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FH
Fremde Heere - German intelligence evaluation service
FHO
Fremde Heere Ost - German intelligence evaluation service - eastern section
FHW
Fremde Heere West - German intelligence evaluation service - western section
Final Solution
Name given to the German policy of genocide of the Jewish population
Fischfang
"Fish Trap" - Operational code name for the German counter attack on the Allied beachead at Anzio in February 1944
Flash
Code name for the assassination attempt on Hitler by the Schwarze Kapelle in March 1943 - where a bomb was placed on Hitler's aircraft.
Flat Top
Nickname for aircraft carrier
Flintlock
Operational code name for the US invasion of the Marshall Islands in January 1944
Forager
Operational code name for the US invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1944
Forschungsamt
The intelligence service of the Luftwaffe
Fortitude
Operational code name for the Allied deception operations prior to the invasion of Normandy
FUSAG
First US Army Group - a fictitious army group under the command of General Patton which appeared to be based in south-east England prior to the Normandy landings and was intended to give the impression that the Allies were due to invade France via the Pas de Calais
Galvanic
Operational code name for the US occupation of the Gilbert Islands - November 1943
GC&CS
Government Code and Cipher School - based at Bletchley Park, England
Gestapo
Geheime Staatspolizei - the German Secret State Police
GKO/GOKO
Soviet State Defence Committee
Gold
Code name for one of the landing beaches in Normandy (in the British/Canadian sector) in the area of Arromanches
Gomorrah
perational code name for the RAF bombing of Hamburg in July/August 1943
Goodwood
Operational code name for the Allied breakout from Normandy via Caen in July 1944
Gothic Line
German defence line in Italy - north of Florence
Granit
Operational code name for the US operations in the Central Pacific - March 1944
Greif
Operational code name for the dropping of English-speaking German Troops wearing American uniforms behind the Allied lines in the Ardennes, prior to Hitler's last offensive in the west
Grenade
Operational code name for the US offensive in the Rhineland - February 1945
Gustav Line
German defence line in Italy - centred on Monte Cassino
H2S
British airborne radar used for identifying and locating ground targets
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