1st Armored Division
Definition/Scope: The 1st Armored Division, nicknamed "Old Ironsides" has a very distinctive insignia. The insignia is designed from the triangular coat-of-arms of the American World War II Tank Corps. The yellow, blue, and red colors of the shoulder sleeve insignia represent the combined arms nature of the armored division (Armor, Infantry, and Artillery). Superimposed on the triangle is the insignia of the former Seventh Cavalry Brigade (Mechanized), the predecessors of the Old Ironsides. The tank track represents mobility and armor protection, the gun denotes firepower, and the chain of lightening symbolizes speed and shock action. Mobility, firepower, and shock action are the basic attributes of Armor. The Arabic numeral in the apex of the triangle indicates the First Armor Division. The nickname of the division, officially sanctioned by the Department of the Army is emblazoned under the triangle and is an integral part of the insignia. From participating in the Allied invasion of Africa to OIF the 1st AD has been involved in nearly every armed action since its inception.
Broader Terms:Army divisions (active)
Related Terms:Armored Division