Tactical Signs - Ordnance Units

Tactical signs were introduced in order to help designate special roles, functions or equipment performed/carried by certain vehicles. The signs were to measure 8 by 6 inches, be painted in black with a 5/8 inch yellow border, and have yellow characters measuring 3-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches. These signs were generally applied to the right front bumper (or fender) and located on the rear centre of the vehicle's body, though sometimes the signs were located instead on the right rear near the formation sign. The signs were also placed on vehicle sides, either centrally on the leading door, on the turret of armoured vehicles, or on the body of Universal Carriers.

In addition to distinguishing tactical uses of vehicles, listings of tactical sign markings are useful to researchers in establishing scales of issue of numbers and types of vehicles to particular units.

Note that the lists should be taken as a general guide only. Not all units were always up to full establishment of vehicles due to equipment shortages (or, less commonly, may have had surplus equipment on hand extra to establishment). The tables do not provide information on specific vehicle types, which changed during the course of the war for various reasons (tactical requirements changed, as did tables of organization and war establishment; Canadian production vehicles, which were preferred, also became increasingly available overseas as the war progressed).

Armoured Corps Ordnance Field Park1

Headquarters - Vehicle Types

No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 2 P, P1
Motorcycle 1 P2
Truck, 15-cwt 1 P3
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Special Binned 1 P4
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Battery Storage 1 P5
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Battery Charging 1 P6
1 Sub Park Armoured Corps Ordnance Field Park
No. 1 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Truck, 15-cwt 1 P10
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Binned 11 P11, P12, P13, P14, P15, P17, P18, P19, P20, P21, P22
(suspect P16 vice P22)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Special Binned 1 P22 (sic)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 5 P23, P24, P25, P26, P27
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, Water 1 P28
No. 2 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Motorcycle 1 P29
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 8 P30, P31, P32, P33, P34, P35, P36, P37
No. 3 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 2 P38
Motorcycle 1 P39

2 Sub Park Armoured Corps Ordnance Field Park

No. 1 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Truck, 15-cwt 1 P50
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Binned 11 P51, P52, P53, P54, P55, P56, P57, P58, P59, P60, P61
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Special Binned 1 P62
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 5 P63, P64, P65, P66, P67
Truck, 15-cwt, Water 1 P68
No. 2 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Motorcycle 1 P69
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 8 P70, P71, P72, P73, P74, P75, P76, P77
No. 3 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 2 P78
Motorcycle 1 P79
Trailers, 3-ton, Mech. RAOC 2 H25, H25
Trailers, RAOC, W/S Serv. Hvy 1 H26
Trailers, 4wd for Gen. 22 K.W 1 H27
Truck, 15-cwt 4wd G.S. 2 H28, H29
Truck, 15cwt, Water 1 H30
Truck, 15cwt for Gen 1 H31
Armament Section (T.A.3) - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 1 1A1
Small Arms and Machine Gun Section (T.B.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 1 1B1
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 1 1B2
"B" Veh and Carriers Section (T.C.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd Shelter 1 1C1
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 2 1C2, 1C3
Recovery Section (T.D.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 1 D1
Motorcycle 16 D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, D12, D13, D14, D15, D16, D17
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd 2 D18, D19
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd, Breakdown 4 D20, D21, D22, D23
Tractor, 6wd, Breakdown 6 D24, D25, D26, D27, D28, D29
Tractor, Tracked, D.8 2 D30, D31
Trailer, 3-ton, 4wd, Lt.Rec 4 D32, D33, D34, D35
Trailer, 20-ton for D.8 2 D36, D37
Transporter, 18 or 20 ton 4 D38, D39, D40, D41
Transporter, 30 ton 4 D42, D43, D44, D45
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 1 D48
Carrier, Loyd 2 D47, D48
Instruments Section (T.F.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 1 1F1
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd Shelter 1 1F2
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 1 1F3
"A" Vehicles Hvy Section (T.L.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd Shelter 2 1L1, 1L2
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 2 1L3, 1L4
"A" Vehicles Hvy Section (T.L.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd Shelter 2 2L1, 2L2
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 2 2L3 2L4
Wireless Section (T.Z.3) No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 1 1Z1

Army Tank Ordnance Field Park

Headquarters - Vehicle Types

No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 1 P
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Battery Storage 1 P20
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Battery Charging 1 P21
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, Water 1 P22
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Special Binned
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Binned
(both appear in source)
1 P23
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, G.S. 1 P4
No. 1 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 3 P6, P7, P8
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Binned 6 P9, P10, P11, P12, P13, P14
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, G.S. 1 P5
No. 2 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 5 P15, P16, P17, P18, P19
Motorcycle (Solo) 1 P3
No. 3 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater, 4wd 1 P1
Motorcycle (Solo) 1 P2

