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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 8/31/2005 2:45:38 PM EDT

I've done a couple of google searchs now and come up with bupkis. But I figure someone here likely knows the answer:

What are the "V" shaped markings on the skirt and turret of the M1 Abrams for?
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 3:05:15 PM EDT
Friendly forces ID
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 3:13:38 PM EDT
More or less. The direction in which the arrow is facing indicates which platoon the tank belongs to.

eg forward = 1st platoon.

NTM
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 3:31:58 PM EDT

Thank you! That's been bugging me for a while now.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 4:57:54 PM EDT
We had them on our Braldeys in 1985 to be used as a tactical unit identifier also.
My Bradley had a "O" painted on the side and three ( III ) painted on the turret.

I would say they are for both Friendly ID and Unit ID
This is my Bradley in 1985 ( C-3-1, C-1/5 Cav)
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