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#1 Gaudet

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 03:59 PM

I've been working on a webpage of Commonwealth/Canadian Military abbreviations and acronyms. Many thanks goes out to various military forums. This is a living document so if there are any corrections or additions to be made, please let me know...

Canadian & Commonwealth Military Abbreviations and Acronyms
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#2 Bodston

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 04:15 PM

I've been working on a webpage of Commonwealth/Canadian Military abbreviations and acronyms.


Wow, there is a lot of work in there. Abb's are a bane of my life.
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#3 von Poop

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:41 PM

Blimey Gaudet, that looks like a heck of a piece of work, and seriously useful too. Well done that man.
(If you'd like, feel free to post the list in full here)

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#4 Gaudet

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:30 PM

Thanks Von Poop... I am actually tracking hits on the website so I am trying to keep them contained. I will also be making updates to the list over the next few weeks. The list continued to grow and I figured I should at least share it.
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Jason Gaudet
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former RCAF/RAF air station 'Pennfield Ridge, NB Canada' (1941-1945)
former Canadian Infantry base 'Camp Utopia, NB' (1940s-1950s)

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 08:20 PM

List of WW2 abbreviations from the National Archives.

The following article was originally one of a set of memoranda available only on paper in The National Archives' reading rooms. It may have been compiled many years ago and could be out of date. It was designed to act as a signpost to records of interest on a particular historical subject. Please feel free to add any appropriate information and update the following details.

Second World War Diaries Abbreviations - Your Archives

Cheers,
Adam.

As It's a Wiki style open-edit document I've taken the liberty of including it in it's entirety here in case it ever disappears:

The format was becoming oversize so I've uploaded the list as a word document

Attached File  military abbreviations.doc   94K   99 downloads (not currently up to date!)

