Current British milityary map symbols

Discussion in 'Gunners' started by Bilbo42, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. Hi. Can someone point out a site that i can go to that will give me current British military (army) map symbols. What I mean is like the rectangle with the X inside it with Roman numerals over it. Something like that. I am interested in division , brigade, regiment, battery etc with what the symbols and the different numbers mean.Thanks, Bil
  2. I don't know if there's a website but here's some detail:

    A rectangle denotes a 'unit' (there are other types of symbol than unit). Each unit symbol is connected to a map by a line to show its location; where the line joins the symbol in the bottom center, it denotes the location of the whole unit, if it is connected vertically to the bottom left corner (like a flag staff), it is the HQ of the unit denoted.

    Each symbol has a number of features that help to describe its type etc. One of these (as you highlight) is the size/comd status. This is the minor symbol placed above the rectangle. It can be one of the following:

    1 x ball - detechment
    2 x balls - section
    3 x balls - platoon/troop
    1 x short verticle line - company/squadron*
    2 x short verticle lines - battalion/regiment*
    1 x 'x' or star - Brigade
    2 x 'x' or star - Division
    3 x 'x' or stars Army
    4 x 'x' or stars - Army Group

    *can also have a hat or box placed over it to denote a grouping (eg, company group or battle group).

    The numbers at either side of the unit box denotes its own title and the title of its 'one-up' higher comd (eg, '29 PC&M' on left and '104 Log' on right might equal 29 PC&M of 104 Log).

    The sybology within the rectangle further describes the function of the unit, of which there are many. Examples include:

    A diagonal cross - infantry
    An oval/tank track - armour
    A conventional cross - med
    A key - log
    1 x diagonal line - recce
    A funnel - pet
    A bomb - ammo
    A cute little parchute - para
    A small ball (gun barrel, end on) - Arty
    A propellor - Avn
    A wavy line - amphib

    You can join some symbols together to make composit or specialist unit types (eg a funnel and wavy live and tank track = an armoured amphiobious petroleum unit (probably experimental)).

    etc etc, make up your own, it's fun. Or failing that, go to staff college and learn all about it.

    Some of the above may be slightly incorrect.
  3. Drag - you need a hobby dude!

    Good skills.

  4. What makes you think that isnt my hobby?

  5. You've explained precisely 50% of the markings. Now explain double lines to cover the other half. ;)
  6. Except we don't do that any more.

    Allied forces = Blue and/or square symbol
    Enemy forces = Red and/or diamond symbol
  7. Tom's site is indeed an excellent resource.

    There is also a Wikipedia article: not particularly easy to follow, but scroll down to "Unit icons" and "Unit sizes" for the basics:
  8. 8O 8O 8O So there was a threat, after all? Oh Sh1t! Why does nobody ever tell me these things?

  9. There is a map marking tutorial and its rather good (full colour, logical and all that crap) - it was created by the RA I believe I got a copy on a course last year. A spotters delight - b*gger that I just use my aide memoire and stencil ;-)

    Its rather large but feel free to PM me if you want a copy.
  10. I don't know why but an involuntary shudder went down my spine when I read this post. Perhaps it was a flash-back to AJD or ICSC(L), I don't know which...
  11. They used to be available on the ARRSE downloads section, which doesn't appear to exist since they revamped the site about 2 years ago.

    You used to be able to get map marking symbols, lesson plans and all sorts.

    Now I have to work instead...