours (approximate only).

Form lines (no definite interval).

Hachures.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Depression contours.
CutsPills________.
Mine dump (ore).
Tailings__.

Rocky (or use contours).


Bluffs,
Other than rocky (or use contours)

Sand and sand dunes For planimetric maps:


Ridge lineRim rock or escarpment.. ;/m<lf
Washes__...._/. Land, classification.
Overflowed land-_~_

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Marsh in general (interior salt marshes


and coastal fresh marshes are to be in
dicated as such).

Cypress swamp.__'____.

Woodland (or as shown below) __.

Woodland (or broadleaved trees).

Dense woods or jungle growth-_

Pine (or narrowleaved trees) ____

Palm________________

Palmetto___________.

Mangrove_____-.

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CORPS OF KNGINRRS

Bamboo.

C?.CtUS-

Banana.

Orchard-

Grassland in general.

Tall tropical grass-

Cultivated fields in general-

Cotton.

i.j, -U-UJ. J; 1

tU.i~a-U.i-

Rice.

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J . I ) \ i ;

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Sugar cane_

Corn

s'. Hydrography, dangers, and obstructions.

(Surveyed---.-Shorelines]
[Unsurveyed___________.

In general-

Land

Rocky ledges
Shores (high and low
water lines and areas
between)

Coral reefsLand

>-..

Gravel and rocks

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Land

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

MudShores (highland low


water lines and areas <
between)Con.

Tidal flats.
Kelp or eel grass.
Ice limits (ice packs or barriers)
Bock under water._ +
Rock awash (at any stage of the tide) *
Breakers along shore.._.--~\CL-^^~~-~Fishing stakes.___________________ m..........!.,.
;.....-.

Fish weir.. .-""" Li


Overfalls and tide rips_ SS'^JL^JS
Limiting danger line...__
Whirlpools and eddies (jjj\

(g)

Wreck (any portion of the hull or superstructure above


low water) __________

-_

Sunken wreck (dangerous to surface navigation)__ ;g?

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Sunken wreck (not dangerous to surface navigation nor


those over which the depth exceeds 10 fathoms) ______
Submarine cable______________
Current, not tidal, velocity 2 knotsSpecial usage)_____
'Flood, iy_ knots
Tidal currents

Ebb, 1 knot.
Flood, second hourEbb, third hour__________

No bottom at 50 fathoms_______________ fo
Depth curves:
1-fath'om or 6-foot line________.
2-fathom or 12-foot line-____.
3-fathom or 18-foot line_____..
4-fathom line____.
5-fathom line___________.
6-fathom line..______.____
10-fathom line_____
20-fathom line__________.
30-fathom line._____________.
40-fathom line_____________.
50-fathom line.___________
100-fathom line____________.

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................ /^^/a^
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...... ............... ..... .....
- _._._._._._._._._._._
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_..._..._..._..._..._..._....
._...._...._...._..._...._.
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h. Aids to navigation, etc.


Life-saving station (in general).-________^ L.S.S
Life-saving station (Coast Guard)__________-.+ c.a. IBS
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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Lighthouse__--.
Lighthouse on small-scale chart
(light sectors shown by dotted lines)
Light vessels showing number of mast lights 4* 4t
Radio station_________________________ R -S-Q
Radio direction-finder station (radio compass station) RQ.O
Radio tower_____..__.________..._... R.T.O
Radio beacon____....______________.___ R.Bn.O
Water gage-,._.__________

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Lighted_____________. *
Beacons (sectors shown by
dotted lines)
Not lighted (sample of _. 11111
distinctive top marks)

Buoy of any kind (or red buoy) __.___. ?


Black ____.______________._____. f
Striped horizontally (in general) __________ 0
Striped horizontally (red and black)_______. ^

Striped vertically__________________ $
Checkered._________________. $
Buoys,

Perch and square._____________


Perch and ball__-__________. .
Whistling (or use first six symbols with _ , .JST^S**,,
word "whistling") ___________ ? .-o ,<>/.
Bell (or use first six symbols with word "bell") ___.___.__________ .
Lighted____________________.
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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

(Of any kind (or for large vessel).._Anchorage <


[ For small vesselsMooring-______--__.
Range or bearing line..__
Track line__________
Drydock____________
Floating drydock_______.
Patent slip__________________________.
Leader cable..._____.______________ =========

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5-6

SECTION III
SYMBOLS FOR AIR NAVIGATION MAPS

5. CHARACTERISTICS.The conventional signs for use on air


navigation maps differ from those used on topographic maps
as follows:
a. The features on the ground which are easily discernible
from high altitudes are the ones which are emphasized on the
air navigation map and the other features are subordinated or
entirely omitted. In this way the aviator is provided with a
map showing landmarks visible from the air, permitting him
to direct his flight by these landmarks.
b. All symbols adopted are larger and more striking to the
eye so that the aviator may easily read his map under difficult
conditions.
(Symbols usually reproduced in Red)

B 6. LIST.

Army, Navy, or Marine Corps field_________________


Commercial or municipal field __ _______
Department of Commerce intermediate field.
Marked auxiliary field ___________________

Airplane landing field, marked or emergency _ .'


(where not shown in plan nor by symbol indicating
characteristics)
Mooring mast ___ .. __ _______ __ _
Night lighting facilities ____________________ LF
Seaplane base with ramp, beach, and handling facilities_\
Anchorage with refueling and usual harbor facilities __ Jt
Protected anchorage with limited facilities _________ t.
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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Airway light beacon. _ ___ _ ___


(arrows indicate course lights)
Auxiliary airway light beacon, flashing
Airport light beacon with code light ______ _____
(within airport symbol)
Airport light beacon without code light
(within airport symbol)
Landmark light beacon with bearing projector _____
(arrow indicates fixed beam pointing to airport)
Landmark light beacon without bearing projector ____ .
Radio station with call letters and frequency Y " RS (wur IMO)
Radio direction-finder station with call letters and
frequency (radio-compass station). o BCINOW 30101
Radio beacon with call letters Q RBn(wRO)
Radio range beacon Q RRBr,

[Single track _____ .___ . iI


Railroads< Two or more tracks . HI
[Electric- . Hii
Prohibited area.-______.
Prominent transmission line.
High explosive area

fMarked.
I Unmarked- __ - __________ &

Highway, prominent_____
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Road or trail, prominence uncertain_____


Oil well derrick____________
Obstruction_________________ 257
(numerals indicate height above ground in feet)
Prominent elevation-_________
(numerals indicate height in feet)
GRADIENT OF ELEVATIONS
MAXIMUM

9000

7000

3000

6000

2000

1000

0 FEET

SECTION IV
MILITARY SYMBOLS
7. GENERAL RULES.a. Color.When colors are used, mili
tary symbols representing objects in territory occupied or
controlled by our forces are shown in blue, and those in ter
ritory occupied or controlled by the enemy are shown in red.
The only exceptions are the following:
(1) Symbols for areas to be covered by friendly fire or gas,
although generally located in enemy territory, are executed
in blue.
(2) Symbols for gassed areas, wherever located, are always
executed in red.
b. Unit designations.The positions of various letters,
numbers, or abbreviations designating definite units with
respect to the symbol representing the type of unit are as
follows:
(1) Serial numbers of armies and corps are placed within
the symbol for troop units when considered collectively.
Army is shown by number spelled out. Corps is shown by
roman numerals. Serial numbers of divisions, brigades, regi
ments, separate battalions, separate companies, or similar
separate units are placed on the right, using arable numerals.
When separate units are designated in this manner, the
number of the unit will be followed by an abbreviated ex
planation showing the size of the unit thus designated.
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(2) Numbers designating battalions in a regiment are


shown on the left, using arable numerals.
(3) Letters designating companies, troops, or batteries are
in capitals and are shown on the left. Companies, troops,
batteries or platoons (not separate), and other elements of a
unit which are designated by name instead of by letter (for
example, "Antitank Company" or "Headquarters and Service
Troop"), are designated by the use of the proper abbreviation
on the left.
(4) Abbreviations for explanatory purposes are shown on
the right (see sec. VI). Abbreviations are used instead of
symbols to show information that cannot be indicated by a
single symbol.
(5) Calibers are shown by numbers and unit of measure, as
37-mm, 155-mm, 12-in., .50-in. and are usually placed under
the symbol. Often the unit of measure is omitted.
(6) In order to clarify the use of the various symbols and
to insure uniformity, the following diagrams are inserted as
a guide:
Symbol indicating
size
(a) Smaller unit

Basic symbol

Superior unit

Example: 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry.______


Symbol indicating
size
(b) Company,
troop,
battery.
flight

Symbol of arm or
service
_____
Weapon

Division,
brigade,
regiment,
separate
battalion,
separate
company.

