"Orders to the 4th Tank Army #019
July 24th, 1943
The Army Commander orders that:
Friendly identification markings for aircraft consist of:
- For cabins of trucks and turrets of tanks: a white triangle at the top, as large as possible.
- Motorized rifle units mark the front line with white strips of fabric.
- When our aircraft are seen, immediately fire green-red flares and a burst of tracers towards the enemy.
- In places where vehicles gather and at storage yards spread tanks and trucks 25-30 meters apart and leave 150 meters between companies.
- It is forbidden to place tanks or cars in forest clearings and small tree groves.
- In any case and in any circumstances when vehicles are assembled and at collection points immediately take measures for camouflage. At collection points immediately erect camouflage and organize a guard.
- When enemy aircraft attack our columns, immediately disperse and keep moving.
- When enemy aircraft attack our assembly or collection points or moving columns, immediately fire white flares.
- The gun barrels must point towards the enemy at all times.
- Appoint special troops and junior commanders for firing flares, prepare flare guns.
Establish the following signals to identify friendly units: for tanks and cars they are drawn on the front and the sides, for the corps aircraft: at the bottom of the wings and the sides of the fuselage.
- 30th Tank Corps: rhombus
- 11th Tank Corps: arrow with a tank in the center, inside a circle
- 6th Mechanized Corps: rectangle
- Army units and aircraft: arrow with the letter Д in the center.
Authorized representative of the Chief of Staff of the 4th Tank Army, Major General Drugov"