2nd Armored Division, A-1-331


2nd Armored Division
Hell on Wheels
Inactivated 15 December 1995
 

Description/Blazon
An equilateral triangle, one point up, above a horizontal tab attached in base, the overall dimensions of triangle and tab 4 1/16 inches (10.32 cm) in height and 3 7/8 inches (9.84 cm) in width, the triangle divided into three sections, the upper section yellow, the dexter section blue and the sinister section red, overall 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 "2" in black, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) green border, with the inscription "HELL ON WHEELS" in black letters 5/16 inch (.79 cm) in height.
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 an Arabic numeral.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved on 22 November 1940. It was amended for the addition of a tab on 16 August 1954. The insignia was further amended to revise the design to make the insignia and tab in one piece on 4 November 1970.
(TIOH Dwg. No. A-1-331
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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