Example: Battery E, 62d Coast Artillery, Antiair


craft, Machine Gun...

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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Symbol indicating
size
(c)

Army or corps

Example: Second Army 8. LIST OP BASIC SYMBOLS.a. To indicate purpose or


character of activity.
Military post or station; command post or
ri
headquarters ____ _
[
(lower end of staff terminates at location
of establishment represented)
Troop unit.. _____ .. _ __. -.
(On large-scale maps where troop units
can be shown to scale, this symbol
may be modified as follows so as to
show area occupied by units in column
or line and direction in which they
are facing:

Line
Airdrome
Airship hangar__ ___ - _
Airship mooring mast _ -Airport (landing field) Airport (landing field advanced) __ __ .

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Autogiro __ _ ______ _ _ _ .

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Ammunition _ _ ___ _ __ . _______ .

Arsenal __ ___ _ ________ ___

|^\

Arsenal (gas generating) .. _____ _ .


Balloon, ascension point___.__
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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Balloon bed-_
Balloon barrage ascension point-.
Barrage.____---__ Blue |i59-mm HOW]
(size indicating the extent, and notation
indicating type)
Demolitions----_-____------- -.
Depot (supply point).-__ (Temporary depot in combat zone).
Debarkation or embarkation pointDugout:
Isolated- --_
In trench system___--_--_-___--__-.
g G . fF

Gas-proof_ _
Entanglement:
Wire_____________________Concealed______________-__
Gas:
Area to be avoided_____--------

"<(

Area blanketed by smoke (time effective) _.


Area probably affected by gas cylinder
cloud____-___--.
Area to be gassed, nonpersistent. Blue
General hospital._______________

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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Laboratory, experimental station, or proving


ground______...____________
Leader gear_______________.
(An energized cable which may be pro
vided to aid the safe pilotage of vessels
through free passages in mine fields.
Symbol is used on chart to show exact
location.)
Message center______________
Mines:
Individual (layout shown if practicable
or area included) ________----Chemical land mine__ _______
Contact mines___-_____________
(This symbol is used to indicate the
actual number of mines and their
locations. The arabic figures indi
cate the contemplated number of
mines in each line.)
Controlled mines______________
(This symbol Indicates one 19-mine
group, and a separate symbol is
used for each group. As it ap
pears here, the upper edge of this
page is assumed to be seaward;
and on charts the symbols should
be correspondingly placed. The
length of a mine group being 1800
feet, the symbol is drawn to scale.
Its position represents the contem
plated disposition of the mine
group.)
Mobilization point or area (capacity in
figures)

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Msg

9 or V7'5'
V

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Net:
Torpedo net (with gate) _______________
Antisubmarine net (with gate) __________
Obstacle:
Individual _________________

Road block _

^^

Bridge out ________________ .

^<

Post:
Observation- ___________ .

/\

Fixed underwater listening. ______ _.

(IT)

Visual signal-- __ _____ __ _--

OC

Point, any located (suitable description) .

Point, distributing:
For class I supplies.- __________ . (3)dp
Ammunition _____ __ . 'Jl,1 dp
Artillery ammunition __ _ __ ...

U-Jdp

Small-arms ammunition ________ .

(I,1 dp

Water___ _ . ___ _ _____________ . (w) dp


Prisoners of war __ ___

PVI

Procurement district, headquarters _____ _ ___ .

Railway center.
Railhead ___________________________ . (_) r

Reception center.
Replacement training center
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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

School, commonly used


Found occasionally on old maps

(f)

nsH Dseh

Supply. (See Depot.)


Ammunition, all classes

||

Ammunition, artillery. . [
Ammunition, small arms
Class I ____
Gas and oil _
Water ____ _ __..
Trains (supply, motor) :

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Animal-drawn ____________________ . ^} Anl

Railway
Searchlight
Sound locator.
Signal:
Radio station _ .... _ . . ______ .

""J" or RSO

Direction-finder station (radio com


pass)

Rco or "

Intercept station... _ .. _____ _


Switching central _ . __________
Switching central (located at command
post) ___________________
or cable terminal. _ _ _
Test station

Wire on ground. . .
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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Traffic:
One-wayTwo-wayTank:
Barrier...
Trap.
Trench for one squad- .____
(For each additional squad add one
traverse.)
Weather station.
b. To indicate arm or service or its activity.These symbols
are placed within the symbols shown in a above when appro
priate, except when otherwise noted.
Air Corps
Airship
Balloon

Balloon (motorized)
Armored Force- _ __ _ -_ C J
(When used with arm or service symbol, indicates
mechanized unit.)
Artillery
Cavalry:
Horse
Horse and mechanized
Mechanized __
Chemical Warfare Service.

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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Coast Artillery:
Antiaircraft.
Harbor Defense HD
Railway __ _ --- _ _ -- Ry
Tractor-drawn _ _.. ________ -CAi55-mm
Engineers ... _ ._ E
Infantry __ ____ .. ____ ________

Motorized _____________________

X Mtz

Parachute _____ _______________ X Prcht


Medical Corps.... ____________ _

_|

Military Police __ __ .. ___________ __ .

MP

Ordnance Department. ___ ___ ________ ...

Quartermaster Corps..... _ _ __ ..

Bakery... _ ______ __________ . ___

JX

Class I supplies.- __________ ___ __.

Gasoline and oil only _______________

*f

Remount Service _________________ .

Signal Corps. _____ ______________

Signal Corps (aviation) ________________ ._

<=^f=>

Tank Destroyer.. ____________ ________ .

TD

Transportation Service ________________ .

Veterinary Corps. ____________________ .

c. To indicate size of unit. These symbols are placed above


the symbols shown in a above, or are used for indicating
boundaries as shown in d below.

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, ADD ABBREVIATIONS

Squad_____ ______ __ - ____________


Section. _____ __ _ ____________
Platoon _________________________________________
Company, troop, battery, or Air Corps flight- ___ _

Battalion, cavalry squadron, or Air Corps squadron. .

11

Regiment or group

Hi

Brigade or Air Corps wing

Division or air force

xx

Corps _

xxx

Army

xxxx

Corps area, department, or section of communica


tions zone _ _______ _ __ ___ _____

ooo

Communications zone _ __ _

oooo

General Headquarters _ ____ __ _ ____

GHQ

Air Force Combat Command __ _ ________ _ <=<=>CC


Soldier _

Automatic rifleman __ *. _ _

Assistant leader, or second in command.

Leader _ _

Squad leader

d. To indicate boundaries and lines.


Bombardment aviation, light (limit of ra
dius of action) oo>ombU)OHQ reconnaissance aviation (limit of zone
of reconnaissance) ___ _______ ____ .
Observation aviation (limit of zone of recon
naissance) :
Rear limit, army aviation.- ____ _ **>2< obtn
Rear limit, corps aviation
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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Air force reconnaissance aviation (limit of


zone of reconnaissance)
Pursuit aviation (limit of radius of action).

_ oopur _

Squad. _ _- _ ._-.- -_

Section _ - ..

..

Platoon ___ _ ____


Company or similar unit .

...

Battalion or similar unit...

Regiment or similar unit. _ .

in

Brigade ______ __. __ -_.

Division _____________ _ .

xx

Corps --

xxx

Army, .

xxxx

Corps area, department, or section of com


munications zone _ ___ .- ____ .

ooo

Communications zone _____ _ ___ __ .

oooo

Rear boundary of theater of operations- _


Front line __ ____ ___ _ .

GHQ
////> ni r

Limit of wheeled traffic by day __ ____ .

Ov

Limit of wheeled trafllc by night ______ .

^7

Line beyond which lights on vehicles are


prohibited __ _ .. ___ ___ _ _ _ _.

\j\

Outpost line __________________ _.


