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Division
A basic army formation made up of between 12,000 and 18,000 men
Domino
British equipment used to counter the German Y-Beam (Y-Gerat) bombing system
Downfall
Operational code name for the planned Allied assault on Japan in 1945
Dragoon
Operational code name for Allied operations in the South of France formerly known as Anvil
DUKW
An amphibious truck used by the Allies. D=1942 (design date); U=Utility Vehicle; K=All Wheel Drive; W=2 powered rear axles
Dynamo
Operational code name for the British evacuation of Dunkirk in May/June 1940
Eagle's Nest
Name given to Hitler's mountain-top home at Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps
EAM/ELAS
The Greek Resistance
Einsatzgruppen
German death-squads operating in occupied territories and carrying out mass-murders
Elektra
A German radio-navigational system
Enigma
German message encryption equipment
ENSA
Entertainments National Service Association - UK organisation for entertaining troops abroad.
Etappendienst
German naval intelligence department
ETO
European Theatre of Operations
Eureka
Code name for the Allied conference in Teheran Nov/Dec 1943
Fahnenheid
The oath of allegiance to Hitler sworn by the German Army
Fall Gelb
Case Yellow - Operational code name for the German invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium and France
Fall Gruen
Case Green - Operational code name for the intended German military invasion of Czechoslovakia
Fall Rot
Case Red - Operational code name for counterstrike against France in the event of an attack on Germany from the West
Fall Weiss
Case White - Operational code name for the German invasion of Poland
FCNL
French Comittee of National Liberation
Feldgendarmerie
German military police
Feldgrau
"Field Grey" - term used to describe the ordinary German soldier - from the colour of his tunic.
Felix
Operational code name for the German plan to capture Gibraltar in 1941
FFI
French Forces of the Interior
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