Glossary

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 www.Operation-Ladbroke.com 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