The following report gives some Italian tank signals used by Italian
forces operating in the North African theater.
(a) A triangular white (wooden) signal;
Shown repeatedly, means, "Pay Attention."
Shown continuously, "Go on or Stop" according to whether the signal is made at the halt or on the move.
(b) A triangular white signal above a triangular red signal;
Shown repeatedly, "Increase distance and space between tanks"
Moved sideways intermittently, "Form line."
Moved sideways continuously, "Form wedge."
(c) A triangular red signal above a triangular white signal;
Shown repeatedly, "Reduce distances and spaces between tanks."
Moved back to front intermittently, "Form columns."
Moved back to front continuously, "Form half platoons in line abreast."
(d) A triangular red signal;
Shown continuously, "I am in trouble," "I cannot carry out my task."
All of these signals, except that last, which is made only by the tank that
is in difficulty, are made by the unit commander; and individual tanks repeat
the signal to show that they have been understood.