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Glossary of WW2 terms and abbreviations

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Bagration
Operational codename for Soviet strategic offensive against the German Army Group Centre, June 1944.
Barbarossa
Operational code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. (Barbarossa, or "Red Beard" was the nickname for Emperor Frederick I, who attempted to unify Germanic states in the 12th century.)
Battleaxe
Operational code name for the British offensive in North Africa intended to relieve Torbuk, June 1941
Baytown
Operational code name for the Allied landings in southern Italy, September 1943
BCRA
Bureau Centrale de Renseignements et d'Action - de Gaulle's secret intelligence service
BEF
British Expeditionary Force
Benjamin
Code name for British Jamming equipment to counter German "Y-Beams"
Bernhard
Operational code name for German scheme to counterfeit British bank notes and put them into circulation - began in 1942.
Bertram
Operational code name for the British deception operations prior to El Alamein offensive, North Africa October 1942
Bestrafung
Operational code name for German "punishment" air attacks on Belgrade, April 1941
Blitzkrieg
"Lightning War" - a term used to describe the rapid German invasions using fast, piercing armoured formations
Bodenplatte
"Base Plate" - Operational code name for the German air offensive against Allied airfields in north-western Europe, January 1945
Bodyguard
Operational code name for the deception operations intended to conceal Allied intentions in north-west Europe from 1944
Bolero
Operational code name for the build up of US forces in Britain prior to the invasion of France
Bomb, The
Slang term for the computers used at Bletchley Park, England, to decode German Enigma messages
Brevity
Operational code name for the British offensive in the Halfaya Pass, May 1941
Brimstone
Operational code name for the proposed Allied invasion of Sardinia, 1944
Bromide
Code name for British Jamming equipment used to counter German "X-Beams"
Bulge, Battle of the
Term used to describe the actions following the German offensive through the Ardennes forests in December 1944.
Buzz Bomb
Nickname for the German V-1 flying bomb
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