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Military Map Symbol, Antiaircraft Artillery
Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA)
Military Map Symbol, Armored Command
Armored Command
Military Map Symbol, Army Air Forces
Army Air Forces
Military Map Symbol, Field Artillery
Artillery (not AA or coastal)
Military Map Symbol, Horse Cavalry
Cavalry (horse)
Military Map Symbol, Mechanized Cavalry
Cavalry (mechanized)
Military Map Symbol, Chemical Warfare Services
Chemical Warfare Services
Military Map Symbol, Coastal Artillery
Coastal Artillery
Military Map Symbol, Engineer Unit
Engineer Unit
Military Map Symbol, Infantry
Infantry
Military Map Symbol, Medical Corps
Medical Corps
Military Map Symbol, Ordnance Department
Ordnance Department
Military Map Symbol, Quartermaster Corps
Quartermaster Corps
Military Map Symbol, Signal Corps
Signal Corps
Military Map Symbol, Tank Destroyer
Tank Destroyer
Military Map Symbol, Transportation Corps
Transportation Corps
Military Map Symbol, Veterinary Corps
Veterinary Corps
Airborne elements / units are designated by combining a "gull wing" symbol with the arm or service symbol as follows:


Military Map Symbol, Airborne Artillery
Airborne Artillery
Military Map Symbol, Airborne Infantry
Airborne Infantry
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:


Military Map Symbol, Infantry Squad
Squad
Military Map Symbol, Infantry Section
Section
Military Map Symbol, Infantry Platoon
Platoon
Military Map Symbol, Infantry Company / Troop / Battery / Flight
Company / Troop / Battery / Flight
Military Map Symbol, Infantry Battalion / Cavalry Squadron / Air Force Squadron
Battalion / Cavalry Sqdrn / AF Sqdrn
Military Map Symbol, Infantry Regiment / Group / Combat Team
Regiment / Group / Combat Team
Military Map Symbol, Brigade Command / Armored Division / Air Force Wing
Brigade Cmd / Armored Div / AF Wing
Military Map Symbol, Division / Command of an Air Force
Division / Command of an Air Force
Military Map Symbol, Corps / Air Force
Corps / Air Force
Military Map Symbol, Army Group
Army
Military Map Symbol, Group of Armies
Group of Armies
Specialized weapon types receive their own symbols on a military map:


Military Map Symbol, Machine Gun Section
Machine Gun
Military Map Symbol, Gun
Gun
Military Map Symbol, Gun Battery
Gun Battery
Military Map Symbol, Howitzer / Mortar
Howitzer / Mortar
Military Map Symbol, Combat Tank (Tracked Vehicle)
Tank
Military Map Symbol, Mechanized Self-Propelled Gun (SPG)
Self-Propelled Gun
Putting it All Together

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:


Military Map Symbol, Company 'A', 137th Infantry
Company A, 137th Infantry
Military Map Symbol, 8th Field Artillery Battalion
8th Field Artillery Battalion
Military Map Symbol, Cbt Cmd A, 1st Armored Division
Cbt Cmd A, 1st Armored Division
Military Map Symbol, Obsv Post, 23d Infantry
Obsv Post, 23d Infantry
Military Map Symbol, Cmd Post, 5th Infantry Div
Cmd Post, 5th Infantry Div
Military Map Symbol, Btw 137th & 138th Infantry
Btw 137th & 138th Infantry



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