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Oflag
Offizier-Lager - "Officer Camp" German prisoner-of-war camps for Allied officers
OKH
Oberkommando der Heeres - High Command of the German Army
OKL
Oberkommando der Luftwaffe - High Command of the German Air Force
OKM
berkommando der Kriegsmarine - High Command of the German Navy
OKW
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht - High Command of the German Armed Forces
Olive
Operational code name for the Allied assault on the Gothic Line, Italy - August 1944
Omaha
Code name for one of the US Normandy beach landing areas used on D-Day, the site was between Coleville and Vierville
OPD
Operations Division of the US Department of War
OSS
Office of Strategic Services - US military intelligence and special operations agency
Overlord
Operational code name for Allied operations in Normandy and North West Europe, beginning with Operation Neptune on D-Day, 6th June 1944.
OWI
Office of War Information (USA)
Pact of Steel
Alternative name for the Rome-Berlin Axis
Panzer
"Armour" - became a general term for German tanks (the correct term for tank being Panzerkampfwagen - PzKpfw) and also used to describe armoured actions
Panzergrenadier
German mechanized infantry
Pedestal
Operational code name for a relief convoy to Malta - August 1942
Plunder
Operational code name for British/Canadian offensive across the Rhine on 13th March 1945
Pluto
Pipe Line Under The Ocean - pipeline laid under the English Channel to supply oil to the Normandy invasion forces in 1944
PNCL
Polish Committee of National Liberation
Pointblank
Operational code name for the Allied bombing offensive against Germany from 194
Priceless
Operational code name for Allied operations in the Mediterranean theatre of operations in 1943
Q-Ships
Armed Allied decoy ships used to lure Axis submarines to the surface, where they could be attacked by gunfire
Quadrant
Code name for the first Quebec conference (Churchill & Roosevelt)- August 1943
Quicksilver
Code name for deception operations involving General Patton's fictitious FUSAG
RAAF
Royal Australian Air Force
RAF
Royal Air Force (Britain)
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