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ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS of WW2 and service records

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  1. Spartanroller

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    T

    T - Transmitter
    TA - Territorial Army
    TAB - Tactical Advance to Battle
    TAC – Tactical; or Translation accuracy check
    TACEVAL - Tactical Evaluation
    TADU - Target Aircraft Development Unit; or Training Aids Development Unit
    TAF - Tactical Air Force
    TAFSU - Tactical Air Force Support Unit
    TAG - Telegraphist Air Gunner (Fleet Air Arm)
    TAI - Target Area of Interest
    TAMU - Transport Aircraft Maintenance/Modification Unit
    TARU - Transport Aircraft Repair Unit
    TB - Torpedo Bomber; or Treasury Board
    TBF - Torpedo Bomber Fighter
    TBS - Torpedo & Bombing School; or Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
    TBT – Target Bearing Transmitter. Cradle for binoculars that could relay the bearing.
    TC - Training Command (Later Transport Command); or Training Centre
    TCAEU - Transport Command Aircrew Examining Unit
    TCASF - Transport Command Air Support Flight
    TCBU - Transport Command Base Unit
    TCCCS - Tactical Command, Control and Communications System
    TCDU/F - Transport Command Development Unit
    TCEU - Transport Command Examining Unit
    TCFCS - Transport Command Flight Commanders School
    TCICU - Transport Command Initial Conversion Unit
    TCMF - Transport Command Meteorological Flight
    TCNVTS - Transport Command Night Vision Training School
    TCP – Traffic Control Point
    TCPS - Transport Command Practice Flight
    TCU - Transport Conversion Unit
    TCV – Troop Carrying Vehicle
    TD - Temporary Duty
    TDC – Torpedo (firing) Data Computer
    TDS - Training Depot Station
    TDU/F/S - Torpedo Development Unit/Flight/Section
    TDU - Tactical Development Unit
    TEE - Test & Evaluation Establishment
    TEU - Tactical Exercise Unit
    TEWT - Training/Tactical Exercise Without Troops
    TF - Training Flight; or Task Force
    TFF - Target Facilities Flight
    TFPP - Temporary Ferry Pilots School; or Training Ferry Pilots Pool
    TFP - Training Ferry Pool
    TFS/F - Target Facilities Squadron
    T/F/Sgt. Temporary Flight Sergeant
    TFU - Telecommunications Flying Unit
    Tgt – Target
    TI - Target Indicator; or Time In; or Trial Installation
    TIC - Troops In Contact
    TIMs - Toxic Industrial Materials
    TIMEX - Time-Expired
    Tk – Tank
    TL - Trade Level
    TLA - Three Letter Acronym
    TM – Trench Mortar
    TMB - Trench Mortar Battery
    TMSBP - Theater Mission Specific Battle Procedure
    TMST - Theater Mission Specific Training
    Tn - Transport
    T/O - Take Off
    TOE - Table of Organization and Equipment
    TO&E - Table of Organization and Equipment
    TOET - Test of Elementary Training
    TOS - Taken on strength (of a unit); or Terms of Service
    TOT – Time On Target
    Tourex - Tour-Expired
    Tp – Troop; or Training Plan
    TPO - Teleprinter Operator
    Tpr - Trooper (Private rank equivalent - cavalry and some police)
    TPS - Test Pilots School
    Tps - Troops
    TPT – Transport ; or Target practice tracer; or Third Party Targeting
    TQ - Trade Qualification (levels; obsolete term for course training levels, ex. TQ 2, TQ 3)
    TQF - The Queens Flight
    T/R - Transmitter/Receiver
    TRE - Telecommunications Research Establishment
    Trg - Training
    Trg O -Training Officer
    TRS - Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron; or Torpedo Refresher School
    Tru - Transportable Radar Unit
    TRUMP - Tribal Class Destroyer Update and Modernization Project
    TS - Training School; or Training Squadron
    TSC - Training Support Company
    TSCU - Transport Support Conversion Unit
    T/Sgt. - Temporary Sergeant ;Technical Sergeant(2nd Grade)(US.)
    TSPC - Transport Support Practice Camp
    TSR - Torpedo Spotter Reconnaissance ; or Training and Support Request
    TSTS - Trade Selection Test Section
    TSTU - Transport Support Training Unit
    TT - Target Towing
    T.T.- Trade Training
    TTC - Technical Training Command
    TTF - Target Towing Flight; or Towed Target Flight; or Tanker Training Flight; or Torpedo Training Flight; or Transport Training Flight
    TT&G - Target Towing & Gunnery
    TTP's - Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
    TTS - Torpedo Training School/Squadron
    TTU - Torpedo Training Unit; or Target Towing Unit
    TU - Training Unit
    TUA - TOW Under Armour
    TURS - Training Unit & Reserve School
    TV - Tactical Vest
    TWDU - Tactical Weapons Development Unit
    T/W/O - Temporary Warrant Officer
    Two i/c – Second In Command (2IC)
    TWU - Tactical Weapons Unit
    T/3 Sgt. - Technical Sergeant(3rd Grade) - US.
    T/4 Sgt. - Technical Sergeant(4th Grade)
    T/5 Cpl. - Technical Corporal(5th Grade)
     
