4TH ARMORED DIVISION
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
On an equilateral triangle with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) green border, 3 7/16 inches (8.73 cm) in height overall, one point up, divided into three sections, the upper section yellow, the dexter section blue and the sinister section red, a gun bendwise in front of a tank track and wheels all black surmounted by a red lightning flash bend sinisterwise. In the apex the Arabic numeral "4" in black.

Symbolism
Yellow, blue, and red are the colors of the branches from which armored units were formed. The tank tread, gun, and lightning flash are symbolic of mobility, power, and speed. The Division's designation is in Arabic numerals.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 22 November 1940. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-333)




Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a vertical silver gauntlet grasping a lightning flash horizontally in front of a triangle with one point up and divided vertically blue and red.

Symbolism
The triangle and the colors blue, yellow and red are allusions to the Armored Division shoulder sleeve insignia. The gauntlet and lightning flash refer to the spearheading drive of the 4th Armored across France into Germany in World War II. The four segments of the wristguard of the gauntlet represent the numerical designation of the Division.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 8 September 1965.





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