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Glossary of WW2 terms and abbreviations

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Term Definition
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
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