Main line of resistance ___ ________
Regimental reserve line. _ __ - _____

RR_

Limiting point. ___ ___________________


Line of communication.. __________ .
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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Line of departure-___________.__-_ LD
Straggler line-.--___________- ["p"]
Prisoner of War Inclosure, IV Corps_______

p'w'n

e. Weapons.
Automatic rifle.__---------___..___.._ ___^
(Dotted when emplacement is not occupied,
thus) _____ ______-___-______ ---*.
Machine gun_________-_._______-_. .
(Arrow points in principal direction of flre.
When used alone it indicates machine gun,
water-cooled, cal. .30.)
(Machine-gun symbol under symbol of unit of
any arm indicates machine-gun unit of that
arm.)
Antiaircraft ____________._ AA
Antitank gun (specify caliber) ______

* J^

Antitank gun In position, showing principal di- 75


rection of fire (indicate caliber by numeral) __ AT *
Antitank gun emplacement with principal di- 37
rection of fire._--------------._ *~AT~*"
Caliber .50 _________.______-_ , -5C
Light __---------_____---___--.
,*
Machine gun (single gun) _ .-_.__--_- ^^j^,
(Arrows indicate sectors of flre; shaded portion
shows danger space when flre is placed on
final protective line.)
Machine-gun section (two guns)-____---_-___ -^. ,

31

Gun
Gun batteryHowitzer or
mortar.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

. . *

or
Howitzer or
mortar battery. .^^
4.2-in. chemical
mortar-.- . 4.42 cm, ]

tH

Open when em
placement is
' unoccupied,
thus'

6-

or
4- -u
-<i-4.80itii

Livens projector..

re

|"-P

Mines, chemical land (individual) ^

f. Special symbols for use in hasty sketches and on oper


ations maps.
Area occupied by a unit (2d Battalion, 3d Field
(2-lJ3
Artillery)
Area occupied by corps troops (III Corps).
Brush__.-.._-..
Cultivated land
Stream
Woods
g. Roads.Suggested road classification is shown below.
This classification will not apply in all cases. When addi
tional types are indicated suitable identification should be
made by improvised notation or legend.
Hard surface-____.
Graded and improvedGraded, not improved-

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8-9

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Poor road.
Trail.
9. APPLICATION OF SPECIAL SYMBOLS.The following ex
amples show the use of special symbols as applied to various
military organizations and activities. These examples are
intended to illustrate the method of combining basic symbols
and abbreviations in order to show the desired information.
These are only a few of the possible combinations. Many
are more complete than necessary. Often the number of a
unit, to those familiar with it, will indicate its activity.
a. Air Corps.
3d Air Force_________________701st Air Base Group____________

\\ 701 AB

901st Transport Squadron.__.__--

p^| 901 T

7th Observation Squadron..--.---..-.

[^^| ^ otlfl

88th Reconnaissance Squadron______

^ojsBRcn

101st Balloon Squadron--

pgT| IQI

1st Staff Squadron..-- -_

f^^| istt

301st Balloon Group

[^1 301

701st Bombardment Wing (Light) F^1 701 Bomb ID


532d Pursuit Group (Interceptor)._

fj^] 532 Pgp (l)

Second Army Aviation

fSg*| second

203d School Squadron.

[=><=>] 203 Sch

b. Armored Force.
Headquarters Company, 1st Armored
Division ________________

t
Hq lcb>l I Div

Military Police Platoon, Headquarters


Company, 1st Armored Division._._

MP

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I Div

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Transportation Platoon, Headquarters


Company, 1st Armored Division

THq |CZ)| i DJV

1st Reconnaissance Battalion. .. ___

|r>| i Ron

Rifle Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion o[c:51 iRcn


Weapons Platoon, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion._________________

wpn 0ICZ)| i Ron

Motorcycle Platoon, 1st Reconnaissance


Battalion _____________________

Mid A lCDl i Rcn

Armored Company (Light), 1st Reconnaissance


,
Battalion______..-.._____.-.__ clc-bl iRen
1st Armored Brigade....

[r^g] i

Communication Platoon, Headquarters


Company, 1st Armored Brigade-- _

comHq |d3| i Brig

Headquarters Company, 1st Armored


Regiment (Light) ___________

,
Hq ICZDJ i (U

Maintenance Platoon, Service Company,


1st Armored Regiment (Light) _____

.,,
Moint srv icm] i (LI

Reconnaissance Company, 1st Armored


Regiment (Light) _

Ron [o] nil

Machine Gun Company, 1st Armored


Regiment (Light) _ _ ________

,
Bl 1 "-)

Company A, 1st Armored Regiment (Light) _


69th Armored Regiment (Medium) ___ _ _
70th Tank Battalion, GHQ Reserve _____ [r^ 70 (M) SHQ
c. Cavalry.
Light Machine-gun Platoon, Troop A, 2d
Cavalry ..._....._..___.._..__._
Scout Car Platoon, 2d Cavalry _______
1st Platoon, Troop E, 8th Cavalry _______
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r~^\
set c[(pV| _
I

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

1st Platoon, Special Weapons Troop, 14th


Cavalry __-___-_____ - ' Sp *" l^114
1st Platoon, Antitank Troop, 1st Cavalry Division.....-_.__._.-_

-i
' T I^

Mortar Platoon, Weapon Troop, 2d Cavalry w n rga


"^
Brigade _______________
1st Platoon, Troop A, 4th Cavalry (Horse
and Mechanized) -____-

i*

2d Platoon, Troop G (Motorcycle) 4th Cav


alry (Horse and Mechanized)

ZG

Headquarters Troop, 3d Cavalry Brigade

m \s/\ 3 Bri

Troop A (Scout Car), 1st Reconnaissance


Squadron....________________

, _
* Il*z5\ ' Rcn

Special Weapons Troop, 3d Cavalry. ...


Troop K (Scout Car) 6th Cavalry (Horse and
Mechanized) _____ .

Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) 9th


Division.._____________

,
Rcn \?5\ 9Di

1st Reconnaissance Squadron...-______

\f^] ] ""
X X

1st Cavalry Division.___________

pa.

Command Post, 5th Cavalry.


Observation Post, 9th Cavalry _______

/\ 9

Park, mechanized units of horse cavalry


regiment __________________

<i>
&? prk

Park, Motor Transportation, 3d Cavalry_

Xjgg

d. Chemical Warfare Service.


2d Platoon, 1st Chemical Company, Service
Aviation ___-_____________________

35

...
2 I 6 J I Serv Avn

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

10th Chemical Company, Maintenance

0 I lOMalnl

t
Company B, 2d Separate Chemical Battalion B I o ] 2 en (SIP)
3d Battalion, 901st Chemical Regiment
Chemical Warfare Service Distributing
Point, IV Corps________-___

3 ["^"j 901

Chemical Warfare Service Depot, First


Army-.............................

*]?
^ Flf"

e. Coast Artillery Corps.


55th Balloon Barrage Battalion

[<^>| sseor

Searchlight Platoon, Battery A, 104th


Coast Artillery.....___-_._.._.

r^^

Machine-gun Platoon, Battery K, 102d


Coast Artillery_______.

pyi
^7

37-mm Platoon, Battery P, 202d Coast Artillery.

p r^-i
^Trtlr

2d Battalion, 2d Coast Artillery, Harbor


Defense.______

11
21 * I ZHD

912 Coast Artillery (Railway)

|~*| 9ie By

57th Coast Artillery (155-mm gun) __

^-TI8Sr *

77th Separate Coast Artillery Battalion


(Antiaircraft, 37-mm)_______

rXj 77 St
^ST

*_*
'& n

4th Battalion, 241st Coast Artillery,


Harbor Defense, Type C.-

4 | ] E4t HO (c)

Command Post, Battery E, 248th Coast


Artillery, Harbor Defense, Type B_

,i,
E (---J 248 H0 (B)

/. Corps of Engineers.
Company A, 2d Engineers (combat) _
12th Engineer Battalion (Triangular

A [~e~| z

(Division) _________________________. [-*^-| ,36

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

8th Engineer Squadron (Cavalry Division)..___.

11
pp|e

302d Engineer Battalion (Separate) _.

I E I 302 (SP)

301st Engineer Battalion (General


Service) __-_

{_ e j 301 Gn srv

905th Engineer Battalion (Heavy Ponton, Motorized)

11
| E 1905 HV pon MU

2d Platoon, 70th Engineers (Light Pon


ton, Motorized GHQ Reserve) --_-

2 fgl 70 L Pon OHO

Engineer Depot No. 2, First Army__

z (E)

Engineer Park, II Corps______

Prk (E) n

Bridge Company, 16th Engineer Battalion ______

1
Br [CE~)| is

2d Platoon, 391st Engineer Company


(Depot)

XX XX

XXX

...
2 | | 391 Dtp

Service Platoon, Company C, 801st Engineers (Water Supply)_-._____

...
ac | E ] 801 w sup

2d Platoon, Company B, 28th Engineers (Aviation) __.-___.._.____

...
ZB IE | ze Avn

Factory Platoon, Shop Company, 84th


Engineers (Camouflage)_._.__-_

...
ZB IE 184 com

g. Field Artillery.