  • 107 (etc) RAC Regiments, Royal Armoured Corps
  • 10H 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)
  • 11H 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)
  • 12L 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
  • 13/18H 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)
  • 14/20H 14th/20th King's Hussars
  • 15/19H 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars
  • 16/5L 16th/5th Lancers
  • 17/21L 17th/21st Lancers
  • 1b Pound(s)
  • 2 sub Second Subaltern
  • 22 DGNS 22nd Dragoons
  • 23H 23rd Hussars
  • 24L 24th Lancers
  • 25 DGNS 25th Dragoons
  • 27L 27th Lancers
  • 2IC Second in command
  • 3 DG 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards)
  • 3H 3rd King's Own Hussars
  • 4/7 DG 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
  • 48(etc) R TKS - Battalions, Royal Tank Regiment
  • 48(etc) RECCE REGT Regiments Reconnaissance Corps
  • 4H 4th Queen's Own Hussars
  • 5DG 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
  • 7H 7th Queen's Own Hussars
  • 8H 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
  • 9L 9th Queen's Royal Lancers
  • A & SH Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)
  • A per Anti-personnel
  • AA Anti-aircraft or Army Act
  • AA Army Act or anti-aircraft
  • AAC Army Air Corps
  • AAD Advance ammunition dept
  • AAI - Allied Armies Italy.
  • AB Army book
  • ABCA Army Bureau of Currrent Affairs
  • ACK Acknowledge
  • ACC Army Catering Corps
  • accn Accommodation
  • ACG Army Chaplain General
  • ACI Army Council Instruction
  • ack Acknowledge, acknowledged or acknowledgment
  • ACV Armoured command vehicle
  • AD CORPS Army Dental Corps
  • ADC Aide de Campe
  • addrsd Addressed
  • ADGB Air Defence of Great Britain
  • adjt Adjutant
  • adm Administration or administrative
  • ADS Advanced dressing station
  • adv Advance or advanced
  • AEAF Allied Expeditionary Air Force
  • AEC Army Educational Corps
  • AF Army form
  • AFHQ Allied Forces Headquarters
  • AFV Armoured fighting vehicle(s)
  • AG Adjutant General
  • AG Anti-gas
  • AGRA Army Group, Royal Artillery
  • AGRE Army Group, Royal Engineers
  • AHQ Army Headquarters (India)
  • airtps Airborne troops
  • AL sec Air liaison section
  • ALFSEA Allied Land Forces South East Asia
  • ALG Advanced landing ground
  • ALO Air liaison officer
  • amb Ambulance
  • AMGOT Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories
  • amn Ammunition
  • AMQ Assistant Quartermaster General
  • annx Annexure
  • AO Army Order
  • AOC Air Officer commanding
  • AOD Advanced ordnance depot
  • AP Ammunition point or armour piercing
  • AP Armour piercing or ammunition point
  • APIS Army photographic interpretation section
  • APO Army post office
  • approx Approximately or approximate
  • appx Appendix
  • APS Army Postal Service
  • APTC Army Physical Training Corps
  • ARG Armoured replacement group
  • ARH Ammunition railhead
  • armd Armoured
  • armd C Armoured car
  • ARO Army routine order
  • ARP Air raid precautions or ammunition refilling point
  • ARP Ammunition refilling point or air raid precautions
  • art wks coy Artizan works company
  • arty Artillery
  • arty R Artillery reconnaissance
  • ASD Ammunition sub-depot
  • aslt Assault
  • ASSU Air support signal unit
  • AT Animal transport
  • ATC Air Training Corps
  • ATI Army Training Instruction
  • Atk Anti-tank
  • ATM Army Training Memorandum
  • Atps Army Troops
  • ATS Auxiliary Territorial Service
  • att Attach, attached or attachment
  • Aust Australia or Australian
  • aux Auxiliary or auxiliaries
  • AVRE Assault vehicle, Royal Engineers
  • AWD Advanced workshop detachment
  • B sup airfd Base supply airfield
  • B wksp Base workshop
  • BAD Base ammunition depot
  • BAOR British Army of the Rhine
  • BAYS Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards)
  • BBP Bulk breaking point
  • BC Battery commander
  • BD Base depot or bomb disposal
  • BD Bomb disposal or base depot
  • bde Brigade
  • bdr Bombardier
  • bdy Boundary
  • BED HERTS Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
  • BEF British Expeditionary Force
  • BGS Brigadier General Staff
  • BMA Beach maintenance area
  • BMM British Military Mission
  • bn Battalion
  • BOD Base ordnance depot
  • bomrep Bombing report
  • BORDER Border Regiment
  • BOWO Brigade Ordnance Warrant Officer
  • BQMS Battery quarter-master-serjeant
  • br Bridge or bridging
  • BRA Brigadier Royal Artillery
  • BRAC Brigadier Royal Artillery (Canada)
  • BRECKNOCK Brecknockshire Battalion, South Wales Borderers (TA)
  • Brit British
  • BSD Base supply depot
  • BSM Battery-serjeant-major
  • bty Battery
  • BU Bath unit
  • BUCKS Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckingham
  • BUFFS Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
  • BW Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
  • C comd Chief Commander
  • C contr Chief Controller
  • C tps Corps troops
  • CA Civil affairs or coast artillery
  • CA Coast artillery or civil affairs
