The marking of military vehicles in WW II was described in Army Regulation 850-5 (AR 850-5) dated 05 August 1942.
A white five-pointed star will be the national symbol of all motor vehicles assigned to tactical units. The size of the national symbol will be determined for each type of motor vehicle and will be large enough to take advantage of the surface upon which to be painted. Whenever requirements for camouflage and concealment outweigh the requirements for recognition, the national symbol may be covered by lusterless olive-drab gasoline solvent paint, camouflage nets, oil and dirt, etc., or will be removed.
4th Armored Division - 37 Tank Battalion - Company C - 7th vehicle
4th Armored Division - 10th Armored Infantry Battalion - Company A - 10th vehicle
Front and rear markings are identical and consist of four groups in consecutive order, from the left to right when facing the vehicle, separated by a dash 1 inch long. Markings may be on a single line or on two lines, but in no case will groups be broken. If two lines are used, the first and third group will be on the top row.
Jeep of Reconnaissance Platoon, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion
M4A1 Tank of C Company, 37th Tank Battalion
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