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Glossary of WW2 terms and abbreviations

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Capital
Operational code name for the recapture of northern Burma in 1944
Case Green
Operational code name for the intended German military invasion of Czechoslovakia
Case Red
Operational code name for counterstrike against France in the event of an attack on Germany from the West
Case White
Operational code name for the German invasion of Poland
Case Yellow
Operational code name for the German invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium and France
Catapult
Operational code name for the destruction of the French Fleet by the British in North Africa, July 1940
Catchpole
Operational code name for the US assault on the Marshall Islands, 1944
CCS
Combined Chiefs of Staff (Allies)
Chain Home
British air-defence radar
Chastise
Operational code name for the "Dam Busters" raid by 617 squadron RAF in May 1943, on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in the Ruhr area of Germany
Chindits
Long-range penetration troops (British and Gurkha) who worked behind the Japanese lines in Burma.
CIGS
Chief of the Imperial General Staff (British)
Citadel
Operational code name for the German attack on the Soviet forces near Kursk, July 1943
Cobra
Operational code name for the American breakout from Normandy in July 1944
Cockade
Operational code name for Allied deception operations intended to draw attention away from Normandy prior to D-Day
Comintern
Communist International organisation created to promote the spread of communism from the Soviet Union - disbanded in 1943.
Commando Supremo
Italian supreme command
Compass
Operational code name for British operations in Egypt against the Italians in December 1940
COSSAC
Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Commander. HQ of the CCS in London.
Crossbow
Operational code name for Allied attacks on V-1 launch sites
Crusader
Operational code name for British attempts to relieve Torbruk beginning in November 1942
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