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WWII British broad arrow letter codes and their meaning

Article about: Just adding this for reference , but the letter codes for WWII British arrow marked items is as follows; R=1939 Q=1940 P=1941 O=1942 N=1943 M=1944 L=1945 though Z can also equal 1945 The pos

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    Just adding this for reference , but the letter codes for WWII British arrow marked items is as follows;

    R=1939 Q=1940 P=1941 O=1942 N=1943 M=1944 L=1945 though Z can also equal 1945

    The post war sequence is not known, but it should be possible to work it out if enough dated and arrow marked items were available for study. During WWI it appears that they used a code sequence of letters based on the issuing depots, which has been posted on the Great war forum. I don't think any work has yet been done on the interwar years, but I think they put the date below the arrow in most cases.

    Shown is a double marked item of headgear with an arrow marked and dated label and a Letter code marked broad arrow stamp.
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    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Cool, I never knew that Thank you
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    Paul

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    Not my research so I'm posting a link to this on WWI letter codes from the Great War forum.

    RACD Acceptance Stamp--Might have answer on Letter codes - Uniforms & Cap Badges - Great War Forum
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    Jerry

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    Cheers Jerry!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    ?=1933-36
    t=1937 & 1956 *
    s=1938 & 1957
    r= 1939 & 1948
    q=1940
    p=1941
    o=1942
    n=1943
    m=1944 & 1953
    z=1945
    l=1945, 1946 & 1953
    e,p=1947 *
    r=1948
    a=1949
    b,a=1950 *
    b=1951
    c=1952
    l=1953
    m=1954
    d,o,t=1955 *
    t=1956 & 1937
    s=1957
    f=1958
    x=1959 *
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    Jerry

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    U on a 1935 dated Pith helmet.


    This suggests that the wartime system was in place prior to the war.

    U=191935/36 T=1937 S=1938 R=1939 Q=1940 P=1941 O=1942 N=1943 M=1944 L=1945 though Z can also equal 1945
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    Jerry

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    Thanks for the info Jerry, I only just spotted this! Slow readers group...
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