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Glossary of WW2 terms and abbreviations

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Term Definition
MAAF
Mediterranean Allied Air Force
MAC
Mediterranean Air Command
Magic
Code name for US code breaking operations against the Japanese
Maginot Line
Series of sophisticated French fortifications positioned along France's eastern borders consisting of steel and concrete anti-tank emplacements and pillboxes
MAN
German armed anti-nazi resistance group, named after the MAN engineering works in Bavaria
Manhattan Project
Cover name (actually 'Manhattan Engineer District') for the development of the atomic bomb in the USA
Maquis
Name given to groups of the French Resistance (after a type of foliage in Corsica, behind which resistance fighters on the island used to hide)
Marita
Operational code name for the German attack on Greece in April 1941
Market Garden
Operational code name for the Allied operation intended to establish a bridgehead across the river Rhine at the town of Arnhem in the Netherlands
Menace
Operational code name for Allied operations at Dakar - September 1940
Merkur
"Mercury" - Operational code name for the German air attacks on Crete - April 1941
Message Personnels
System used to communicate with members of the Resistance on the European mainland from Britain by using coded messages broadcast on BBC radio
MI5
British security service responsible for national security matters within the United Kingdom
MI6
British security service, otherwise known as the Secret Intelligence Service, responsible for collecting foreign intelligence relating to national security
MI9
British service responsible for assisting escaped prisoners of war
Milice
Paramilitary police force of Vichy France (Milice Francaise)
Millennium
Operational code name for the RAF bombing of Cologne - May 1942
Mincemeat
Operational code name for British deception operation in April 1943 where false operational plans were planted on a corpse and left floating off the coast of Spain - The Germans intercepted and believed the plans, which gave the impression that an Allied invasion of Greece was iminent, whereas the real invasion was planned for Sicily
Moonshine
British device used on aircraft to fool German radar into seeing far more aircraft than actually existed
MT
Motor Transport
MTB
Motor Torpedo Boa
MTO
Mediterranean Theatre of Operations
Mulberries
Transportable floating harbours constucted from hollow concrete, towed to the D-Day landing sites and used to offload equipment and supplies during the Normandy landings
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