Originally Posted by castorj29
I see a lot of black stars on the side of Jeeps. What is the story behind the star. I think it dates back to WW11 back not sure. Is there a SOP for putting a star on your Jeep? I think it looks nice. It breaks up the Jeep with something nice looking.
You're referring to the "Invasion Star Decals"
, that originated in the WW-II era. Here are a couple of sources for you. You can order these in Black, or whatever color you choose.
FYI, the first kit has 1-23" Star (With Broken Circle...)
, 5-6" Stars, and 5-3" Stars. The second kit is a single Star, made to the size you want. Smallest size available is 3". You can order multiple quantities with this site.
Military Invasion Star Decals, Army, Jeep Decals, Military Graphics, decals and stickers @ Decal Store
DecalZone, Solid Style Order Form
As far as SOP
, none that I know of. Just remember, that the "STAR"
on Military vehicles designates, "UNITED STATES"
Now... a little history for y'all that Want-To-Know:
The Star on Military Vehicles during the WW-II Era was called the "National Star"
, representing the United States. Most of the vehicles, Jeeps, Trucks, Tanks, Aircraft, etc..., had a Star on the Hood, Sides, and sometimes on the Rear.
During the Normandy Invasion, "Operation Overlord"
, it is said... that Ike ordered the "Broken Circle"
drawn around the Large Hood Star, to clearly identify legitimate US Forces.
The reason behind this, was that the Germans had English Speaking Soldiers, that dressed in US Uniforms and drove US Vehicles. Most were Killed/Captured dressed as MP's (Military Police)
. Their role, was to instill chaos, confusion, and deception in US Military movements. The reason most German Infiltrators dressed as MP's, was that the MP's were in charge of Directing Traffic, guarding Bridges, guarding Command Posts, etc. This tactic was widely noted during the Battle of the Bulge, during the Germans Ardennes Offensive. If a US Unit approached a US Marked Vehicle without the Broken Circle, then the occupants were usually held until it was confirmed that they were in fact US Soldiers, and not German Infiltrators. ESPECIALLY,
if they were MP's!
Anyway, that's my $.02! History Lesson Over!
Best of Luck!