Symbol may also be used to show ar


tillery position area

["""[

Battery F, 2d Field Artillery_____

F [""] z

Ammunition Train, 2d Battalion, 3d


Field Artillery (Horse) ____.___

pi-i-.
A(nTn 2 W 3 "

Headquarters Battery, 2d Battalion, 4th


Field Artillery (Pack)_________

,
Hq 2 f|4pii

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CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Gasoline Section, Service Battery, 54th


Field Artillery Regiment (105-mm
Howitzer, Armored)__________

. ..
TStrv lOBh*

1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery____

i f^"] e

Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, llth Field Artillery Brigade

,
Hq | | n grig

2d Battalion, 18th Field Artillery (Composite)

2 | | iscomp

Service and Ammunition Battery, 1st


Battalion, 79th Field Artillery (240-mm
Howitzer, Motorized) ___.______

. i .
a *m ! L^Jj9

2d Section, Battery B, 71st Field Artillery


Battalion, Horse-drawn.._

..
2B [ [71 H-or

Maintenance Section, Battery C, 98th


Field Artillery'Battalion (75-mm Howitzer, Pack)_______________

MOIniUI
, . . Hrn
0 DI,
V |9OrR
Hjr5

Battery B, 1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion__.._____..__

,
B | 11 Obin

Headquarters Battery, 1st Division Ar


tillery (Triangular).._____..

H qn~| i oiv

Tank Destroyer Battalion________

l~^~l

h. Infantry.
One squad, 2d Platoon, Company G,
117th Infantry ______________

.
26 C>^1 n?

2d Heavy Machine-gun Section, Company D, 2d Infantry ___________

..
D 1^1 z

1st Platoon Company B, 2d Infantry..

i B CX] z

Headquarters Company, 3d Infantry

Hq Q<| 3

3d Machine-gun Platoon, Caliber .50,


Company M, 120th Infantry _____

p^pn
'^

38

"'

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

1st Antitank Squad (Antitank Company), 1st Infantry.________...

.
i AT O<] i

Command Post, 2d Battalion, 323d InAutomatic Rifle Squad, 2d Platoon, Company A, 1st Infantry__________

2 * CX1'

Intelligence Platoon, Headquarters Company, 22d Infantry__________

^^
int Hq [XI 22

1st Light Machine-gun Squad, Company


F, 309th Infantry____________

K~^<
' f \Q 309

Mortar Section, Company C, 18th Infantry..__

Service Platoon, Headquarters Company, 105th Antitank Battalion__.-

_^^
s.rx Hq D<3i05 AT

Weapons Platoon, Company E, 6th Infantry (Armored)__________

...
vvpn E |^] 6

3d Platoon, 205th Military Police Company

^^
3|MP1205

501st Infantry Battalion (Parachute)...

[X] 501 (Prciii)

8th Infantry (Motorized) _________

[XI 8 Mti

1st Infantry Train _.

v~ff '

Kitchen Train, 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry...

Ki 2 l^jl 3

Observation Post, 81-mm Mortar Platoon,


Company D, 30th Infantry________

-r
D ^ so

Medical Detachment, 5th Infantry____

ott ||! 5 i'

1st Battalion Section, Medical Detachment,


.
175th Infantry___ i en Hj ITS m
i. Medical Department.
Veterinary troops.____.________
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__
IN/1

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Headquarters and Service Company, 1st


Medical Regiment

Has \-\-\ 1

Clearing Company D, 8th Medical Battalion

^^
o FH e

1st Platoon, Company E (Ambulance),


105th Medical Regiment

,..
i e FH ios

Station Platoon, Company G (Clearing),


105th Medical Regiment_.

10 \-+-\ IPS

3d Platoon, Collecting Company, 47th


Medical Battalion Armored
Clearing Platoon, Veterinary Troop, 1st
Medical Squadron.____.__.__..

^^
s A ^^^ 47
...
3 vet FH>
XXX X

(J) Firt

First Army Medical Depot_________


Battalion Aid Station. 1st Battalion, 4th
Infantry

i n-l_ 4 ,nl

Ambulance Loading Post____

_( ALP

Collecting Station, 1st Division____

_|_. | Co) |

llth Evacuation Hospital_________

XX

XXXK

(11 EVOC
XXX

Clearing Station, I Corps_______..._.

__|_ x clr

Hospital Train.

t^J

Veterinary Clearing Station, First Army.

\/ Fi,it cir

5th Platoon, 12th Veterinary Company.__

5 |\/| u

901st Veterinary Evacuation Hospital..

GHQ
\/ 901 EVOC

j. Ordnance.
1st Ordnance Company, Medium Maintenance.._______

,
I 8

40

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

2d Ordnance Company, Heavy Maintenance (Army)_____________

,
| 8 |ZH Maint

3d Ordnance Company, Heavy Maintenance (Tank) _____________

,
| 6 )3Hv Moint (TK)

Service Section, 28th Ordnance Company (Medium Maintenance) ___

..
srv | g |28MMoim

Magazine Platoon, 51st Ordnance Company (Ammunition)

...
11 8 1 si Am

3d Platoon, 95th Ordnance Company,


Maintenance Railway Artillery

...
3 | 6 | 95 Momi (Ry)

Company B, 19th Ordnance Battalion


(Armored)

B |QJD| 19

Headquarters and Supply Section,


105th Ordnance Company (Medium
Maintenance) _

nas | d I IOSM Moim

Service Platoon, 73d Ordnance Company (Depot) ______-_-

.
serv | ^ ] 73p tp

462d Ordnance Company (Aviation,


Bombardment)

,
I 6 I 462 AVH (Bomb)

694th Ordnance Company (Aviation,


Pursuit) _______ ___ -

721st Ordnance Company (Aviation Air

,
L 6J694 Avn Pur

__,

Base)--

( 8 ] 721 Avn AB

fc. Quartermaster Corps.


Light Maintenance and Car Battalion,
119th Quartermaster Regiment..--.

^^
3 \_o_j 119

Company C, Truck Battalion, 105th


Quartermaster Regiment______

c I o I ios

Company A (Truck), 13th Quarter


master Battalion (Armored)

AJQDJu

Shop Headquarters and Supply Pla


toon, Company C, 56th Quarter
master Regiment (Heavy Maintenance)
41

^^
c | o | se HV Maim

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

2d Platoon, Company K, 48th Quartermaster Regiment (Truck)

2 K | Q | 461

Pack Troop, 16th Quartermaster


Squadrons, 1st Cavalry Division. _

E Pk \J#'\ 16

681st Quartermaster Battalion (Sterlilization and Bath) ___

^t
f Q | esi isa B)

Service Platoon, Company A, 203d Battalion (Gasoline Supply).___ _

^_^
sr A Pol 203 GQ
,

Company D, 94th Quartermaster Bat-

talion (Bakery) ______._:______

o | Q [94 enry

Transportation Platoon, 252d Quartermaster Company (Air Base) ____-_

...
T I Q I 252 AB

Second Army Quartermaster Depot


No. 1 (Gasoline and Oil)____._-

xxxx
i(j) scond

Third Army Quartermaster Depot No.


2 (Motor Transport) _________

xxxx
2 (o) Third MT

Railhead for Class I Supply, 2d Division___________________

^
(?) 2 """

III Corps Quartermaster Park____-

Prk (?) m

Truckhead Class I Supply, ?d Division-

(?) 2 Trk hd

I. Signal Corps.
59th Signal Maintenance Company
(Aviation) ____._.___.______

,
[ca&| 59 Moint

XV X

XX

Intercept Section Headquarters Platoon, 3d Radio Intelligence Company

Hq

-H
S 3 Rod In)
hj'

1st Signal Company, Photographic

| s 11 Photo

Operating Platoon, 1st Signal Troop,


1st Cavalry Division.________

opn \JS*\ \

Headquarters Platoon, 701st Pigeon


Company._______ _ _
42

Hq | s I 701 Pgn

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Operation Company, 62d Signal Battalion -_

opn Is | 62

Construction Platoon, 30th Signal


Company

__
Con | sj 30

7th Aircraft Warning Section, 2d Aircraft Warning Company... ___

^^
7 | s ] z *w

Telephone and Telegraph Section,


313th Signal Company (Aviation)..

TP a Tg [^] 3i3Avn

1st Signal Platoon (Air Base) _._. __

\cgp-] 1 AB

Point on axis of signal communication,


1st Division ._
Point on axis of signal communication,
1st Armored Division. _ _ .
5th Signal Battalion, Construction _ _. _

[ s | 5 cons

317th Signal Company, Air Wing. _ _....._

[<>| 317 wg

Signal Company, Operation (Radio), 59th


Signal Battalion, Armored Corps____-___

|
opn (Rod) ICDl 59

Signal Company, Operation (Wire), 50th


Signal Battalion, Armored Corps .- Opn (wire) |C)| 59
1st Signal Company, Depot . _

| s 1 1 oep

2d Signal Company, Repair

| s | a R. P

1st Signal Company, Construction, Separate.. . - -- ____-____-___.-

| s 1 1 cons sp

21st Signal Company, Operation, Separate.. _ . _ _ - _ -.._-- _ _ _ . _ ..._.

