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Vierville
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Gauteng, South Africa
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:33 AM UTC
Hi guys. I was just wondering, does anyone know what insignia units like the 741st and 743rd tank battalions wore on their jackets during the Normandy period?

I know units like the 2nd Armored Division had the triangular red, yellow and blue patch with a '2' on them, but am not sure what insignia other tank units wore?

Thanks!
shermadude
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 03:26 AM UTC
Same insignia as armored divisions,but with the tank battalion number at the top.
Regards,Bob
Vierville
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 03:52 AM UTC
Thanks Robert. Somebody I spoke to suggested that the above units (741st and 743rd tank battalions) wore the '2' patch of the U.S. Second Army on their tanker jackets?

Would that sound accurate?

Thanks guys!
shermadude
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 05:09 AM UTC
Hi,
Don't know why they would,the 2nd U.S. Army was a training formation stationed in the states. The 741st spent a lot of time attached to the 2nd Infantry Division,but being tankers they wouldn't wear 2nd I.D. patches unless they were ordered to! The 743rd spent time attached to the 29th I.D.,1st I.D., and 3rd Armored. They finally ended up with the 30th I.D. where they served until the end of the war. Again no reason to wear a 2nd Army patch or any infantry div. patches either.
Hope this helps.
Regards,Bob
Vierville
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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 02:17 AM UTC
Thanks Bob for your info. I can't see why they'd be wearing a 2nd Army patch either after the explanation you gave.

I've only ever seen the triangle armored division patch so I'll stick to that. There are a few nice decals around for those too.
27-1025
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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 07:53 AM UTC
If youre interested, Id highly recommend the book Move Out Verify - The Combat Story Of The 743rd Tank Battalion. The book was written and published in Frankfurt in July 1945. BTW the cover shows their patch which is the Armor Triangle with 743 in the yellow field.
11Bravo_C2
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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM UTC
Just for the shoulder patch. I cannot verify what is written in this site.

http://www.sproe.com/s/743rd-tank-battalion.html