  • cam Camouflage or camouflaged
  • CAMBS Cambridgeshire Regiment (TA)
  • CAMERONIANS Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • CAMERONS Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • capt Captain
  • cas Casualty (ies)
  • CAS Chief of the Air Staff
  • cav Cavalry
  • CB Confinement to barracks or counter-battery
  • CB Counter-battery or confinement to barracks
  • CBO Counter-battery officer
  • CCHA Corps Commander Heay Artillery
  • CCMA Corps Commander Medium Artillery
  • CCP Casualty collecting post
  • CCRA Corps Commander Royal Artillery
  • CCRE Corps Commander, Royal Engineers
  • CCRS / CCRSigs Corp Commander Royal Signals
  • CCS Casualty clearing station
  • CD Coast defence
  • Cda Canada
  • CDI Command driver increment
  • Cdn Canadian
  • cdo Commando
  • CF Chaplain to the forces
  • cfn Craftsman or craftsmen
  • CGS Chief of the General Staff
  • chem Chemical
  • CHESHIRE Cheshire Regiment
  • CID Committee of Imperial Defence
  • CIGS Chief of the Iperial General Staff
  • C-in-C Commander-in-Chief
  • civ Civil or civilian
  • CL Centre line
  • CMF Central Mediterranean Force
  • CMO Chief Medical Officer
  • CMP Corps of Military Police
  • CO Commanding officer
  • col Colonel
  • COLDM GDS Coldstream Guards
  • Coln Column
  • comd Command, commanded, commandant or commander
  • comn Communication
  • comp Composite
  • con R Contact reconnaissance
  • conc Concentrate, concentrated or concentration
  • constr Construct, constructed or construction
  • Contr Controller
  • COO Chief ordnance officer
  • coord Co-ordinate, co-ordinated, co-ordinating or co-ordination
  • COS Chief of Staff
  • COSSAC Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander
  • coy Company
  • cpl Corporal
  • CQMS Company quarter-master-serjeant
  • CRA Commander Royal Artillery
  • CRE Commander Royal Engineers
  • CS Close support
  • CSM Company serjeant-major
  • CSO Chief Staff Officer
  • CTC - Combined Training Centre
  • CV Command vehicle
  • CW Chemical warfare
  • cwt Hundredweight(s)
  • DAAG Deputy Assistant Adjutant General
  • DAAQMG Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
  • DADMS Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services
  • DADOS Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services
  • DADQ Deputy Assistant Director of Quartering
  • DADST Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport
  • DAG Deputy Adjutant General
  • DAQMG Deputy Assistant and Quartermaster General
  • DAQMG Deputy Assistant Director of Quartering
  • DCIGS Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
  • DCLI Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
  • DDME Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering
  • DDMI Deputy Director of Military Intelligence
  • DDMO Deputy Director of Military operations
  • DDMS Deputy Director of Medical Services
  • DDMT Deputy Director of Military Training
  • DDST Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport
  • decn Decontamination
  • def Defend, defended, defence or defensive
  • del Deliver, delivered or delivery
  • dep Depot
  • DERBY YEO Derbyshire Yeomanry (TA)
  • derv fuel Diesel engined road vehicle fuel
  • det Detach, detached or detachment
  • DEVON Devonshire Regiment
  • DF Defensive fire or direction finding
  • DF Direction finding or defensive fire
  • DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
  • DID Detail issue depot
  • disP Disposal point
  • dist District
  • div Division or divisional
  • DLI Durham Light Infantry
  • DME Director of Military Engineering
  • DMI Director of Military Intelligence
  • DMO Director of Military Operations
  • DMS Director of Medical Services
  • DMT Director of Military Training
  • DOE - Duration of emergency
  • DORSET Dorsetshire Regiment
  • DP Delivery point
  • DQMG Deputy Quartermaster General
  • DR Despatch rider or motor-cyclist
  • DR Motor-cyclist or despatch rider
  • DRLS Despatch rider letter service
  • DS Dressing station
  • DSM Distinguished Service medal
  • DST Director of Supplies and Transport
  • dvr Driver
  • DWR Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
  • DZ Dropping zone
  • E LAN R East Lancashire Regiment
  • E RIDING YEO East Riding Yeomanry (TA)
  • E YORKS East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke or York's Own)
  • EA East Africa, East African or enemy aircraft
  • ech Echelon
  • EF Expeditionary force
  • eg For example
  • EME Electrical mechanical engineer
  • emp Employ, employed or employment
  • engr Engineer
  • ENSA Entertainment National Services Association
  • eqpt Equipment
  • ESO Embarkation staff officer
  • ESSEX Essex Regiment
  • est Establish, established or establishment
  • etc And so on or and the rest
  • evac Evacuate, evacuated or evacuation
  • excl Exclude, excluded, excluding or exclusive
  • F sp Flash spotting
  • FBE Folding boat equipment
  • fd bchy Field butchery and cold storage depot
  • fd bky Field bakery
  • fd Field