,
I s I 21 opn Sep

3d Radio Intelligence Company... ...

| s | 3 Rod mt

Position-finding Section 1st Platoon, 3d


Radio Intelligence Company.. _ _. .

. -. .
' I.. SJ 3 Rad '"'

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10

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

SECTION V
GENERAL ABBREVIATIONS

10. GENERAL USE.The abbreviations listed below are pre


scribed for use on all United States maps:
A____________. Arch or arroyo
abut___.___.._. Abutment
b__________.._. Brick
BS____________. Blacksmith shop
bot_________..__ Bottom
Br___________.._. Branch
br____________ Bridge
C___. Cape
cem___________ Cemetery
con________.... Concrete
cov___.__.____ Covered
Cr_-____.________. Creek
cul___________ Culvert
DS___________ Drug store
E_.__________.._. East
Est___________ Estuary
f_.__________. Pordable
Ft___________. Fort
GS___________ General store
gir___________. Girder
GM____________. Grist mill
i___________._ Iron
I.__._______.. Island
Jc__________. Junction
kp___________.._. King-post
L____________. Lake
Lat-_________.... Latitude
Ldg__________. Landing
LSS___________ Life-saving station
LH____________ Lighthouse
Long___________. Longitude
Mt____________ Mountain
Mts___________. Mountains
N____________. North
nf___________. Not fordable
p_____________- Pier
pk__________. Plank
44

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

PO_____.-____
Pt___________
qp.__________.
R____________,
RH__-_.
RR___________
2d____.____.
S-______._____.
s_____________
SH_____
SM____________
Sta._______.
St____________.
str______._____.
TG___________
3d_________.
Tres__________.
tr_______-_.___
WT___________.
WW___.
W___________w__________.

10-11

Post office
Point
Queen-post
River
Roundhouse
Railroad
Second
South
Steel
Schoolhouse
Sawmill
Station
Stone
Stream
Tollgate
Third
Trestle
Truss
Water tank
Waterworks
West
Wood

11. USE WITH HYDROGRAPHIC SYMBOLS.a. General,


Bn_____._____ Beacon
RK__________. Rock
Wk___________ Wreck
LMP__________. Levee mile post
LS_________. Levee station
TH___________ Towhead
NRS__________. Naval radio station
NRC__________. Naval radio direction-finder (radio
compass station)
PD___________ Position doubtful
PA_____.____ Position approximate
ED________-_ Existence doubtful
b. Relating to lights.
F____________. Fixed
PI..___ Plashing
Occ______. Occulting
Alt_______. Alternating
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11

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Gp.____-_______.. Group
R____________.. Red
W____________. White
G____________.. Green
B____________.. Blue
Sec___________. Sector
(U) __________. Unwatched
ev_______-___. Every
m______ _____.. Miles
min____-_.. Minutes
sec_-___.-_______.. Seconds
vis__________-_-,. Visible
c. Relating to buoys.
C____________________. Can
AT_____________. Nun
S_____________. Spar
HS-. _________. Horizontal stripes
B_____________ Black
R____________________ Red
W___________________. White
VS____________ Vertical stripes
G____________ Green
y_____________ Yellow
Cfi ___________ Checkered
d. Relating to log signals.
FB --_---____._ Fog bell
FD_______.___ Fog diaphone
FG________ Fog gun
FH. ___________ FS__________...
FT,. __________...
FW___________.

Fog
Fog
Fog
Fog

horn
siren
trumpet
whistle

SB______.. Submarine fog bell


e. Relating to bottoms.
Cl_____________ Clay
Co___________. Coral
G-________.. Gravel
M_____________ Mud
O2____________ Ooze
P____________.. Pebbles
S_____________. Sand
46

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Sh ____________
Sp ____________
St ____________.
brk... -_________.
Cal....... _______

11-12

Shells
Specks
Stones
Broken
Calcareous

crs.......... _____ Coarse


Decayed
Dark
Flinty
Fine
grd---.-....... -__ Ground
gty.. _______________ Gritty
hrd ___________. Hard
Irg. _________. Large
...__.-_. Light
rky___________. Rocky
rot-...-.. _______ Rotten
sft -__-___-___. Soft
sml__________. Small
spk..... ________. Speckled
stf__.___-_-_. Stiff
sir___________________. Streaky
vol............-.... Volcanic
bfc_________. Black
br_____________. Brown
bu -___---_-________. Blue
gn. ______--_. Green
gy___________.. Gray
rd ____________ Red
wh............ ____ White
yl.................... Yellow
stk......- Sticky
dec_-______
dk____________.
fly____________.
fne. ____________

SECTION VI
MILITARY ABBREVIATIONS
12. LIST.The abbreviations listed below are authorized for
use in combat orders, messages, records, and reports in the
field. With few exceptions all are written without spacing
and periods. Dates, when abbreviated, are written thus:
1 Jan 24. Usually a single word is represented by a single
capital letter, or by a capital and lower case.
47

12

CORPS OF ENG1NEEES

Acting____-_-____-.. Actg
Adjutant General----_________ AG

Adjutant's (section)_..______ Adj (Sec) '


Adjutant (1st staff section, brigades
and lower units)-.---____._. S-l

Adjutant General's Department___. AGD


Administrative (orders).______ Adm (O)

Advance_-__---________ Adv
Advance guard___.._______. AdvGd

Advance Message Center_______. AdvMsgCen

Afternoon (i. e., from 12:00 noon to


12:00 midnight)__.___.___ PM
Aide-de-camp...._____. ADC

Air base______________- AB

Air Corps_____-_________. AC

Aircraft warning service____--_-. AWS


Air Defense Command_____------ AD Comd

Airdrome__________- Adnn
Air District..._____.._ ADist

Air Force_-__________Air Force Combat Command--_.


Air Intelligence (section) (officer) __
Airplane__-_...

AF
AFCC
Alnt(Sec) (O)
AP

Airship__.__.__.._______. Ash
Ambulance (company) (company,
motor) (section) __________. Amb(Co) (CoM) (Sec)

Ambulance loading post____ ALP

American Expeditionary Forces. AEF

Ammunition (company) (distribu


tion point) (train)._____.__. Am (Co) (DP) (Tn)

Animal (animal-drawn) Anl-d

Antiaircraft__.___._. AA

Antiaircraft Artillery_________.
Antiaircraft Artillery Intelligence
Service__
Antiaircraft Intelligence Service..
Antimechanized______..

AAA

AAAIS
AAIS
AMecz

Antitank________________ AT
Appendix App
April Apr

Armorer Armr
Artificer__..... Artif
48

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

12

Armored (car)_.
Armored Force-___
Army Air Forces
Army Engineer Service______.
Army headquarters__-__.

Armd-C
ArmdF
AAF
AEngrServ
AHQ

Army Post Office____________.


Army Regulations__.
Artillery (brigade) (horse) (liaison
officer) ____________
Artillery Information Service--___..
Assistant_--____
Assistant chief of staff ________.
Assistant chief of staff for personnel-

APO
AB

Arty (Brig) (H) (Ln O)


AIS
Asst
AC of S
G-l

Assistant chief of staff for operations


and training-.____________
Assistant chief of staff for supply__.
Attached__
Attack__________________
Auxiliary______
August___

G-3
G-4
Atchd
Atk
Aux
Aug

Army medical (laboratory) (service). AMed(Lab) (Serv)

Assistant chief of staff for military in


telligence.---________ G-2

Automatic_----. Auto

Aviation__________ Avn
Axis or axes of signal communication. Ax Sig Com
Baggage__-
Bakery (battalion) (company) ___.
Balloon (group) (squadron) (wing)__
Barrage balloon (battalion) _____.
Basic._____________
Battalion (combat train) (comman
der)___________________
Battalion adjutant.__________
Battalion intelligence officer._____
Battalion plans and training officer-..
Battalion supply officer
Battery (commander)-.
Battle reconnaissance_______
Bench mark_______
Bicycle____________
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Bag
Bkry (Bn) (Co)
Bin (Gp) (Sq) (Wg)
Bar Bin (Bn)
Bsc
Bn(CTn) (Comdr)
S-l
S-2
S-3
S-4
Btry (Comdr)
BRcn
BM
Bel

12

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Blacksmith_____.._________
Bombardment (squadron) (group)
(wing) (light) (medium) (heavy).
Bomb service truck__________.
Boundary__________.
Bridge train (heavy) (light)_____
Brigade (commander).._
Brigade adjutant___.___.
Brigade intelligence officer______.
Brigade plans and training officer__
Brigade supply officer.________.
Brigade headquarters______.
Brigadier general____________
Browning automatic rifle_______
Bugler__________________.

