A/ (rank) Acting
AA Anti-aircraft
A & SH of C The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s)
AB Airborne
ACM Air Chief Marshal
ACV Armoured command vehicle
ADAG Assistant Deputy Adjutant General
Adm. Administration or Administrative
Adrep. Administrative Report
AEAF Allied Expeditionary Air Force
AFV Armoured fighting vehicle
AG Adjutant General
A. Gp. Army Group
AGRA Army Group, Royal Artillery
AGRE Army Group, Royal Engineers
AHQ Army Headquarters
Alq. R. The Algonquin Regiment
ANCXF Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force
APC Armoured personnel carrier
Appx Appendix
Armd. Armoured
Arty. Artillery
ASSU Air Support Signal Unit Anti-Tank
AVRE Assault Vehicle, Royal Engineers
BAOR British Army of the Rhine
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
Bde. Brigade
BGS Brigadier, General Staff
Bn. Battalion
Brig. Brigadier
Brit. or Br. British
Camerons of C. The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada
CH of O. The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG)
CAOF Canadian Army Occupation Force
CAORO Canadian Army Overseas Routine Order
Capt. Captain
Cas. Casualties
CB Companion of the Order of the Bath
CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire
CB Highrs. The Cape Breton Highlanders
CCRA Commander, Corps Royal Artillery
CCS Combined Chiefs of Staff
CD Canadian Forces Decoration
Cda., Cdn. Canada, Canadian
Cdo. Commando
CE Chief Engineer
CFC Canadian Forestry Corps
CFN Canadian Forces in the Netherlands
CH Companion of Honour
CIGS Chief of the Imperial General Staff
C-in-C Commander-in-Chief
Civ. Civil
cm. centimetre
Cmdr. Commander
CMHQ Canadian Military Headquarters (London)
COHQ Combined Operations Headquarters
Col. Colonel
Comd Commander
CO Commanding Officer
C. of S. Chief of Staff
COS Chiefs of Staff
Cositrep. Combined Situation Report
COSSAC. Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander (designate)
Coy. Company
CRA Commander, Royal Artillery
CRE Commanding Royal Engineer
CRS Captured Records Section, Washington
CSM Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer, Class II)
C. Scot. R. The Canadian Scottish Regiment
CSO Chief Signal Officer
CWAC Canadian Women’s Army Corps
DA & QMG Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General
DAG Deputy Adjutant General
DAPM Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
DCCAO Deputy Chief Civil Affairs Officer
DCGS Deputy Chief of the General Staff
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
DD (tanks) Duplex Drive (amphibious)
DDOS Deputy Director, Ordnance Services
Devon Devonshire Regiment
Div. Division
DSO Distinguished Service Order
DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
DWR Duke of Wellington’s Regiment
ED Canadian Efficiency Decoration
Engr. Engineer
Fd. Field
48th Highrs. 48th Highlanders of Canada
Fus. MR Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal
GAF German Air Force
G/C Group Captain
gd. ground
Gen. General
GHQ General Headquarters
GOC General Officer Commanding
GOC- in-C. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Gp. Group
Gren. Grenadier
GS General Staff
GSO 1 General Staff Officer, Grade 1
HAA Heavy Anti-aircraft
Hast. & PER The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
HE High Explosive
Highrs. Highlanders
Hist. Historical
HLI of C. The Highland Light Infantry of Canada
HMCS His Majesty’s Canadian Ship
HMS His Majesty’s Ship
HQ Headquarters
Incl. including or inclusive
Inf. Infantry
Instr. Instruction
Int. Intelligence
ISUM. Intelligence Summary
KG Knight of the Garter
Lake Sup. Regt. The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)
LCA Landing Craft, Assault
LCG Landing Craft, Gun
LCG(L) Landing Craft, Gun (Large)
LCI(S) Landing Craft, Infantry (Small)
LCM Landing Craft, Mechanized
LCS(L) Landing Craft, Support (Large)
LCS(M) Landing Craft, Support (Medium)
LCT Landing Craft, Tank
LCV(P) Landing Craft, Vehicle (Personnel)
L. Edmn. R. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment
LSI Landing Ship, Infantry
Lieut. or Lt. Lieutenant
Linc. & Welld. The Lincoln and Welland Regiment
LMG Light Machine-Gun
LO Liaison Officer
L of C Line(s) of Communication
LST Landing Ship, Tank
Lt.-Col. Lieutenant-Colonel
Maj. Major
MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire
MC Military Cross
Med. Medium
MGA Major-General in Charge of Administration
MIRS Military Intelligence Research Section
ML Motor Launch
mm. millimetre
MM Military Medal
Mtd. Mounted
NCO Non-commissioned officer
NDHQ National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
NRMA National Resources Mobilization Act
N. Shore Regt. The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment
Nth. NS Highrs. The North Nova Scotia Highlanders
OB Oberbefehlshaber. (Commander-in-Chief)
OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire
OC Officer Commanding
OCMH Office of the Chief of Military History, Washington
Offr. Officer
OKH Oberkommando des Heeres (Army High Command, Berlin)
OKW Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (Armed Forces High Command)
OO Operation Order
OP Observation Post
Op(s) Operation(s)
Oxford & Bucks Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Para. Parachute
PIAT Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank
Pol. Polish
PPCLI Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
PW Prisoner(s) of War
Pz. Panzer
QOR of C. The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
RAC Royal Armoured Corps
RAF Royal Air Force
RCA Royal Canadian Artillery
RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force
RCASC Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
RCE Royal Canadian Engineers
RCEME Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
RCHA Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCOC Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps
RCR The Royal Canadian Regiment
R. de Mais. Le Régiment de Maisonneuve
RE Royal Engineers
recce. reconnaissance
REME Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
RHC The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
RHQ Regimental Headquarters
RHLI The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
RN Royal Navy
RP Rocket Projector
R. Regt. C. The Royal Regiment of Canada
RSF Royal Scots Fusiliers
RUR Royal Ulster Rifles
R. Wpg. Rif. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
SAS Special Air Service
SASO Senior Air Staff Officer
SD (German) Sicherheitsdienst (Nazi party secret service abroad)
SD & G. Highrs. The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
Sec. Section
SHAEF Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force
Sitrep. Situation Report
SOE Special Operations Executive
SP Self-Propelled
sp. support
Sqn. Squadron
SS (British) Special Service
SS (German) Schutzstaffel (Protective Unit) (Nazi party organizations, including military formations)
S. Sask. Regt. The South Saskatchewan Regiment
Tac. Tactical
TAF Tactical Air Force
Tel. Telegram
TOO Time of Origin
tps. troops
trans. translation
trg. training
UK United Kingdom
US United States
USAAF United States Army Air Forces
USMC United States Marine Corps
VC Victoria Cross
VD Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers’ Decoration
VG Volksgrenadier (People’s Grenadier)
WD War Diary
West NS Regt. The West Nova Scotia Regiment
WFSt Wehrmachtfuhrungsstab (Armed Forces Operations Staff)
WO War Office
WO2 Warrant Officer, Class IT
YMCA Young Men’s Christian Association