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Gaborsky #1 Posted May 13 2017 - 01:39

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Hello tankers,

I just unlocked my e50m the other day, and I love customizing my tier X vehicles with inscriptions, flags and camo. I've taken a few years of German, so I understand what most of the Inscriptions mean, but one that struck me as my favorite on that tank is the one that I can not figure out: the RA inscription. 

For those WW2 history enthusiasts, this is a challenging question that might stump you guys, as it did me. A bit of a background first:

 

I did my research on german number schemes, and basically the following is what I found: they used a 3 digit number system: the first number is the Company, 2nd number is the platoon, 3rd number is the tank.

 

For example, the famous Tiger 1 tank from Fury was tank 113: it belonged to the 1st regiment, 1st platoon, and was the 3rd tank in that platoon. 

For regimental tanks, the first digit they used was R, so regimental tank #1 would be R01. 

 

Here is where it gets confusing. I can not find a single source that explains the RA inscription. I know of no precedent that a German tank in WW2 would be "numbered" with letters, let alone follow a 2 digit format. 

I will probably put on this sticker regardless of the meaning as I think it looks really cool, but I was just wondering if anyone knows about this scheme/significance. 

 

For those of you who are wondering, I'm Hungarian so I put the Hungarian flag on the other side, and the white double cross is a sigile used by Hungary on its flag, as well as some of the surrounding countries in the Carpathian basin area. 

 

Cheers,

-Gaborsky



TsarCidron #2 Posted May 13 2017 - 01:53

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Maybe Wargaming just made something up? 

_Schneller_Heinz_ #3 Posted May 13 2017 - 02:20

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View PostGaborsky, on May 13 2017 - 01:39, said:

RA tank question.JPG

Hello tankers,

I just unlocked my e50m the other day, and I love customizing my tier X vehicles with inscriptions, flags and camo. I've taken a few years of German, so I understand what most of the Inscriptions mean, but one that struck me as my favorite on that tank is the one that I can not figure out: the RA inscription. 

For those WW2 history enthusiasts, this is a challenging question that might stump you guys, as it did me. A bit of a background first:

 

I did my research on german number schemes, and basically the following is what I found: they used a 3 digit number system: the first number is the Company, 2nd number is the platoon, 3rd number is the tank.

 

For example, the famous Tiger 1 tank from Fury was tank 113: it belonged to the 1st regiment, 1st platoon, and was the 3rd tank in that platoon. 

For regimental tanks, the first digit they used was R, so regimental tank #1 would be R01. 

 

Here is where it gets confusing. I can not find a single source that explains the RA inscription. I know of no precedent that a German tank in WW2 would be "numbered" with letters, let alone follow a 2 digit format. 

I will probably put on this sticker regardless of the meaning as I think it looks really cool, but I was just wondering if anyone knows about this scheme/significance. 

 

For those of you who are wondering, I'm Hungarian so I put the Hungarian flag on the other side, and the white double cross is a sigile used by Hungary on its flag, as well as some of the surrounding countries in the Carpathian basin area. 

 

Cheers,

-Gaborsky

There is no surprise that wargaming just made it up!


Edited by _Schneller_Heinz_, May 13 2017 - 02:28.


Mad_Dog_Seabee #4 Posted May 13 2017 - 02:26

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My boss and friend is Hungarian-American. 

 

What I could find, which seems remote but it's worth a shot.

 

https://forum.axishi...ic.php?t=104408

 

Possibly a tank used in Airfield Defense.



Panzer254 #5 Posted May 22 2017 - 01:19

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would look right with the numbers on the panzers

 



Gaborsky #6 Posted May 28 2017 - 08:33

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View PostMad_Dog_Seabee, on May 13 2017 - 01:26, said:

My boss and friend is Hungarian-American. 

 

What I could find, which seems remote but it's worth a shot.

 

https://forum.axishi...ic.php?t=104408

 

Possibly a tank used in Airfield Defense.

 

from the link, I googled RA and it stands for Royal Artillery.... hmmmm, i'm not sure why WG decided to have a British sticker as an option for German tanks

mrmojo #7 Posted May 28 2017 - 09:56

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Hover over the RA in inscriptions.

 

It means Regiment(al) Doctor.

 

Artz = Doctor in German



Baktus #8 Posted Jul 01 2017 - 14:00

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I think you might got it a bit wrong regarding the numbering of vehicles.
R01 would indicate a tank belonging to the regimental command - usually the commanders tank if choosed to use it.
The Germans organized the regiment mostly in 2 or 3 battalions (Abteilung) - so the battalion commanders tank would have the roman I 01. A tank 131 would indicate 1st company, 3rd platoon - tank 1 (platoon leader), to find to which regiment it belongs you would have to look a tactical sign at the front of the vehicle.
I hope you could understand me - English is not my first language, lol





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