  • FDL Ford ward defended locality
  • FDS Field dressing station
  • FF Field force or fire fighting
  • FF Fire fighting or field force
  • FF YEO Fife and Forfar Yeomanry (TA)
  • FGCM Field general court-martial
  • fit Flight
  • FMA Forward maintenance area
  • fmn Formation
  • FOO Forward Observation Officer
  • FORESTERS Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
  • freq Frequency
  • FS Field service or field security
  • FSPB Field service pocket book
  • FSS Fixed signal service
  • FSU Field surgical unit
  • ft Foot or feet
  • FTU Field transfusion unit
  • FUP Forming up place
  • fus Fusilier(s)
  • fwd Forward or forwarded
  • gal Gallon
  • GCM General court-martial
  • gd Guard
  • gdsm Guardsman or guardsmen
  • gdsn Guardsman or guardsmen
  • gen General
  • GHQ General Headquarters
  • GLAS H Glasgow Highlanders (TA)
  • GLIDER P REGT Glider Pilot Regiment
  • GLOSTERS Gloucestershire Regiment
  • gnr Gunner
  • GOC General Officer Commanding
  • GOC-in-C General Officer Commanding-in-Chief
  • GORDONS Gordons Highlanders
  • gp Group
  • GREEN HOWARDS Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own
  • GREN GDS Grenadier Guards
  • GREYS Royal Scots Greys (2nd Dragoons)
  • grn Garrison
  • GRO General routine order
  • GS General service or general staff
  • GSC General Service Corps
  • GSO General Staff Officer
  • GSO General staff officer (with Arabic or Roman enumeration appended to show grade)
  • GT coy General transport company
  • HAA Heavy Anti-Aircraft
  • HALLAMSHallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment (TA)
  • HAMPS Hampshire Regiment
  • HD Home Defence or horse drawn
  • HD Horse drawn or home defence
  • HE High explosive
  • HEREFORD Herefordshire Regiment (TA)
  • HERTS Hertfordshire Regiment (TA)
  • HF Harrassing fire or high frequency
  • HF High frequency or harrassing fire
  • HG Home Guard
  • HIGHLAND R Highland Regiment
  • HLI Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
  • hosp Hospital
  • how Hozitzer
  • HP High power or horse power
  • HP Horse power or high power
  • HQ Headquarter(s)
  • hr Hour
  • HT High tension or horsed transport
  • HT Horsed transport or high tension
  • hy Heavy
  • hyg Hygiene
  • IA Indian Army
  • IA Indian Army
  • IAC Indian Armoured Corps
  • IAMC Indian Army Medical Corps
  • IC In charge or internal combustion
  • IC Internal combustion or in charge of
  • IDC Imperial Defence College
  • ie Namely or that is to say
  • ie That is to say or namely
  • IEF Indian Expeditionary Force
  • IG Irish Guards
  • IMS Indian Medical Service
  • in inch
  • incl Include, included, including or inclusive
  • Ind India or Indian
  • indep Independent
  • inf Infantry
  • infm Inform, informed or information
  • INNISKS Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
  • INNS OF COURT Inns of Court Regiment
  • instr Instruct, instructed, instruction or instructor
  • INT CORPS Intelligence Corps
  • int Intelligence
  • intercomm Intercommunication
  • IO Intelligence officer
  • IOO Inspecting ordnance officer
  • IS Internal security
  • It Lieutenant or light
  • It Light or lieutenant
  • IWT Inland water transport
  • J comd Junior Commander
  • junc Junction
  • KAR King's African Rifles
  • KDG 1st King's Dragoon Guards
  • KENSINGTONS Kensington Regiment (TA)
  • KINGS King's Regiment (Liverpool)
  • KING'S OWN King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
  • KOSB King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • KOYLI King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • KRRC King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • KSLI King's Shropshire Light Infantry
  • L bdr Lance-bombardier
  • L cpl Lance corporal
  • L of C Line, or lines of communication
  • L sjt Lance serjeant
  • LAA Light Anti-Aircraft
  • lab Laboratory or labour
  • LAD Light aid detachment
  • Ldg Landing
  • LEICESTERS Leicestershire Regiment
  • LF Lancashire Fusiliers
  • LG Life Guards
  • LINCOLNS Lincolnshire Regiment
  • LIR London Irish Rifles (TA)
  • LIVPL SCOT Liverpool Scottish (TA)
  • LMG Light machine gun
  • LO Liaison officer
  • LOND SCOT London Scottish (TA)
  • lor Lorried or lorryborne
  • lor Lorryborne or lorried
  • LOTHIANS Lothians and Border Yeomanry (TA)
  • LOVATS Lovat Scouts (TA)
  • LOWLAND RLowland Regiment
  • LOYALS Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
  • LT Line telegraphy or low tension
  • LT Low tension or line telegraphy
  • LZ Landing zone
  • MA Military assistant or Military Attache
  • MAC Motor ambulance convoy
  • mag Magazine or magnetic
  • mag Magnetic or magazine
  • maint Maintain, maintained or maintenance
  • maj Major
  • MANCH Manchester Regiment
  • MC Military Cross
  • MC Motor-cycle or movement control
  • MC Movement control or motor-cycle
  • mech Mechanic, mechanical or mechanized
  • med Medium or medical
  • MEF Middle East Force
  • MELF Middle East Land Forces
  • met Meteorological or meteorology
  • MFO Military forwarding officer
