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Rainbow
Code name given to US war plans drawn up for various scenarios
RAN
Royal Australian Navy
RCAF
Royal Canadian Air Force
RCN
Royal Canadian Navy
RDF
Radio Direction Finding
Reckless
Operational code name for US operations in Hollandia, New Guinea - April 1944
Red Army
The Soviet armed forces
Reichstag
The German Parliament
RFSS
Reichsfuehrer SS - "Reich Leader SS" the formal title of Heinrich Himmler
RIN
Royal Indian Navy
Ring
Operational code name for Soviet offensive against German army at Stalingrad - January 1943
RN
Royal Navy (Britain)
RNZAF
Royal New Zealand Air Force
RNZN
Royal New Zealand Navy
RSHA
Reichssicherheitshauptamt - "Reich Security Main Office" - orgainisation created by Himmler to coordinate all German security and police departments including the Gestapo, Kripo and SD.
Rumyantsev
Operational code name for Soviet counter offensive at the battle of Kursk, following operation Citadel - August 1943
SA
Sturmabteilungen - "Storm Troopers" - Hitler's unofficial army of thugs (aka Brownshirts) - disbanded after the blood purge of 1934
Schwarze Kapelle
"Black Orchestra" - term used to describe a group of conspirators within the German Army who plotted to overthrow Hitler. The Schwarze Kapelle came close to assassinating Hitler on July 20th 1944.
SD
Sicherheitsdienst - "Security Department" - The Nazi Party security service, intelligence gathering and counter-espionage wings of the RSHA headed by Reinhard Heydrich
SEAC
South East Asia Command (Allies)
Sealion
Operational code name for the planned German assault on Great Britain in 1940/41
SHAEF
Supreme Headquartes Allied Expeditionary Force
Shingle
Operational code name for the Allied landings at Anzio - January 1944
SIM
Servizio Informazioni Militari - the Italian military intelligence agency
Sledgehammer
Operational code name for a planned Allied invasion of France in 1942
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