A Gp Army Group
Abn Airborne
ADSEC Advance Section
Admin Administrative
Alarmbataillon Emergency alert battalion
Alarmeinheit Emergency alert unit
Anlage Appendix or annex
AW Automatic weapons
Armd Armored
Arty Artillery
BAR Browning automatic rifle
Bn Battalion
Bomb Bombardment
Br British
Cav Cavalry
CCA Combat Command A
CCB Combat Command B
CCR Combat Command Reserve
CCS Combined Chiefs of Staff
CG Commanding general
CinC Commander in Chief
CO Commanding officer
Co Company
CofS Chief of Staff
Comdr Commander
Conv Conversation
Das Volk German people
Dir Directive
DSC Distinguished Service Cross
Dtd Dated
DUKW 2½-ton, 6 x 6 amphibian truck used for short runs from ship to shore
Ech Echelon
EM Enlisted men
Engr Engineer
Ersatzheer Replacement Army
ETO European Theater of Operations
Evng Evening
Ex Executive


FA Field Artillery
FAAA First Allied Airborne Army
Feldheer Field Army
FO Field order
Fuesilier battalion Separate infantry battalion performing both reconnaissance and support in German division
FUSA First U.S. Army
GHQ General Headquarters
Heeresgruppe Army group
Hist Historical; history
Hq Headquarters
Ind Indorsement
Instrs Instructions
Intel Intelligence
Interv Interview
IPW Interrogation of prisoner of war
Jnl Journal
Kampfgruppe German combat group of variable size
KTB Kriegstagebuch (war diary)
Kurhaus Thermal bath establishment
Landesschuetzen battalion Home Guard battalion sometimes employed outside Germany
Ltr Letter
MEW Mobile Early Warning
Mng Morning
Msg Message
Mtg Meeting
NCO Noncommissioned officer
Nebelwerfer Multiple rocket projector
NUSA Ninth U.S. Army
O Officer
OB WEST Oberbefehlshaber West (Headquarters, Commander in Chief West [France, Belgium, and the Netherlands]), highest German ground headquarters of the Western Front until May 1945
OCMH Office of the Chief of Military History
OKH Oberkommando des Heeres (Army High Command)
OKL Oberkommando der Luftwaffe (Luftwaffe High Command)
OKM Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine (Navy High Command)
OKW Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (Armed Forces [Joint] High Command)
Opn Operation
Organization Todt Paramilitary construction organization of the Nazi party, auxiliary to the Wehrmacht. Named after its founder, Dr. Todt.


Ost-Bataillon Non-German volunteer troops from east-European countries
Panzerfaust Recoilless German antitank rocket, hand carried. A "one-shot" weapon.
Per Periodic
Prcht Parachute
Puppchen A two-wheeled bazooka
PWI Prisoner of war interrogation
RAF Royal Air Force
Rcd Record
Rcn Reconnaissance
Regt Regiment
Rpt Report
Schuetzenpanzerwagen Armored half-track
Schuh mine German antipersonnel mine
S2 Intelligence officer or section of regimental or lower staff
S3 Operations officer or section of regimental or lower staff
SCR Signal Corps radio
Sec Section
SHAEF Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force
Sitrep Situation report
SP Self-propelled
Sportplatz Sports stadium
Sq Squadron
SS Schutzstaffel (Elite Guard)
Tac Tactical
T/5 Technician Fifth Grade
Tel Telephone
Topf mine German antitank mine
TOT Time on target, a method of timing artillery fire from various points to fall on a given target simultaneously
TUSA Third U.S. Army
Vergeltung Vengeance
VHF Very high frequency
Waffen-SS Combat arm of the SS (Schutzstaffel, Elite Guard); in effect a partial duplication of the German Army
Wehrkreis German Army administrative area, for the most part inside greater Germany
Werfer Rocket projector
WFSt Wehrmachtfuehrungsstab (Armed Forces Operations Staff)


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