It is evident that motor-maintenance vehicles should bear distinctive markings by
which they may be readily identified. On the other hand, an order captured from the
Germans would appear to indicate that such vehicles should not be so clearly marked
as to permit easy identification by enemy observers.
The above-mentioned order was captured from a German reconnaissance unit operating in
North Africa and reads as follows:
"It is forbidden to mark gasoline and oil supply trucks with distinctive yellow or black-white-red
disks, and these must be removed. Enemy aircraft can destroy easily recognizable gasoline
and oil supply vehicles with incendiary ammunition. Gasoline supply trucks
and gasoline-and-spare-parts supply trucks are to be marked with a blue 'B' made to stand
out slightly by a pale yellow outline around its edges. Vehicles belonging to maintenance
groups, sections, and light detachments are to be marked with a special 'J'."