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Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 22:38
by Ben
Hi Johan,

I've sent you a PM.

Regards,
Ben :)

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 20:14
by Ben
Dear readers and researchers,

After spending several years researching these codes, I bring some very exciting news. With the extreme help and assistance of Lois Montbertrand, we have now been able to locate the original First US Army Build-Up Priority Table, which lists more than 2,000 of these Unit Serial Numbers and the associated units to which they relate. The List that we have found is List "A", and shows all units which were projected to land in Normandy between D+1 and D+14.

The information has been digitized, and the Serial Numbers are now available in book form from our website. The book, entitled "Unit Serial Numbers from the "First U.S. Army Build-Up Priority Tables, List A, D+1 through D+14" D-Day (Normandy) - Top Secret - BIGOT NEPTUNE" (ISBN: 978-1-4476-7681-2) is printed in full colour, includes contemporary photographs and photographs from the collection of the authors (illustrating the Unit Serial Numbers), and also provides a historical background to the research and numerical system. The book is 159 pages, measures 8.5" x 11", and the price £35.00 including shipping worldwide. The Foreword has been prepared by Jon Gawne (author of Spearheading D-Day). The Book contains more than 2,300 Unit Serial Numbers and the associated units.

There are numerous units listed, but here is an overview:
- 1st Infantry Division
- 2d Armored Division
- 2d Infantry Regiment
- 3d Armored Division
- 4th Infantry Division
- 9th Infantry Division
- 28th Infantry Division
- 29th Infantry Division
- 30th Infantry Division
- 45th Infantry Division
- 82d Airborne Division
- 90th Infantry Division
- 101st Airborne Division
- 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
- Non-Divisional Units

The book is now available to purchase through our online book shop found at the following address:
http://med-dept.com/bookstore.php

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We are so pleased to be able to finally release these to the research world, after they have been hidden away in the US National Archives!

Thank you, and best regards,
Ben Major (Author).

P.S. A French version is also available (at the same price). Please contact me for the more information.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:02
by Ranger-Cpt
Our original Pyramidal has faint markings on it, I'll take a picture next time it's up.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 14:40
by Ben
That sounds very interesting indeed, Dale. Will certainly look forward to seeing the photographs when you have chance.

Kind regards,
Ben :)

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 16:56
by johan willaert
johan willaert wrote:The July 2011 issue of the French Militaria Magazine has an article on D-Day POM codes....


It is indeed an anouncement of your book, along with the identification of some color bar codes that were published in Jon's Spearheading D-Day...

AND a warning that this new book might lead to faking items with color bar markings now that they are known...

He does refer to both a Colour and B/W version, both in either English or French....

Is that so?

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 18:43
by Ben
Hi Johan,

Thanks for your message. Yes, there will be a black and white version of the English and French edition, but we're still waiting for the ISBN to be assigned to these, so that usually takes a few weeks.

Regards,
Ben.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:48
by medicairborne
There will be a color version in the French edition ?
Regards,

Rémi

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 14:02
by Ben
Dear Rémi,

Yes: the colour French edition is available to purchase in our Book Store:
www.med-dept.com/bookstore.php (see last book).

Regards,
Ben.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 01:11
by sgtpeter
Just picked up some photos from 176th Medical Battalion. One of the photos has a POM code of 44343 which I believe was for HQ Company. Also, they wear 1st Army patches on their uniforms.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 19:15
by Ben
Yes Peter, it's Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment, 176th Medical Battalion.

Regards,
Ben.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 14:43
by Alain
Hi Guys,
I just received my copy of the Book "Unit Serial Numbers from the First US Army Build-Up Priority Tables, List "A" today.

This REALLY is some great stuff ! At last some very dedicated people took the initiative and some precious time to investigate, research, explore, and edit the data based on priceless vintage documents available at the National Archives, and to publish this wonderful book.

Sincerest CONGRATULATIONS to Lois and Ben, for providing WW2 historians, scholars, collectors, and re-enactors with this 'unique' document and for publishing this stunning book in such a limited time ...

Needless to add, that I strongly recommend the book to those interested in the subject.

Cheers,

Alain

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 17:40
by johan willaert
I can only echo Alain's comment.... this is a great source of information!

Within a few minutes of reading I was able to identify a CS79 battery box from my collection to the 293rd Joint Assault Signal Company (JASCo) attached to the 6th ESB on Omaha Beach as well as a picture of a WLA motorcycle to the 82nd Combat Engineer Bn.... Only thing I can say is WOW!!!!

Thanks also for putting my name in the acknowledgements, although there is a typo but that's no big deal....

I will highly recommend this book to anyone I know...

Johan

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 20:25
by Filthy
Hey do you know this one ?
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Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 22:22
by Ben
Alain and Johan,

Sincerest thanks for your most kind words about the new book. Lois and I are very pleased with the result, and all that remains now is to find and publish the other lists! Thank you both for your support, and Johan; apologies for the typo. I'll see to it that it's corrected ASAP.

Anthony, I'm afraid there's no record of that Serial Number in the List "A".

Regards,
Ben.

Re: [REF] Preparation for Overseas Movement Markings

Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:26
by Alain
Hi Anthony,
First of all, kindly note that Serial Numbers starting with numeral 8 are not included in the book.

I'm pretty sure the Serial Number you illustrated belongs to a specific medical unit (ref. the Medical Officer's name);
I've come across quite a few of these numbers (consisting of a number of numerals, followed by a hyphen, and a letter) while studying and reviewing unit reports of Hospitals and other medical units ... they are referred to as 'unit codes' and designate the codes of units being forwarded to their staging areas.
Of course, it might be worthwhile to try and identify the colored bars as well.

Just my two cents.
Cheers,

Alain