5TH 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 and overall a red lightning flash bend sinisterwise. In the apex the Arabic numeral "5" in black letters.

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.




Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a green breastplate edged in white two white spearheads in saltire; around the waist a white scroll inscribed "ARMIS ET FIDE" in green letters.

Symbolism
The green breastplate and crossed white spears allude to the role of the organization within the Army. The motto translates to "Arms and Fidelity" and expresses the intent to conquer all opposition.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 8 September 1942.





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