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Tank semaphore


GRANVILLE

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Not sure if this is the best section but does anyone know much about the semaphores used on tanks? I'm working on a large scale model of the Mk V and am not sure what colours the discs were painted or for that matter what messages were sent using them or how they were read. I've noticed on a restored tank the semaphores seem to have been painted a pale green colour, which seems a bit indistinct to me. Any info appreciated.

David  

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Is it the mechanical Paddle Semaphore system or the Disc Code? 

If it's the latter this thread tells you all about the three Disc System in splendid GWF detail.  

 

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I presume I'm concerned with the paddle type - operated by the tank commander from within the tank, via a rise and fall pole controlling two arms with circular paddles or discs on the ends.

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Here's paddle type.  Certainly the arms are white and something.  There are some colourised photos about that suggest the other colour was red.

IWM - Semaphore.jpg

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6 hours ago, GRANVILLE said:

Not sure if this is the best section but does anyone know much about the semaphores used on tanks? I'm working on a large scale model of the Mk V and am not sure what colours the discs were painted or for that matter what messages were sent using them or how they were read. I've noticed on a restored tank the semaphores seem to have been painted a pale green colour, which seems a bit indistinct to me. Any info appreciated.

David  

Hi

The 4th Tank Battalion War Diaries has some drawings of the actual signals, WO95/110/4 June 1918:

WW2RAFsqnest242.jpg.8a509c4567c69f3cc4fdcf5233db5377.jpg

And WO95/110/5. July 1918:WW2RAFsqnest243.jpg.75d9ba60601dfffda9dac5be91a83f63.jpg

I hope that is of use.

Mike

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6 hours ago, MikeMeech said:

Hi

The 4th Tank Battalion War Diaries has some drawings of the actual signals, WO95/110/4 June 1918:

WW2RAFsqnest242.jpg.8a509c4567c69f3cc4fdcf5233db5377.jpg

And WO95/110/5. July 1918:WW2RAFsqnest243.jpg.75d9ba60601dfffda9dac5be91a83f63.jpg

I hope that is of use.

Mike

Absolutely marvellous!

David

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8 hours ago, TullochArd said:

Here's paddle type.  Certainly the arms are white and something.  There are some colourised photos about that suggest the other colour was red.

IWM - Semaphore.jpg

Brilliant.

David

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This why I was asking. 

David 

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20220608_132231.jpg

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Looking good David.  Top photo "Attack" and bottom photo "Enemy in sight"?

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