Army Tank Ordnance Workshop

Headquarters - Vehicle Types

No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater, 4wd 2 H, H1
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd for Shelters 1 H4
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 5 H5, H6, H7, H8, H9
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Machinery Type 'F' 1 H10
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Machinery Type 'H' 1 H11
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Machinery Type 'I" 1 H12
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Machinery Type 'K' 1 H13
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Machinery Type 'M' 1 H14
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Machinery Type 'Z' 1 H15
Motorcycle (Solo) 2 H2, H3
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, for Generators 1 H16
'A' Vehicles Section (T13/1) Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd for Shelters 1 1L
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools   1L1
Recovery Section (TD3/1) Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Carriers, T.P.C. 2 D, D1
Lorry, 5-ton, 4wd for personnel 1 D12
Lorry, 5-ton, 6wd Breakdown 2 D13, D14
Motorcycle (Solo) 10 D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11
Tractor, 6wd, Breakdown 4 D15, D16, D17, D18
Tractor, Tracked, D.8 2 D19, D20
Transporter, 40-ton 4 D21, D22, D23, D24
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, G.S. 1 D25
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, Water 1 D26
Trailer, 6-ton, Lt Recovery 2 D27, D28
Trailer, 20-ton, for D.8 2 D29, D30
Wireless Section (TZ3) - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater, 4wd 1 1Z

Army Ordnance Field Park

Headquarters - Vehicle Types

No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 3 P, P1, P2
Motorcycle 2 P5, P6
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 2 P13, P14
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Special Binned 1 P19
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Battery Storage 1 P21
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Battery Charging 1 P22
Truck, 15-cwt, 4wd, Water 2 P23, P24
No. 1 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Motorcycle 1 P7
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 1 P15
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Binned 23 P25, P26, P27, P28, P29, P30, P31, P32, P33, P34, P35, P36, P37, P38, P39, P40, P41, P42, P43, P44, P45, P46, P47
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Special Binned 1 P20
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 13 P48, P49, P50, P51, P52, P53, P54, P55, P56, P57, P58, P59, P60
No. 2 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Motorcycle 1 P8
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 1 P16
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Unbinned 30 P61, P62, P63, P64, P65, P66, P67, P68, P69, P70, P71, P72, P73, P74, P75, P76, P77, P78, P79, P80, P81, P82, P83, P84, P85, P86, P87, P88, P89, P90
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd, Coles Crane 1 P91
No. 3 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 2 P3, P4
Motorcycle 4 P9, P10, P11, P12
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 2 P17, P18

Army Ordnance Workshop

Headquarters, Army Ord W/S - Vehicle Types

No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 4-seater 1 H
Car, 2-seater 1 H1, H2
Motorcycle 4 H3, H4, H5, H6
Truck, 15-cwt, G.S. 2 H7, H8
Truck, 15-cwt, W.T. 1 H9
Truck, 15-cwt, for Gen 1 H10
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd, Stores & Tools 2 H11, H12
Lorry, 3-ton, 4wd or 6wd, Stores & Tools 2 H13, H14
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd, Mach 11 H15, H16, H17, H18, H19, H20, H21, H22, H23, H24, H25
Trailer, 3-ton, Mach. RAOC 2 H26, H27
Trailer, Generator, 22 K.W. 1 H28
Trailer, Generator, W/S Serv. Hvy 1 H29
Trailer, 3-ton, 4wd, RAOC Stores 3 H30, H31, H32
A.3 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Motorcycle (Solo) 1 1A
A.3/1 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Lorry, 3-ton. Mach 1 2A
D.2 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Motorcycle (Solo) 1 1D
Lorry, 30-cwt, 6wd Breakdown 1 1D1
Lorry, 3-ton, 6wd Breakdown 2 1D2, 1D3
Tractor, 6wd, Breakdown 1 1D4
Trailer, 6-ton, 4wd, Lt. Rec 2 1D5, 1D6
Z.3 Section - Vehicle Types No. of veh Tactical Marking(s)
Car, 2-seater 1 1Z

Notes

  1. From original document reproduced in Dingwall, Don Canadian Vehicle Markings: A Comprehensive Guide to the Colours and Markings of the Canadian Army Overseas During WWII (Canadian Tracks Publishing, Carp, ON) The document is dated 3 April 1942, signed by the Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General of the (1st) Canadian Corps.

 

 


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