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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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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    Thanks for the info Jerry, I only just spotted this! Slow readers group...
    Yep, me too "double slow" on this one - Keep up lad!!

    Great info Jerry, very useful and duly noted!

    Regards

    Mark
    PS. As an aside re the Hobsons hat you posted; I recall when I was a recruit instructor (Drill Sgt for US members) in 1985 I drove in my private car to Hobsons in Tooley St, London Bridge (that premises is long since closed) to collect 45 private purchase No1 dress hats ordered by my recruits as they were far better than the issued "bus conductor hats". These days Hobsons have the MOD contract for my old corps. Looks like the brass agreed with us in the end!!
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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    Found this on eBay a while back.. I don’t recall exactly what the cap was, but the important thing is that it confirms the date/code combination - B as 1922.
    A nice early example.
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    looks more like an 8 than a B
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    You’re right there, Jerry.
    I just took it to be a character from the layout, rather than a number.
    Cancel my last!

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    an update on this, which now starts for 1931, thanks to Bruce Rolph.
    Z= 1931
    Y= 1932
    X= 1933
    W= 1934
    V= 1935
    U= 1936
    T= 1937
    S= 1938
    R= 1939
    Q= 1940
    P= 1941
    O= 1942
    N= 1943
    M= 1944
    Z= 1945
    L= 1946
    E,P= 1947
    R,J= 1948
    J,A= 1949
    A,B=1950
    B= 1951
    C= 1952
    L= 1953
    M= 1954
    D,O,=1955
    T= 1956
    S= 1957
    F= 1958
    X= 1959
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Odd that there was a neat, logical system in place, at first, then it all went to rats in 1945!

    Very helpful update. Many thanks, Jerry!

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    G'day all,

    I have found a few items over the years that add to the list above.

    I have a similar list but compiled by letter with associated dates beside each. mostly the same as above but with a few extras

    Z= 1931, 1945
    Y= 1932
    X=1933, 1959
    W=1933 & 1934
    V= 1935
    U=1935 & 1936
    T=1937, 1955 & 1956
    S=1938 & 1957
    R=1939, (1944 only one item seen a bed roll) & 1948
    Q=1940
    P=1940 (only one item seen thus far), 1941 & 1947
    O=1942, early 1943 & 1955
    N=1942 & 1943
    M=1944 & 1954
    L=1945, 1946 & 1953
    J= 1948 & 1949
    F=1958
    E=1947
    D=1955
    C=1952
    B=1950 & early 1951
    A=1949 & early 1950
    WWII British broad arrow letter codes and their meaning
    R 1944 dated bedding roll

    WWII British broad arrow letter codes and their meaning
    P 1940 dated forage cap

    WWII British broad arrow letter codes and their meaning
    N 1942 dated airtext shirt

    WWII British broad arrow letter codes and their meaning
    U 1935 dated pith helmet

    WWII British broad arrow letter codes and their meaning
    T 1955 dated battle dress

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