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    UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
    UAS - University Air Squadron
    U-Boot - Unterseeboot - Submarine - Ger.
    U/C Undercarriage
    UDT - Underwater Demolition Team (WW2 forerunner of today's Navy Seals)
    UED - Universal Equipment Depot
    Uffz. - UnterOffizier - Under Officer - Ger.
    UHF - Ultra High Frequency (radio)
    u/i - Unidentified
    UKADGE - UK Air Defence Ground Environment
    UKADR - UK Air Defence Region
    UKMF – United Kingdom Mobile Force
    UMS - Unit Medical Section
    Unclass – Unclassified
    UOR - Urgent Operational Requirement
    UNPROFOR - United Nations Protection Force
    UPR - Unit Personnel Record (CF 478)
    URS - Records Support Unit
    U/S – Unserviceable
    us - unserviceable
    US - United States
    USAAC - United States Army Air Corps
    USAAC/F United States Army Air Corps/Flight
    USAAF - United States Army Air Forces
    Ustfuh - Untersturmfuhrer - Ger.
    u/t - under training
    UT - University Teaching Group
    UTPNCM - University Transfer Program (Non-Commissioned Member)
    UXB - Unexploded Bomb
    UXO - Unexploded Ordnance
     
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    VAC - Veterans Affairs Canada
    VAD - Voluntary Aid Detachment
    VAdm/VADM - Vice Admiral, three star naval flag officer, – O9
    VC – Victoria Cross
    VCAS - Vice Chief of the Air Staff
    VCDS – Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
    VCP – Vehicle Check Point
    VCR - Valve, Cathode-Ray (cathode-ray tube)
    Veh – Vehicle
    VFS- Verification of Former Service
    VGS - Volunteer Gliding School
    VHF - Very High Frequency (radio frequency band)
    VISTRE - Visual Inter-Service Training & Research Establishment
    VOR - VHF Omnidirectional Range (Radio Navigation Aid);Vehicle Off Road(unserviceable)
    VR - Voluntary Release
    VS - VolksSturm - German peoples militia/home guard force
     
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    WAAC - Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (UK)
    WAAF - Women's Auxiliary Air Force
    WACS - West Africa Communication Squadron
    WARD - Western Aircraft Repair Depot
    W/Cdr - Wing Commander
    WCAD - War Casualty Accounts Department
    WCS - Western Communication Squadron
    WD – Womens Division (Airforce)
    WDCF/U - Western Desert Communication Flight/Unit
    WDU - Wireless Development Unit
    WE - War Establishment
    WEE - Wireless Experimental Establishment
    Wef - With Effect From
    WEM - Wireless Electrical Mechanic
    Wg - Wing
    WIA - Wounded In Action
    WIDU - Wireless Intelligence Development Unit
    Wksp - Workshop
    WL - Wing Leader
    WO - Warrant Officer; or War Office (UK)
    WO1 - Warrant Officer First Class
    WO2 - Warrant Officer Second Class
    W/Op - Wireless Operator
    WOp/AG - Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    WORD - Western Ontario Regimental Depot
    WOS - Wireless & Observers School/Wireless Operators School
    WOT1 War Office Type 1 Fire Tender
    WOU - Wireless Operators Unit
    WRAF - Women's Royal Air Force
    WRAFVR (T) - Women's Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training branch) (disbanded with WRAF)
    WS - Wireless School
    W/T - Wireless Telegraphy (morse code communicatons)
    WTO-AGP - World Trade Organization – Agreement on Government Procurement
    WTP - Wireless Testing Park
    WTS - Wireless Telegraphy School; or Weapons Training Squadron
    WTt - Wireless Telegraphy
     