Blksm
Bomb (Sq) (Gp) (Wg)
(L) (M) (H)
BSTrk
Bd
BrTn(HvXL)
Brig (Comdr)
S-l
S-2
S-3
S-4
BHQ
Brig Gen
BAR
Bglr

Caliber....__________..._
Camouflage (battalion) (company)...
Captain..______________.
Carpenter._____...___..___
Carrier..-.______________.
Cavalry (brigade) (division) _____
Cavalry division headquarters_.
Cemetery.._______________..
Center__________________
Centimeter_______________
Chaplain (section) ___________
Chauffeur______________.
Chemical (ammunition train) (battalion) (company) (officer) (regiment) (section).
Chemical agent, nonpersistent____
Chemical agent, persistent______.
Chemical mortar, 4.2-inch_______
Chemical Warfare Service______
Chief of artillery____________.
Chief of aviation____________.
Chief Signal Officer_________..
Chief of Staff______________.
Circular...________________
Class________________
Class I supplies___..________

cal
Cam (Bn) (Co)
Capt
Cptr
Carr
Cav (Brig) (Div)
CavDHQ
Cem
Cen
cm
Ch (Sec)
Cfr
Cml(AmTn) (Bn) (Co)
(O) (Regt) (Sec)

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G-NP
G-P
4.2CmlMort
CWS
C of A
Cof Avn
CSigO
Cof S
Cir
Cl
ClISup

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Clearing (company)______.
Clerk______________.
Coast Artillery Corps_____
Coast defense_______.
Coastal frontier..__.__________.
Collecting (company) (point) (sta
tion)_____________.__.
Colonel_.
Column__
Combat (car) (zone) _________.
Command (car) ___________
Commandant_____________
Commander_________.
Commander in Chief _________
Commanding...____________
Commanding general-____.
Commanding officer__________
Command post_____________
Command post exercise________
Commercial_________,
Commissary_____,
Communication (officer) (squadron)
(platoon) (section).
Communications zone_________
Company (commander) (headquar
ters)___________________
Contact party____,
Construction (company) (platoon)
(section)________________
Continuous wave.____.
Convalescent (hospital) ________
Cook_______________.__
Corporal-___________.
Corps headquarters__________
Corps of Engineers.----_______
Crossroads__________
Cylinder_____________.

Clr (Co)
Clk
CAC
CD
CP
Coll (Co) (Pt) (Sta)
Col
Clm
C (Car) (Z)
Comd (Car)
Comdt
Comdr
CinC
Comdg
CG
CO
CP
CPX
Coml
Comm
Com (O) (Sq) (Plat)
(Sec)
ComZ
Co (Comdr) (Hq)
ConPy
Cons(Co) (Plat) (Sec)
CW
Conv (Hosp)
Ck
Cpl
CHQ
CE
CR
Cyl

December___. Dec
Decontamination___________. Decon
Dental Corps__________ DC
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12

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Department__..._-.
Depot (battalion)._________.
Deputy chief of staff-..________
Detachment __.
Distant surveillance (section) ____.
Distributing point...
Division..-_____
Division (adjutant) (aviation) (commander) (engineer).
Division headquarters-________
Division (headquarters commandant
and provost marshal) _______
Division (judge advocate) (munitions
officer).___-____
Division ordnance officer_____.
Division (quartermaster) (signal offleer) (surgeon).
Draftsman.
Drawn..
Dump (truck)._.

Div (JA) (MunO)


DivOO
Div (QM) (Sig O)
(Surg)
Drftm
Dr
Dp (Trk)

East.
Echelon________________...
Electrician-___.
Element.._
Eliminate--. _.
Embarkation-__.
Engineer (battalion) (company) (offleer) (train).
Engineers (combat) (general service) _
Enlisted men.-_____________.
Entrucking point____._____.
Evacuation (hospital)-_________
Exclusive.-._____.
Executive (officer)________.

E
Ech
Electn
Elm
Elim
Emb
Engr (Bn) (Co) (O)
(Tn)
Engrs (C) (Gen Serv)
EM
EP
Evac (Hosp)
Excl
Ex (O)

February._______________
Feet or foot____________.
Field Artillery (brigade) ________
Field laboratory____________.

Peb
ft
FA (Brig)
FLab

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Dept
Dep (Bn)
DC of S
Det
DS (Sec)
DP
Div
Div (Adj) (Avn)
(Comdr) (Engr)
DHQ
Div (Hq Comdt & PM)

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AMD ABBREVIATIONS

12

.Field manual____________
Field orders______________
Field (remount depot) _______.
Field Train__________
Fighter________________Finance (Department) (officer) __
First lieutenant_______-
Fixed_________________
Flash ranging__________.
Flight (commander)________
Film strip______________
Forward echelon._______

FM
FO
F(RmtDep)
F Tn
Fi
Fin (Dept) (O)
IstLt
Fxd
FR
Fit (Comdr)
FS
FwdEch

Garage________________
Gas noncommissioned officer.
Gas officer_______________~
Gasproof dugout or building-
General (hospital) (service).__
General Headquarters_______-..General service___________.
General Staff (Corps) _________
First section___________..
Second section_____.___.
Third section__________'_.
Fourth section_____.__
General Headquarters Air Force. _
Geological (survey)________-.
Graves registration (battalion) (com
pany)__________________
Group.____________-.
Groupment-__.____..__
Guard._________.
Gun-____________.
Gunner__-_________.

Gar
GasNCO
GasO
G-PF
Gen (Hosp) (Serv)
GHQ
Gen Serv
GS (C)
G-l
G-2
G-3
G-4
GHQ AF
Geol (Surv)

Harbor defense_______-___
Headquarters (battery) (company)
(troop) (platoon) (section).
Headquarters and headquarters (battery) (company) (troop).
Headquarters commandant___

HD
Hq (Bty) (Co) (Tr)
(Plat) (Sec)
Hq&Hq(Btry) (Co)
(Tr)
HqComdt

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GrReg(Bn) (Co)
Gp
Gpmt
Gd
G
Gnr

12

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Headquarters and service (battery) Hq & Serv (Btry) (Co),


(Tr) or H & S (Btry)
(company) (troop).
(Co) (Tr)
Heavy (ponton).._. Hv (Pon)
Heavy weapons (company) (section) _ Hv Wpn (Co) (Sec)
High explosive HE
Highway_______.._________. Hwy
Holding and reconsignment point__ H&RP
Horse_________-_____ H
Horse-drawn_____.________. H-Dr
Horse and mechanized__. H&Mecz
Hospital (company) (train) _____. Hosp (Co) (Tn)
Howitzer_____________. How
Impregnating..--______.
Inch___________.._______.
Inclosure__,______________
Inclusive__________________
Infantry (brigade) (division)_____
Information center--._____.
Initial point______.._________
Inspector.______.
Inspector general..
Inspector General's Department--.
Instrument_______--______
Intelligence (platoon) (section) ___
Intelligence officer-.-_____.
Interceptor.

Impreg
in
Incls
incl
Inf (Brig) (Div)
1C
IP
Insp
IG
IGD
Instr
Int (Plat) (Sec)
S-2orIntO
I

January._____ Jan
Judge advocates' (section)._____. JA (Sec)
Judge Advocate General's Department. JAGD
Kitchen________________ Ki
Labor (detachment) (battalion) _...
Laboratory_____________.
Land mine________________.
Laundry.______.._______.
Liaison (officer) ___..________.
Lieutenant (colonel) (general)____
Light (machine gun) (tank) (pon
ton)__________________

Lbr (Det) (Bn)


Lab
LM
Ldry
Ln (O)
Lt (Col) (Gen)
L (MG) (Tk) (Pon)

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Lights_-_________________.
Line of departure________
Line of communication______Lineman._____________.
Livens projector____________.
Machine-gun (company) (troop) (of
ficer)__________________.
Machinist_________________
Main line of resistance_____.
Main supply road_________
Maintenance (section) ______.
Maintenance of equipment___.
Maintenance party___________
Maintenance of way_______.
Maintenance and supply____
Major (General) __________.
March___________.
Master_____________
Material_______________
Mechanic______________
Mechanized____________.
Medical (regiment) (supply depot)
Medical Corps___________
Medical Department_,.
Medium (tank) (ponton) ___.
Message (center) ________.
Message dropping and pick-up groundMessenger (section) ______Meteorological (company) (officer)
(section)_________________
Mile__________________.
Miles per hour___________
Military intelligence._______.
Military police (battalion) (company).
Millimeter______________
Mobilization Regulations_.
Mobilization Training Program__.