  • MFPS Mobile field photographic section
  • MG Machine gun
  • MGA Major General in charge of Administration
  • MGGS Major General - General Staff
  • MGO Master General of the Ordinance
  • mi2h Miles in two hours
  • mih Miles in the hour
  • mil Military
  • min Minute
  • mk Mark
  • MLBU Mobile laundry and bath unit
  • MMG Medium machine gun
  • MO Medical officer
  • mob Mobile or mobilization
  • MON Monmouthshire Regiment (TA)
  • mot Motor or motorized
  • mov Movement
  • MP Meeting point or military police
  • MP Military police or meeting point
  • mph Miles per hour
  • MPSC Military Provost Staff Corps
  • msg Message
  • MT Mechanical transport
  • mtd Mounted
  • mtn Mountain
  • MTP Military Training Pamphlet
  • MX Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
  • N STAFFS North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)
  • N YEO Northamptonshire Yeomanry
  • NAAFI Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (sacrilege to leave this out)
  • NCC Non-Combatant Corps
  • NCO Non-commissioned officer
  • NF Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
  • Nfld Newfoundland
  • NIH North Irish Horse
  • NORFOLK Royal Norfolk Regiment
  • NORTHAMPTONS Northamptonshire Regiment
  • NOTTS YEO Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (TA)
  • NZ New Zealand
  • OBD Ordnance Beach detachment
  • OC Officer commanding
  • OCTU Officer Cadet Training Unit
  • offr Officer
  • OIC Officer-in-charge (of)
  • OO Operation order or ordnance officer
  • OP-Ack Observation Post Assistant.
  • OP Observation post
  • op Operate, operated, operation, operational or operator
  • OR Other rank(s)
  • ord Ordnance
  • org Organize, organized or organization
  • OXF BUCKS Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
  • oz Ounce(s)
  • PAD Passive air defence
  • para Parachute or pargraph
  • para Paragraph or parachute- more usually pct -parachutist or parachute
  • Para Paratrooper
  • PARA REGT Parachute Regiment
  • pet Petrol
  • Ph Photograph or photographic
  • ph R Photographic reconnaissance
  • photogrid Gridded vertical air photograph
  • photogrid Photograph, vertical air, gridded
  • photogrod Vertical air photograph, gridded
  • Pk Park
  • pl Platoon
  • PM Provost marshal
  • PMA Personal Military Assistant
  • pmr Paymaster
  • Pnr Corps Pioneer Corps
  • pnr Pioneer
  • PO Post Office
  • POL Petrol, oil and lubricants
  • posn Position
  • POW Prisoner of War
  • PP Petrol point
  • pr Pounder
  • PRH Petrol railhead
  • pro Provost
  • PRP Petrol refilling point
  • pt Point
  • pte Private
  • PW Prisoner(s) of war
  • QAIMNS Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
  • QM Quarter-master
  • QMG Quartermaster General
  • QMS Quarter-master-serjeant
  • QUEENS Queens Royal Regiment (West S Surrey)
  • R and O Railhead or roadhead, supply officer
  • R and O Roadhead or railhead, supply officer
  • R BERKS Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
  • R IR F Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's)
  • R Sigs Royal Corps of Signals
  • R SUSSEX Royal Sussex Regiment
  • R TKS - Royal Tank Regiment
  • R WILTS YEO Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (TA)
  • RA Royal Regiment of Artillery
  • RAC Royal Armoured Corps
  • RAChD Royal Army Chaplains' Department
  • RADC Royal Army Dental Corps
  • RAMC Royal Army Medical Corps
  • RAOC Royal Army Ordnance Corps
  • RAP Regimental aid post
  • RAPC Royal Army Pay Corps
  • RARO Regular Army Reserve of officers
  • RASC Royal Army Service Corps
  • RAVC Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • RB Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
  • rd Road
  • RDI Relief driver increment
  • RE Corps of Royal Engineers
  • rec Recover, recovered or recovery
  • recce Reconnaissance or reconnoitre
  • Ref reference
  • reg Regulate, regulated, regulating or regulation
  • Regiment
  • Regiment)
  • regt Regiment or regimental
  • REME Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • rep Represent, represented or representative
  • res Reserve(s)
  • RF Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
  • rfn Rifleman or riflemen
  • rft HU Reinforcement holding unit
  • rft Reinforcement
  • rft SU Reinforcement sub-units
  • RGA Royal Garrison of Artillery
  • RGH Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (TA)
  • RH Railhead
  • RHA Royal Horse Artillery
  • RHG Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
  • RHMA Railhead or roadhead, maintenance area
  • RHMA Roadhead or railhead, maintenance area
  • rly Railway
  • RMA Rear maintenance area
  • RMA Royal Military Accademy
  • RMC Royal Military College (Sandhurst)
  • RN Royal Navy
  • RO Routine order
  • ROO Railhead or roadhead, ordnance officer
  • ROO Roadhead or railhead, ordnance officer
  • ROYALS 1st Royal Dragoons
  • RP Refilling point, regimental police or Rules of Procedure
  • RP Regimental police, refilling point or Rules of Procedure
  • RP Rules of Procedure, refilling point or regimental police
