How do I read a date code?

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by Seroster, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    I'm looking at some British message forms (20th Anti-Tank Reg't RA) from 1945 and they have date codes like:


    I think that that indicates 28th of whatever month, 1300 hours. And (if they don't list a month) you'd have to read the month as implied based on the location of the document (in a file). Is that right?

    Last edited: Aug 25, 2018
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    In short: yes, yes and yes!
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  3. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Thanks, idler!
  4. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    I think it might make more sense if seen on a message form. Army Form B2504 had the date entered at the top in full. Under the date/time column the shorthand you asked about is used, so as Idler noted the day of the month, then the time in 24hr clock format to give a six digit identifier. Probably some better explanation available than mine if you have a search for say AF B2504 or some such.

  5. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Well, these seem to be Form C2136 (Small) with no date at the top.

    I've attached an image here as an example.

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    Gary Kennedy Member

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