Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War

The following few pages are excerpted from the U. S. Army Field Manual (FM 21-25),
Basic Map Reading, published by the U. S. War Department in April of 1941. The
excerpt will help the reader unfamiliar with military map symbols interpret the maps in
this study.
0 7. MILrrARY SYxsors.-Conventional signs indicate various
types of terrain feaures. Military symbols have been devel-
oped to represent various types of military organizations,
activities, and installations. FMVI 21-30 lists various standard-
ized military symbols. Figure 4 shows some of those most fre-
quently used. These symbols are used to indicate size and
identity of various units and installations, type and location
of supporting weapons, and necessary lines and boundaries
for an operation. A material saving of time in giving orders
for military operations may be achieved by using military
symbols to outline operations on a map or a mrnap substitute.
1. To indicate purpose or character of activity.
Military post or station; command post or headquarters_. P
(Lower end of staff or symbol will terminate at point of
establishment represented.)
Troop unit-_- _ _ _ _ _ _ C
(On large scale maps where troop units can be shown to
scale, this symbol may be modified so as to show area
occupied by units in column or line, thus:
Line Column .)
Observation post -----------------------------
Dump, park, or distributing point temporaryy depot %
in combat zone)- _ .- - - -____-_ 4-
Supply train or transportion unit _------------- - - -
2. To indicate arm or service or activity of arm or service.-These
symbols will be placed generally within the symbols shown in 1
Air Corps______---.- _ - __ - - - _
Armored Force - -__
Flouas 4.-pecial military symbols.


Montandon, Joshua W. Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. Accessed December 17, 2014.