  • rpg(pm) Rounds per gun (per minute)
  • rptd Repeated
  • RQMS Regimental quarter-master-serjeant
  • RS Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
  • RSD Returned stores depot
  • RSF Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • RSM Regimental serjeant-major
  • RT Radio – telephony
  • RTO - Railway traffic order
  • RTU - Returned to unit
  • RUR - Royal Ulster Rifles
  • RV Rendezvous
  • RW Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion
  • RWF Royal Welch Fusiliers
  • RWK Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment
  • S comd Senior Commander or Southern Command (more usually SComd)
  • S contr Senior Controller
  • S LAN R South Lancs Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
  • S rg Sound ranging
  • S sjt Staff serjeant
  • S STAFFORDS South Staffordshire Regiment
  • S sup O Senior supply officer
  • SA Small arms, South Africa or South African
  • SA South Africa, South African or small arms
  • SAA Small arms ammunition
  • Sab Saboteur
  • sal Salvage or salvaged
  • SAS REGT Special Air Service Regiment
  • SASC Small Arms School Corps
  • SB Stretcher bearer
  • SBG Small box girder
  • SBS Special Boat Section Special Boat Service Special Boat Service
  • SDP Supply dropping point
  • SEAC South east Asia Command
  • SEAFORTH Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs The Duke of Albany's)
  • SEALF South East Asia Land Forces
  • sec Second or section
  • sec Section or second
  • SG Scots Guards
  • sgt Sergeant
  • SHAEF Supreme Headquarters - Allied Expeditionary Force
  • SHAPE Supreme Headquarters - Allied Powers Europe
  • SHARPSHOOTERS County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) (TA)
  • shelrep Shelling report
  • sig Signal
  • sigmn Signalman or signalmen
  • sitrep Situation report
  • sjt Serjeant
  • SL Searchlight or start line
  • SL Start line or searchlight
  • SLA Supply loading airfield
  • SLP Supply landing point
  • SMC Sten machine carbine
  • SME School of Military Training
  • SMO Senior medical officer
  • SO Staff officer
  • SOM LI Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
  • SOS - Signed on strength (always followed by date)
  • SP Self-propelled or starting point
  • SP Starting point or self-propelled
  • sp Support or supported
  • spr Sapper
  • SQMS Staff or squadron quarter-master-serjeant
  • sqn Squadron
  • SRH Supply railhead
  • SRO Supplementary Reserve of Officers
  • SSM Staff or squadron serjeant-major
  • sta Station
  • STAFFS YEO Staffordshire Yeomanry (TA)
  • stereo Stereoscope or stereoscopic
  • stn Station
  • str Seater or strength
  • str Strength or seater
  • strat R Strategical reconnaissance
  • Sub Subaltern
  • SUFFOLKSuffolk Regiment
  • Sup P Supply point
  • sup Supply or supplied
  • SURREYS East Surrey Regiment
  • svy Survey
  • SWB South Wales Borderers
  • swbd Switchboard
  • TA Territorial Army
  • tac R Tactical reconnaissance
  • TANS Territorial Army Nursing Service
  • TC Traffic control
  • tcl Tentacle
  • TCV Troop carrying vehicle
  • tech Technical
  • tele Telephone
  • Tfc Traffic
  • TFD – Transferred
  • tg Telegraph or telegraphic
  • tk Tank
  • TMC Thompson machine carbine
  • tn Transportation
  • TO Transport Officer (only when used with bde, bn, etc)
  • TOS - Taken off strength (as above)
  • TP Traffic post
  • tp Troop
  • tpr Trooper
  • tpt Transport
  • tptd Transported
  • tptr Transporter
  • trg Training
  • TYNE SCOT Tyneside Scottish (TA)
  • UK United Kingdom
  • UM Urgent memorandum
  • US – Unservicable
  • USA United States of America
  • UXB Unexploded bomb(s)
  • VC Victoria Cross
  • VCIGS Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff
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  • VP Vulnerable point
  • VQMG Vice Quartermaster General
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  • vs Visual signalling
  • vtm Vehicles to the mile
  • W DGNS 2nd County of London Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons) (TA)
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  • WA West Africa or West African
  • WARWICK Royal Warwickshire Regiment
  • WARWICK YEO Warwickshire Yeomanry (TA)
  • WE War establishment
  • wef - With effect from
  • WELCH Welch Regiment
  • WG Welsh Guards
  • wh Wheel or wheeled
  • WILTS Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)
  • wksp Workshop
  • WL Wagon Line
  • WO War Office
  • WO Warrant Officer
  • WORC R Worcestershire Regiment
  • WP Water Point
  • wpfg Waterproofing
  • wrls Wireless
  • WS War substantive, warlike stores or wireless set
  • WS Warlike stores, war substantive or wireless set
  • WS Wireless set, war substantive or warlike stores
  • WT Weapon training or wireless telegraphy
  • WT Wireless telegraphy or weapon training
  • WWCP Walking wounded collecting post
  • X rds Cross roads
  • Y&L York and Lancaster Regiment
  • yd Yard
  • YORKS H Yorkshire Hussars (TA)
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#6 Gerry Chester

