Marco Map Reference Code

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  1. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Anyone know anything about Marco Map Reference Code?

    Here is the context from the 59th HAA war diaries, Feb 1943;


    It is clearly a code used to communicate map references. But a quick search on the net didn't reveal any information.
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  2. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    Hello Steve,

    From 8th Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps’ war diary for 1 Mar 1943,

    “ [?] Map Reference Code abolished and replaced by Marco Map ref. code.”

    An appendix in mentioned which I don’t have. I would guess that “Marco” is short for Map Reference Code. I haven’t been able to find any more information about it.

    8 KRRC 1943 03 01.jpg

    Have a look at this thread. British Army Map Reference Point Code. This seems to be a later (1 Dec 1943) system.

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  3. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Thanks Richard, it looks like Marco was only in use for about 8 months in 1943, so not very significant.
  4. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    Looks like an early runner for BATCO ( battlecode) used by the army in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
    Basically a key code given in the message gave you the line of letters to use which transcribed to numbers after deciphering.

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  5. Wiserman

    Wiserman New Member

    I did not know about the Marco Map Code. Interesting.

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