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    XM - Experimental Model (followed by numbers/letters) - US.
    XO - Executive Officer (Navy); 2nd in command, reports to the CO
     
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    YandD - Bureau of Yards and Docks
    yd - Yard
    YO - Young Officer
     
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    z.b.V. zur besonderen Verwendung - For special use (personnel medical classification) - Ger.
    ZI - Zone of Interior, World War II official term for the United States. The term CONUS replaced it.
    Zug - Platoon - Ger.
    Zulu - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Standardized Military Time
    Z.Z.E - Zeigerzieleinrichtung - dial sight (artillery) - Ger.
     
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    1st Lt. - First Lieutenant -US.
    1st Sgt. - First Sergeant(1st and 2nd Grade) - US.
    2IC – 2nd in Command
    2Lt - Second Lieutenant
    2nd Lt. - Second Lieutenant
    404s - DND 404 (Military Driver's License) - Canada
     
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    You are aware that a similar thread already exists for this, arn't you?
     
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    do you have a link? couldn't find it anywhere - you're the first to mention it
     
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    Thanks - will combine any i don't have yet in - It'll take a couple of weeks to get this one properly filled in with the majority of the abbs. etc (got about 20 more lists to mix in)- we'll see how it goes :)
     
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    Nigel, my suggestion is for you to go through the link that Tomcat mentioned and cull those that relate to WW2. Many of them seem to be nonsensical. When you have gone through that list, I'll close it to be sure there is no confusion. I don't think anyone has added to it in a couple of years.
     
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    will do Lou - give me a day or two :)
     
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    Ok this thread is now open for business - It is however still an incomplete work in progress and I will be adding in elements from a good selection of lists I have over the next couple of weeks.

    What everyone could do to help if possible, is each time they come across an abbreviation or term that they need to figure out, please post the findings here and I can add them to the lists.

    If anyone has any good lists of abbreviations etc, please post them here - currently particularly short of medal/award abbreviations (all nations), service record specific abbreviations, Italian, French and Russian(Roman Alphabet) abbreviations (ranks,unit types,equipments,organisations) and any more you don't see represented in the list so far.

    If at all possible post them in the format of the others so I can just cut and paste, but anyway they come will be useful.

    If everyone can throw me an abbreviation or two that isn't in the list every time they log on, or every time they find or use a new one, these lists will soon be functional.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    thanks Ray - I'll work through them later :) - actually if you can and have the time then go ahead...?
     
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    MPEG - Military Police Escort Guard (usually Limited Service Soldiers) used to transport POWS to the rear and/or to the States. These men for those I personally saw did a 4.0 job without much recognition. SgtLeo
     
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    Thanks Sgt Leo - trying to add - having trouble editing at moment :)
     
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    To add to the heap.
    WW2T's main Abbreviations thread, mostly for the Commonwealth in WW2 obsessed - needs tidying up somewhat, but still rather handy:
    Abbreviations - World War 2 Talk

    In a similar vein perhaps, a transcription of an SoTT German Technical glossary I did a while back. Sometimes useful for the confused Panzer-nerd:
    School of Tank Technology - Glossary of German Tank Terms - German/English Technical Glossary - 1943 - World War 2 Talk

    There is a very handy little book that's helped me out many times on more general terminology:
    Dictionary of Military Terms 3rd Edition ELT Trade Cover: Amazon.co.uk: Richard Bowyer: Books
    It's pretty good on acronyms too, but they're mostly from modern parlance, so you sometimes have to sort of translate into WW2 speak.

    ~A
     
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