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 12:27 AM

Thank you Adam for posting material which I will find most useful during my uncoming visit to the UK - printed all 21 pages!

Following my speaking engagement at the annual AMPS Conference, in Auburn Indiana it is off to London to stay with my son for about six weeks. His church is near to Westminmster Abbey which is handy for getting to the two war museums - additionally, Kew Gardens is but a hop skip and a jump away. A trip to Northern Ireland for the NIH annual reunion is also on.

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#7 Ron Goldstein

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:38 PM

Adam & Gerry

I was surprised that neither RTU (Return to unit) or US (unserviceable) appeared in the above list .
I'm sure there must be many more that we can think of :)

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I was "called-up", as a 19 year old, on the 1st of Oct 1942 and was one of 5 serving brothers, one of whom, Jack, was in RAF Bomber Command and was killed on March 16th 1945.

I served as a Driver/Op (Wireless Operator) with the 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. (78 Div) from Apr 1943 to Dec 1944 (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt). The Regiment was disbanded in Dec 1944 and I was retrained (in Italy) by the Royal Armoured Corps.

 

Finally, I served as Loader/Op with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (6th Armd.,78th & 56 Div) from Mar 1945 to Dec 1946 (Italy, Austria, Germany) finishing up as Tech Cpl. for "A" Sqdrn.  I was "De-mobbed" in Apr 1947

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:42 PM

What is BRAC?
As in "Brigadier Curry left the Brigade to go back to the UK , to become BRAC to 1st Canadian Army".
page 72 Monty's Marauders by Patrick Delaforce.

Is it Brigadier Royal Armoured Corps??
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#9 Ron Goldstein

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:54 PM

Owen

Dare I answer BIIK (Buggered if I know)

Sorry................... :)

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And if not now, when?
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:peepwalla:

 

I was "called-up", as a 19 year old, on the 1st of Oct 1942 and was one of 5 serving brothers, one of whom, Jack, was in RAF Bomber Command and was killed on March 16th 1945.

I served as a Driver/Op (Wireless Operator) with the 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. (78 Div) from Apr 1943 to Dec 1944 (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt). The Regiment was disbanded in Dec 1944 and I was retrained (in Italy) by the Royal Armoured Corps.

 

Finally, I served as Loader/Op with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (6th Armd.,78th & 56 Div) from Mar 1945 to Dec 1946 (Italy, Austria, Germany) finishing up as Tech Cpl. for "A" Sqdrn.  I was "De-mobbed" in Apr 1947

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:58 PM

Any that people come up with here I (or the other mods) can edit into the main list ;).
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:34 PM

Adam

Some more for you, all from my Army Records:

SOS Signed on strength (always followed by date)
TOS Taken off strength (as above)
WEF With effect from
DOE Duration of emergency
TFD Transferred

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If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
Rabbi Hillel circa 30 BCE


:peepwalla:

 

I was "called-up", as a 19 year old, on the 1st of Oct 1942 and was one of 5 serving brothers, one of whom, Jack, was in RAF Bomber Command and was killed on March 16th 1945.

I served as a Driver/Op (Wireless Operator) with the 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. (78 Div) from Apr 1943 to Dec 1944 (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt). The Regiment was disbanded in Dec 1944 and I was retrained (in Italy) by the Royal Armoured Corps.

 

Finally, I served as Loader/Op with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (6th Armd.,78th & 56 Div) from Mar 1945 to Dec 1946 (Italy, Austria, Germany) finishing up as Tech Cpl. for "A" Sqdrn.  I was "De-mobbed" in Apr 1947

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:28 PM

A few more to add to the list:

ABCA Army Bureau of Currrent Affairs
ACG Army Chaplain General
ADC Aide de Camp
ADGB Air Defence of Great Britain
AEAF Allied Expeditionary Air Force
AFHQ Allied Forces Headquarters
AG Adjutant General
AHQ Army Headquarters (India)
ALFSEA Allied Land Forces South East Asia
AMGOT Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories
AMQ Assistant Quartermaster General
ATC Air Training Corps

BAOR British Army of the Rhine
BEF British Expeditionary Force
BGS Brigadier General Staff
BMM British Military Mission
BRA Brigadier Royal Artillery
BRAC Brigadier Royal Artillery (Canada)

CAS Chief of the Air Staff
CCRA Commander, Corps of Royal Artillery
CCRE Commander, Corps of Royal Engineers
CCRSigs Commander, Corps of Royal Signals
CGS Chief of the General Staff
CID Committee of Imperial Defence
CIGS Chief of the Imperial General Staff
C-in-C Commander-in-Chief
CMF Central Mediterranean Force
CMO Chief Medical Officer
COS Chief of Staff
COSSAC Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander
CRA Commander Royal Artillery
CRE Commander Royal Engineers
CSO Chief Staff Officer

