Some of the following abbreviations date from WW2, and appear in excerpts from archive documents. Others are used in the text of the articles on to save space when, for example, unit names are repeated.

AA – Anti-aircraft (fire)

A/C – Aircraft

AD – Airborne Division, as in 1 AD

ADMS – Assistant Director Medical Services

ADS – Advance Dressing Station (as opposed to MDS)

AFPU – Army Film & Photographic Unit (British)

1 ALB – 1st Air Landing Brigade

CCP – Company / Casualty Collecting Post

CCS – Casualty Clearing Station

CCU – Combat Camera Unit (American)

CO – Commanding Officer

DZ – Drop zone (for paratroopers)

FA – Field Ambulance, as in 181 FA

FCRE – Field Company Royal Engineers, as in 9 FCRE

Flak – AA (from the German word)

GP – Glider pilot

GPR – Glider Pilot Regiment (British)

HQ – Headquarters

LZ – Landing zone (for gliders)

MDS – Main Dressing Station (as opposed to ADS)

MG – Machine gun

OR – Other Rank(s) (i.e. not officers)

PA-S – Piazzaforte Augusta-Siracusa, the fortified zone around the ports of Syracuse and Augusta

RAF – Royal Air Force

RAMC – Royal Army Medical Corps

RAP – Regimental Aid Post

RSF – Royal Scots Fusiliers

SAS – Special Air Service

SMO – Senior Medical Officer

SRS – Special Raiding Squadron (of 1 SAS)

2 SS – 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment

TCC – Troop Carrier Command, USAAF

TCG – Troop Carrier Group, USAAF

TCS – Troop Carrier Squadron, USAAF

TCW – Troop Carrier Wing, USAAF

USAAF – United States Army Air Force