I just received a very nice Berliet Tank Transporter in the mail, and after cleaning it up a bit, I looked it over carefully. It was then that I noticed on the front of the tractor or cab, a very small decal with a number on it, mounted on the front bumper, centered on the grill above. I thought that was rather odd, then further inspecting turned up the same number decal on both the rear of the tractor unit and also on the rear of the detachable trailer. This number is "146 217". I then looked at the limited reference material for this model, and saw no mention of this or any photos either. I also do not remember seeing it in any other recent photos of this model, such as those Jan posted recently. I have taken several closeup photos, below, of each of these, and they clearly show a film around them that matches exactly that of the tri color insignia on the front bumper. What is also interesting is that all three of these decals are different: the one is front has no tricolor in it, while the one on the rear of the tractor has the tricolor on top, and the one on the trailer has the tricolor on the left side.
To me, these appear to have been installed by the factory....not someone else at a later date. This model does have the ridged wheels, so it is an earlier issue. Have any of you seen this before? Comments please!! Could these be a reference to a squadron or unit??