Lgts
LD
LC
Lmn
LP
MG (Co) (Tr) (O)
Machst
MLR
MSR
Maint (Sec)
Maint of E
Maint Py
Maint of W
M&S
Maj (Gen)
Mar
Mr
Mat
Mech
Mecz
Med(Regt) (SupDep)
MC
MD
M (Tk) (Pon)
Msg (Cen)
Msg CPU
Msgr (Sec)
Met (Co) (O) (Sec)
mi
mph
MI
MP (Bn) (Co)
mm
MR
MTP

Mobile____________________. Mbl
Months______________. mos

Morning (i. e., from 12:00 midnight to


12:00 noon)__________. AM
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12

12

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Mortar_________.__________
Motor Transport (Service) ______.
Motor___________________
Motor-tricycle__...________
Motorcycle______.._______.
Motorized_______.._______.
Mounted...____
Munitions (officer)__________

Mort
MT (S)
Mtr
Mtricl
Mtrcl
Mtz
Mtd
Mun(O)

Navigation (officer) __...__._____


Net control station..._________
Night__________..________
Noncommissioned officer_______.
North______.__________
November.._.
Number_..._______

Nav (O)
NCS
Nt
NCO
N
Nov
No

Observation (ba 11a 1 ion) (flash)


(group) (squadron).
Observer....____.
Observation post__.________
October..
Officer, order, or orders____
Operation.__________....__
Operator.______..___
Orderly-__1__..
Ordnance...._______.
Ordnance officer..__..
Organization.
Outpost line____.._.__.__.
Outpost line of resistance.

Obsn (Bn) (Bl) (Gp)


(Sq)
Obsr
OP
Oct
O
Opn
Opr
Odly
Ord
OO
Orgn
OPL
OPLB

Pack (troop) (train).._______


Parachute_______.-______
Park_________________
Party...__.___-.
Personnel (carrier) (officer) (section).
Photographic (section) (squadron) _
Pigeon company...___.
Pioneer_____.
Pioneer and demolition section___.
Plans and training officer.

Pk(Tr)(Tn)
Prcht
Prk
Py
Pers(Car) (O) (Sec)
Photo (Sec) (So.)
PgnCo
Pion
P&DSec
S-3

56

SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

Platoon (commander) (headquarters)


Point______________.___.
Ponton_____________-____
Postal (section)____________.
Prisoners of war____________
Private__________________.
Provisional________________
Provost marshal_____________
Provost Marshal General__
Pursuit (group) (squadron)_.._

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Plat (Comdr) (Hq)


Pt
Pon
Post (Sec)
PW
Pvt
Prov
PM
PMG
Pur (Gp) (Sq)

Quartering (detachment) (officer) _ Qr (Det) (O)


Quartermaster Corps.________. QMC
Quartermaster (section)__. QM (Sec)
Radio (company) (section) _____.
Radio and panel section.__.
Radio intelligence (company)____.
Railhead (detachment)_______
Railhead officer____________
Railroad_________________
Railroad transportation officer____
Railway (battalion)_________
Railway traffic officer_________.
Range (officer) __________
Ration distributing point____.
Rear (echelon) (guard)________
Reception (center) __________.
Reconnaissance (officer) (squadron)
(long range) (medium range).
Reconstruction park.........__.
Record______
Refrigeration______
Regiment.____.
Regimental
Regimental adjutant
Regimental headquarters
Regimental intelligence officer___..
Regimental plans and training officer..
Regimental reserve line__ _.
Regimental supply officer__
Regulating (officer) (point) (station)..
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Rad (Co) (Sec)


R&PSec
Radlnt(Co)
Rhd (Det)
RHO
RR
RTO
Ry (Bn)
RTraf O
Rg (O)
RDP
Rr (Ech) (Gd)
Recp (Cen)
Rcn (O) (Sq) (LR)
(MR)
Recons Prk
Red
Ref
Regt
Regtl
S-l
RHQ
S-2
S-3
RRL
S-4
R (O) (P) (Sta)

12

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Reinforced_______...
Remount (depot) (officer) (service) __
Repair (section) _________
Replacement___..-.
Replacement Training Center.
Reproduction________________
Reserve..,
Rifle (company) (platoon) (squad).
Road_________.._______.
Road bend-______..________.
Road Junction_____________
Road space_______________

Reinf
Rmt (Dep) (O) (Serv)
Rep (Sec)
Repl
RTC
Repro
Res
R (Co) (Plat) (Sqd)
Rd
RB
RJ
RS

Sales commissary (battalion) (com


pany)__________________
Salvage (battalion) (company) ___.
Sanitary_________________.
Scheduled_______________
School_______.._______.
Scout__________.._______
Scout car_____,.__________.
Scout car, half-track_________
Searchlight________________
Second lieutenant.________
Section._______________.
Self-propelled mount__________
Semiautomatic rifle..______
Semimobile____..__.
Separate.______________
September_______________.
Sergeant-_______.._______
Service (battalion) (battery) (company) (troop).
Shoe repair_______________.
Side car.________________
Signal (battalion) (company) (troop)
(depot) (officer) (section).
Signal Corps______________.
Signal operations instructions____.
Small arms (ammunition) ______.
Sound and Plash (battalion)_____
Sound locator_________.

Sales Comm (BnMCo)


Salv (Bn) (Co)
Sn
Scd
Sch
Set
SctC
SctCHt
Sit
2dLt
Sec
SPM
SAR
Sem
Sep
Sept
Sgt
Serv (Bn) (Btry) (Co)
(Tr)
SRep
Sc
Sig (Bn) (Co) (Tr)
(Dep) (O) (Sec)
SigC
SOI
SA (Am)
S &P (Bn)
S-L.

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

12

Sound ranging_____
South____________________
Special troops__________.
Special weapons (troop) (platoon) _.
Squad________________
Squadron (headquarters) (headquar
ters and headquarters detachment).
Staff (group) (squadron).
Standing operating procedure_____.
Station.____________.
Stenographer_________.
Sterilization and bath_
Straggler line________.
Submachine gun___
Supply (company) (section) __
Supply officer___________
Support line______________.
Supply point_____________.
Surgeon
Surgical (hospital) __...
Survey________
Switchboard____._
Switching central_______

Sq (Hq) (Hq & Hq Dct)


Stf (Gp) (Sq)
SOP
Sta
Steno
S&B
StragL
SMG
Sup (Co) (Sec)
S-4orSupO
SL
SupPt
Surg
Surg (Hosp)
Surv
Sb
SwC

Tables of Basic Allowances______.


Tables of Organization_________
Tank (battalion) (company) _____.
Tank destroyer_
Technical.._____.
Technical Manual.
Technical Regulations.
Technician-_______
Telegraph (section).-_
Telegraph printer..
Telephone (section) ______.
Theater headquarters^
Theater of operations.
Time lengths_____
Toolmaker_________.
Topographic___
Tractor_________

T/BA
T/O
Tk (Bn) (Co)
TD
Tech
TM
TR
Techn
Tg (Sec)
Tgp
Tp (Sec)
THQ
Tof Opns
TL
Tlmkr
Top or Topo
Trac

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SR
S
SpTrs
Sp Wpn (Tr) (Plat)
Sqd

12

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Tr Dr
Traf
Tn
Tlr
Tng
TC
TP

Tractor-drawn______________
Traffic_________-________
Train__________..
Trailer________..__
Training________..______
Training Circular__
Training film.____.
Transport or transportation (com
pany) (officer) (platoon) _____
Trench mortar (battery) _______
Tricycle, motor____...
Troop(s) ________.._.
Truck (battalion) (company) (section) (truck head)
Truck-drawn_____
Truck head______________.

T (Co) (O) (Plat)


TMort(Btry)
TriclMtr
Tr(s)
Trk (Bn) (Co) (Sec)
(Trkhd)
Trk-Dr
Trkhd

Veterinary or veterinarian._______
Veterinary Corps___-___.
Veterinary (company) (evacuation
hospital) (service).
Visual-

Vet
VC
Vet (Co) (Evac Hosp)
(Serv)
Vis

Wagon (battalion) (company) (master) (section) (train).


