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Glossary of WW2 terms and abbreviations

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Herbstnebl
"Autumn Mist" - Operational code name for the German offensive in the Ardennes, December 1944 - Also known as The Battle of the Bulge
HIWI
Hilfsfreiwillige - German Army volunteer forces usually made up of Soviet volunteers
Holocaust
The act of genocide carried out by Germany on the Jewish population of Europe
Huff-Duff
HF/DF - High Frequency / Direction Finding - British radio detection system used to pinpoin the direction of broadcasts from German submarines and ships and thus locate the transmitting craft
Humint
Human Intelligence - Intelligence gathered by spies and informers (as opposed to signals intelligence or SIGINT)
Husky
Operational code name for the Allied landings in Sicily - July 1943
IA
Indian Army
Ichi Go
Operational code name for the Japanese offensive operations in Eastern China - April 1944
IFF
Identification Friend or Foe - Radio device fitted to aircraft in order to identify the aircraft as friendly when approaching home radar stations
INA
Indian National Army
Jael
Operational code name for the Allied deception operations in Europe - later called Plan Bodyguard
JCS
Joint Chiefs of Staff - US high command, representing US Army and Navy
JIC
Joint Intelligence Committee - Top intelligence body in both USA and UK
JPS
Joint Planning Staff - British military planning organization
JSC
Joint Security Control - US organization, subordinate to the JCS responsible for security/codebreaking/deception operations
Jubilee
Operational code name for the British-Canadian raid on Dieppe - August 1942
Juno
Operational code name for one of the D-Day landing areas in Normandy between the Provence River and the town of St. Aubin sur Mer - principally a Canadian landing area
Jupiter
Operational code name for British plan to invade Norway
Kempei
Japanese military police
Knickebein
"Crooked Leg" - German navigational system using radio beams to guide bombers
Kondor Mission
German espionage operation based in Egypt
Konstantin
Operational code name for the German occupation of the Balkans areas previously occupied by Italian forces - September 1943
Kriegsmarine
The German Navy
Kripo
Kriminalpolizei - German criminal police department
Kutusov
Operational code name for the Soviet offensive against German forces in the Kursk Salient - July 1943
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