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Military Map Symbols

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/13/2014

Because, some day, you may just find yourself needing to decipher one.

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Map Symbol, Antiaircraft Artillery
Antiaircraft Artillery
Map Symbol, Armored Command
Armored Command
Map Symbol, Army Air Forces
Army Air Forces
Map Symbol, Artillery
Artillery (sans AA and Coastal)
Map Symbol, Antiaircraft Artillery
Cavalry (Horse)
Map Symbol, Armored Command
Cavalry (Mechanized)
Map Symbol, Antiaircraft Artillery
Chemical Warfare Services
Map Symbol, Armored Command
Coastal Artillery
Map Symbol, Engineer Unit
Engineer Unit
Map Symbol, Infantry Unit
Infantry
Map Symbol, Medical Corps
Medical Corps
Map Symbol, Ordnance Department
Ordnance Department
Map Symbol, Quartermaster Corps
Quartermaster Corps
Map Symbol, Signal Corps
Signal Corps
Map Symbol, Tank Destroyer
Tank Destroyer
Map Symbol, Transportation Corps
Transportation Corps
Map Symbol, Veterinary Corps
Veterinary Corps
NOTE: Airborne units are designated by combining a gull wing symbol with the arm or service symbol as follows in two examples:
Map Symbol, Airborne Artillery
Airborne Artillery
Map Symbol, Airborne Infantry
Airborne Infantry

Size Symbology


The following symbols placed either in boundary lines or above the rectangle, triangle, or circle enclosing the identifying arm or service symbol indicate the size of military organization:

Map Symbol, Squad
Squad
Map Symbol, Section
Section
Map Symbol, Platoon
Platoon
Map Symbol, Company, Troop, Battery, Air Force Flight
Company/Troop/Battery/Flight
Map Symbol, Battlaion, Cavalry Squadron or Air Force Squadron
Battalion/Cav Sqdrn/AF Sqdrn
Map Symbol, Regiment or Group, Combat Team
Regiment/Group/Combat Team
Map Symbol, Brigade, Combat Command of Armored Division, Air Force Wing
Brigade/Cmd Armored Div/AF Wing
Map Symbol, Division or Command of an Air Force
Div/Cmd of an Air Force
Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Corps/Air Force
Map Symbol, Army
Army
Map Symbol, Brigade, Group of Armies
Group of Armies

Weapons on a Military Map


Large weapon types receive their own symbols on a military map:

Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Machine Gun
Map Symbol, Army
Gun
Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Gun Battery
Map Symbol, Army
Howitzer/Mortar
Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Tank
Map Symbol, Army
Self-Propelled Gun

Putting It All Together: Examples


The letter or number to the left of the symbol indicates the unit designation; that to the right, the designation of the parent unit to which it belongs to. Letters or numbers above or below boundary lines designate the units separated by the lines:

Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Company A, 137th Inf
Map Symbol, Army
8th Field Art Bat
Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Cbt Cmd A, 1st Arm Div
Map Symbol, Army
Obsv Post, 23d Inf
Map Symbol, Brigade, Corps or Air Force
Cmd Post, 5th Inf Div
Map Symbol, Army
Btw 137th and 138th Inf