War Department.
Warrant officer_____________
Water supply____
Water tank (battalion) (train) _.
Weapon carrier____..________
Weapons (troop) (platoon) ________
Weather (group) (officer) (squadron) _
Welder__________________
West___________.___Winch__________________
Wing___________________.

Wag (Bn) (Co) (Mr)


(SecMTn)
WD
WO
W Sup
WTk (Bn) (Tn)
WpnCarr
Wpn (Tr) (Plat)
Wea (Gp) (O) (Sq)
Wldr
W
Wn
Wg

Yard_________--__- Yd
Year___________________ Yr
Zone________________ Z
Zone of the interior________ Zof I
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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

13. EXAMPLES.a. Units of armored


1st Armored Division___
Headquarters________
Headquarters Company__.
1st Reconnaissance Battalion....__
1st Armored Brigade__
Headquarters and Headquarters Com
pany
1st Armored Regiment (Light)..___
13th Armored Regiment (Light) ___.
69th Armored Regiment (Medium)
16th Engineer Battalion (Armored)_
68th Field Artillery (Armored)____
6th Infantry (Armored)__
27th Field Artillery Battalion (Ar
mored)_____.
47th Signal Company (Armored).__
19th Ordnance Battalion (Armored)
13th Quartermaster Battalion (Ar
mored).__.
47th Medical Battalion (Armored) _
12th Observation Squadron (At
tached) ...______________
b. Units of cavalry division, horse.
1st Cavalry Division__
Headquarters.--_____
Headquarters Troop__
1st Reconnaissance Squadron____
1st Signal Troop____________
Antitank Troop.__
27th Ordnance Company (Medium
Maintenance)_...__.
1st Cavalry Brigade_____._.___
Headquarters and Headquarters
Troop___-_______
5th Cavalry___________.
Weapons Troop, 1st Cavalry Brigade..
2d Cavalry Brigade.._.._,
Headquarters and Headquarters
Troop__________________
1st Cavalry Division Artillery__.
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13

division.
1st Armd Div
Hq
HqCo
IstRcnBn
1st Armd Brig
Hq&HqCo
1st Armd Regt (L)
13th Armd Regt (L)
69th Armd Regt (M)
16thEngrBn (Armd)
68thPA (Armd)
6th Inf (Armd)
27th FA Bn (Armd)
47thSigCo (Armd)
19thOrdBn (Armd)
13thQMBn (Armd)
47thMedBn (Armd)
12th Obsn Sq (Atchd)
IstCavDiv
Hq
HqTr
IstRcnSq
IstSigTr
ATTr
27thOrdCo(MMaint)
1st Cav Brig
Hq & Hq Tr
5th Cav
Wpn Tr 1st Cav Brig
2d Cav Brig
Hq & Hq Tr
1st Cav Div Arty

13

CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Headquarters and Headquarters


Battery_______.._________.
82d Field Artillery Battalion (75-mm
Howitzer, Horse-drawn).
Field Artillery Battalion (105-mm
Howitzer, Truck-drawn).
8th Engineer Squadron______
1st Medical Squadron..
16th Quartermaster Squadron____.
Ordnance Company, Medium Mainte
nance____________

Hq & Hq Btry
82d FA Bn (75-mm
HowH-Dr)
FA Bn (105-mm How
Trk-Dr)
8th Engr Sq
1st Med Sq
16th QMSq
Ord Co (M Maint)

c. Units of infantry division (square).


Headquarters_____ Hq
Special Troops_______. SpTr
Headquarters and Headquarters
Detachment______________ Hq & Hq Det
Medical Detachment__________ Med Det
Headquarters Company. HqCo
Military Police Company. MPCo
Signal Company____ SigCo
Ordnance Company, Medium Mainte
nance_____________________ Ord Co (M Maint)
Infantry Brigade________. Inf Brig
Headquarters and Headquarters
Company______. Hq & Hq Co
2d Infantry Regiment____ 2d Inf Regt
Field Artillery Brigade_-_____. FA Brig
Headquarters and Headquarters
Battery.______... Hq & Hq Btry
Field Artillery Regiment (155-mm FA Regt (155-mm
How)
Howitzer).
2d Field Artillery Regiment (105-mm 2d FA Regt (105-mm
How)
Howitzer).
Engineer Regiment (combat) _____ Engr Regt (c)
Medical Regiment___________. Med Regt
Quartermaster Regiment_______ QMRegt

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SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ABBREVIATIONS

13

d. Units of infantry division (triangular).


Headquarters______________ Hq
Headquarters and Military Police
Company._______________ Hq & MP Co
Signal Company______ SigCo
Reconnaissance Troop___________. RcnTr
Infantry Regiment__________. Inf Regt
Division Artillery____________. DivArty
Headquarters and Headquarters
Battery____ _________. Hq & Hq Btry
I
II
ill
1-155-mm Howitzer (or) 4-106-mm Howitzer (or) 1-156-mm Howitzer
3-105-mm
3-76-mm gun

Engineer Battalion_______ EngrBn


Medical Battalion____________ MedBn
Quartermaster Battalion_______. QMBn
e. Units of infantry division^ (triangular, motorized).
Same as above except three infantry regiments are motorized,
and field artillery component is one battalion of 155-mm
Howitzers and three battalions of 105-mm Howitzers.

/. Units which may be attached to an infantry division or


cavalry division.

Coast Artillery (Antiaircraft).


Company (Chemical Warfare Serv
ice)________
Engineer Battalion (General Serv
ice)-______________..
Engineer Battalion (Separate)
Surgical Hospital__.
Balloon Squadron________
Observation Squadron_____
Field Artillery Observation Battalion..

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CA (AA)

Co (CWS)
EngrBn (GenServ)
EngrBn (Sep)
SurgHosp
Bin Sq
Obsn Sq
FA Obsn Bn

APPENDIX
LIST OP REFERENCES
AR 850-150, Authorised Abbreviations for Military Records.
AR 300-15, Maps and Mapping.

FM 21-25, Elementary Map and Aerial Photograph Reading.

FM 21-35, Sketching.
TM 5-230, Topographic Drafting.
FM 4-155, Coast Artillery, Reference Data.
FM 6-130, Field Artillery, Reference Data.

FM 21-105, Engineer Soldier's Handbook.

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FM
FM
FM
FM

21-100, Soldier's Handbook.


8-55, Medical Department Reference Data.
21-6, List of Publications for Training.
21-26, Advanced Map and Aerial Photograph Reading.
5-35, Engineer, Reference Data.

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For use with hydrographic symbols:
Bottoms._______________..
Buoys.___._____________.___
Fog signals-__________________
General._____-..______________
Lights________________________.
List--________________________
Militaryexamples of units:
Armored division-____________.
Attached to an infantry division______.
Cavalry division, horse__-____ _.
Infantry division (square)-________.
Infantry division (triangular)_____
Infantry division (triangular, motorized)..
Air Corps symbols.--_____ _... --.
Air navigation maps:
Characteristics________________List of symbols_________________
Application of special military symbols._...

Basic military symbols_____-

Boundaries:
Military_____________________-
Topographic-______...___

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Military____________________.___
Topographic.--______________...

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Engineers' symbols------- ...--........ -_.


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General abbreviations...____.__._.
Hydrography-.______________...
Infantry symbols______________.-.

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Land classification..._____________.
Lettering of topographic symbols________
List of
Abbreviations_______________.
Basic military symbols_____________
Military abbreviations_____________...
Topographic symbols____________.

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Medical Department symbols____________

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Navigation, aids..
Ordnance symbols._..--____________
Purpose of manual-...
Quartermaster Corps sjTnbols.___________.
Belief__________.._________________
Scope of manual-__________________.
Signal Corps symbols.._____._________
Size of topographic symbols.____..
Structures...__..._
Symbols:
Air navigation maps:
Characteristics..
List.______________________
Military:
Basic, list of, to indicate

Activities____________________

Arms or services._____________
Boundaries_________________
Hasty sketches______________
Size of units_________________.

Weapons___________________
General rules for_______-_______
Special:
Application to
Air Corps_______________.
Armored Force.______.
Cavalry____________..
Chemical Warfare Service_____
Coast Artillery Corps_______.
Corps of Engineers_______
Field Artillery._____________
Infantry_________________.
Medical Department________.
Ordnance_____________.
Quartermaster Corps._____..
Signal Corps____________.
For use In sketches___________.
Topographic:
Characteristics
List:
Boundaries, marks, and monuments.
Drainage____________._____
Hydrography-___...._____..
Land classification____...
Marginal information
Navigation, aids to__________...
Relief__..______
Works and structures.
Unit designations____________.

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