Basic Military Map Symbols

Antiaircraft Artillery

Map Symbol, Antiaircraft Artillery

Armored Command

Map Symbol, Armored Command

Army Air Forces

Map Symbol, Army Air Forces

Artillery, except Antiaircraft and Coast Artillery

Map Symbol, Artillery (except Antiaircraft and Coast Artillery)

Cavalry, Horse

Map Symbol, Cavalry, Horse

Cavalry, Mechanized

Map Symbol, Cavalry, Mechanized

Chemical Warfare Service

Map Symbol, Chemical Warfare Service

Coast Artillery

Map Symbol, Coast Artillery


Map Symbol, Engineers


Map Symbol, Infantry

Medical Corps

Map Symbol, Medical Corps

Ordnance Department

Map Symbol,  Ordnance Department

Quartermaster Corps

Map symbol, Quartermaster Corps

Signal Corps

Map Symbol, Signal Corps

Tank Destroyer

Map Symbol, Tank Destroyer

Transportation Corps

Map Symbol, Transportation Corps

Veterinary Corps

Map Symbol, Veterinary Corps
Airborne units are designated by combining a gull wing
symbol with the arm or service symbol:

Airborne Artillery

Map Symbol, Airborne Artillery

Airborne Infantry

Map Symbol, Airborne Infantry

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


Unit Size Symbol, Squad


Unit Size Symbol, Section


Unit Size Symbol, Platoon

Company, troop, battery, Air Force flight                  

Unit Size Symbol, Company, troop, battery of Air Force flight

Battalion, cavalry squadron, or Air Force squadron          

Unit size symbol, Battalion, Cavalry Squadron or Air Force Squadron

Regiment or group; combat team (with abbreviation CT following identifying numeral)

Unit Size Symbol, Regiment , group, or combat team

Brigade, Combat Command of Armored Division, or Air Force Wing

Unit Size Symbol, Brigade, Combat Command of an Armored Division, or Air Force Wing

Division or Command of an Air Force                     

Unit Size Symbol, Division or Command of an Air Force

Corps or Air Force                                    

Unit Size Symbol, Corps or Air Force
Army Unit Size Symbol, Army

Group of Armies

Unit Size Symbol, Group of Armies

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 Letters or numbers above or below
 boundary lines designate the units separated by the lines

Company A, 137th Infantry              

Unit Map Symbol, Company  A, 137th Infantry

8th Field Artillery Battalion               

Unit Map Symbol,  8th Field Artillery

Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division  

Unit Map Symbol, Combat Command A, 1st Armored Division

Observation Post, 23d Infantry             

Unit Map Symbol, Observation Post, 23d Infantry

Command Post, 5th Infantry Division       

Unit Map Symbol, Command Post, 5th Infantry Division

Boundary between 137th and 138th Infantry

Unit May Symbol, Boundary between 137th and 138th Infantry

Machine gun         

Map symbol, Machine Gun


Map symbol, Gun

Gun battery          

Map Symbol, Gun Battery

Howitzer or Mortar    

Map Symbol, Howitzer or Mortar


Map symbol, tank

Self-propelled gun     

Map symbol, Self-propelled gun

page created 15 January 2002

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