U.S. Army Vehicle Markings 1944

Jean Bouchery, Philippe Charbonnier

The ultimate guide to the markings used on U.S. Army tanks, lorries and Jeeps in 1944, invaluable to historians, modelers and collectors.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Illustration :
300 photographs, over 200 illustrations, maps
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ISBN : 9781612007373
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
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Everyone is familiar with the iconic WWII Jeep, its green paintwork annotated with white letters, numbers and symbols. Unintelligible to the casual observer, these markings were integral to the organization of the U.S. Army on the move in 1944.

This uniquely detailed guide covers all the markings used on American tanks and tracked vehicles, lorries and jeeps to denote their unit and classification, plus tactical markings and the debarkation codes used in the Normandy landings. Hundreds of contemporary photographs are paired with precise color diagrams to show exactly how markings appeared on vehicles, including the exact measurements, and explain all the different variations in use. A final chapter covers the variations of camouflage used on vehicles.

The perfect reference book for modelers, collectors, and restorers of historic vehicles, and a fascinating guide to anyone wanting to use WWII photographs to aid their research.

About The Author

Jean Bouchery, born before the war in Normandy, is a renowned specialist of the Allied Armies of WW2. He has authored several best-selling books such as The British Solider 1939-45, the Canadian Soldier 1939-45, and Allies in Batledress.

Philippe Charbonnier, born in 1962, is a journalist and editor of the French ‘Militaria Magazine,’ and specializes in the United States forces of World War Two.


Lend-Lease vehicles
Communications: The Red Ball Express
The Organization of the U.S. Army
Common markings Unit markings


"The hundreds of contemporary photos are paired with precise color diagrams to show exactly how markings appeared on vehicles, including the exact measurements of markings, and explaining all the different variations in use."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"If this isn't the definitive guide to US Army vehicles markings in 1944, any contender will be hard pressed to top this collection of 324 black and white photos (handful in color) and 396 color illustrations (for placement purposes on bumpers, sides, tops, etc., with most of these bumper markings paired with photos)."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The photos alone should be an inspiration to modelers and there are a goodly number in color, which is a treat."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"The authors Mr. Bouchery and Mr. Charbonnier have done an exceptional job with this book comprehensively covering US Army Vehicle Markings, circa 1944. They successfully examine and explain a topic that is fairly complex, yet make it easy to understand for both novices and “experts”. I have to say that I’ve learned a lot by reading this book. [...] A "Must Have"."

- War Wheels

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