DAAQMG Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
DAAG Deputy Assistant Adjutant General
DAQMG Deputy Assistant and Quartermaster General
DADMS Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services
DADOS Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services
DADQ Deputy Assistant Director of Quartering
DADST Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies and Transport
DAG Deputy Adjutant General
DAQMG Deputy Assistant Director of Quartering
DCIGS Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
DDME Deputy Director of Mechanical Engineering
DDMI Deputy Director of Military Intelligence
DDMO Deputy Director of Military operations
DDMS Deputy Director of Medical Services
DDMT Deputy Director of Military Training
DDST Deputy Director of Supplies and Transport
DFC Distinguished Flying Cross
DME Director of Military Engineering
DMI Director of Military Intelligence
DMO Director of Military Operations
DMS Director of Medical Services
DMT Director of Military Training
DQMG Deputy Quartermaster General
DSM Distinguished Service medal
DST Director of Supplies and Transport

ENSA Entertainment National Services Association

GOC General Officer Commanding
GOC-in-C General Officer Commanding-in-Chief
GSO General Staff Officer

IA Indian Army
IAC Indian Armoured Corps
IAMC Indian Army Medical Corps
IDC Imperial Defence College
IEF Indian Expeditionary Force
IMS Indian Medical Service

KAR King's African Rifles

MC Military Cross
MEF Middle East Force
MELF Middle East Land Forces
MGA Major General in charge of Administration
MGGS Major General - General Staff
MGO Master General of the Ordinance

NAAFI Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (sacrilege to leave this out :) )

OCTU Officer Cadet Training Unit
[OIC should be corrected to O i/c Officer in Charge]

PMA Personal Military Assistant
POW Prisoner of War

QMG Quartermaster General

RADC Royal Army Dental Corps
RARO Regular Army Reserve of officers
RGA Royal Garrison of Artillery
RMA Royal Military Accademy
RMC Royal Military College (Sandhurst)
RN Royal Navy

SEAC South East Asia Command
SEALF South East Asia Land Forces
SHAEF Supreme Headquarters - Allied Expeditionary Force
SHAPE Supreme Headquarters - Allied Powers Europe
SME School of Military Engineering
SRO Supplementary Reserve of Officers

VC Victoria Cross
VCIGS Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff
VQMG Vice Quartermaster General

WO War Office


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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:49 PM

Thanks Peter, that explains it!
BRAC Brigadier Royal Artillery (Canada)
Currie was killed in 1944.
He was a Gunner.
CWGC :: Casualty Details

Name:CURRIE, JOHN CECIL
Rank:Brigadier
Regiment/Service:Royal Artillery
Unit Text:Commands and Staff, H.Q. 4th Armd. Bde.
Date of Death:26/06/1944
Awards D S O and 2 Bars, M C

He came back to Command 4 th Armd Bde in Normandy until his death.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 09:55 AM

Can anyone add anymore abbreviations?
Especially those used on Service Records?
Thanks.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 11:30 AM

Adam and Co

Will you be making this thread high profile?

I believe there will be many people accessing these Abbreviations in the future.

A great inclusion to the forum site.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 12:37 PM

It's pinned already, but you may well have a good point there Tom.
I'll add a link to the front page that brings people straight here & hopefully it will continue to expand.

Edit: - Job done, link to here added to front page (left hand box - 'Military abbreviations)

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:11 PM

Some more along the modern lines
Armed Forces, Military Abbreviations, Codewords, abbreviations a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h,
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 06:12 PM

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Entries seen on the June '44 war diary against the name of an individual in my Dad's unit.

To X(II) List - (Admission to Hospital)

From X(II) List - (Discharge from Hospital)

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 06:43 PM

Three medical ones....

AXP Ambulance Exchange Point
MDS Main Dressing Station
PoP Plaster of Paris
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:32 AM

Can anyone please tell me what H2 would mean in regards to East yorkshire Yeomanry during the battle of normandy. My grandfather was a despatch rider with ERY (diary posted in Unit Docs). Could it possibly be brigade HQ or similar ? mentioned a couple of time in his diary and has me perplexed.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:21 PM

How did SNAFU not make this esteemed list? I read enough ROs to make it seem like it needed neither inclusion nor explanation.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 01:26 PM

More Abbrv's/Acronyms
15 Pages 3 at a time.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 03:00 PM

Great stuff Ken.

I've merged 2 abbreviations threads together to concentrate things. If anyone spots another thread that would fit in with this then do give myself, Gott, Paul, or Owen a shout and we'll merge them in as well.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:50 PM

LOB - Left Out of Battle ?
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