WW2 British /Canadian map symbols

Discussion in 'General' started by COMMANDO, Sep 30, 2011.


    COMMANDO Senior Member

    Can someone help me with a list of the tactical map symbols used by the British and Canadian forces during ww2 ???

    Thanks in advance
  2. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    Here's a list of Military Conventional Signs dated 1941 for insertion into the Field Service Pocket book.

    Map symbols 1941.jpg

    Interesting to see that red is for own forces and blue for the enemy, the opposite of today's system.


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  3. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    There's a bit on that here, if it really is of interest!

    Link fixed!
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  4. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    I thought the assumption was that British were marked in red and the enemy in blue because we wore red coats and the enemy were usually French who wore blue. The official history of the first world war shows the French in Blue and the Germans in green.
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  5. Wiserman

    Wiserman New Member

    These maps are interesting. Thanks for posting.
  6. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Found this in some war diaries.

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