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SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE, 1940-1946

Series 1, Special Operations in Western Europe

Part 1: France: The Jedburgh Teams and Operation Overlord, 1944-1945,

Part 2: France: Political and Planning Files, Circuits and Missions, 1940-1947

Part 3: Germany, 1936-1945

Part 4: Holland, 1940-1949

Part 5: Italy, 1941-1948

Abbreviations and Code Names

The following list provides details on the abbreviations and code names which occur frequently in the SOE records. It does not contain all the abbreviations and code names found in the files, but is included here for general guidance on some of the most common instances.

AD/B
Head of mission, Gibraltar; this abbreviation also appears to have been used for the SOE director of
intelligence and security in London.

AD/E
SOE head of operations, north-west Europe (also known as London section). Headed by EE Mockler
Ferryman from March 1943.

AL
SOE Airforce liaison section.


Barking

Albania.


BCRA

Bureau Central de Renseignements et d’Action (Free French Centre for Intelligence and Action).


BLO

British Liaison Officer.


BOA

Bureau d’Opérations Aériennes (France).


BRAL

Bureau de Renseignements et d’Action Londres (Free French, London office for Research and Action).


CD

Head of SOE; from August 1940, Sir Frank Nelson; from May 1942, Sir Charles Hambro; from September 1943, General Sir Colin Gubbins.


CDL

Comité Départemental de la Libération (French).


CEO

Chief Executive Office; Gladwyn Jebb to May 1942.


CFL

Corps Frances de la Libération (French).


CFLN

Comité Français de la Libération Nationale (French Committee of National Liberation).


CLN

Comitato di Liberazione.


CLNAI

Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale dell’ Alta Italia.


CNR

Conseil National de la Résistance (France, National Council of Resistance).


COMAC

Comité d’Action Militaire (Military Action Committee of CNR).


DF Escape

section of SOE, working in north-west Europe.


DGSS

Direction Générale des Services Spéciaux (Gaullist Special Services Executive).


DMOS

Délégué Militaire Operations Sud.


D/R SOE

eputy head of operations, north-west Europe.


EMFFI

État Major des Forces Français de l’Intérieur (General Staff, French Forces of the Interior).


EU/P

Liaison section, Polish forces in France.


F

Independent country section for France.


FCNL

French Committee of National Liberation.


FFI

Forces Françaises de I’Intérieur (unified French forces, under General Koenig).


FIL

Front de L’indépendence et la Liberation, Belgium.


FTP

Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (French Communist resistance; literally sharp-shooters and partisans).


Group G

Belgium, small specialized sabotage group, an SOE creation, through Tybalt/Claudius mission.


GB 2502

Head of Tangier mission, Barbara Salt.


H

Iberian section; also denotes head of section.


ISRB

Inter Services Research Bureau.


ISSU

Inter Service Signals Unit.


Ilford

Austria.


M

Head of SOE operations section.


Massingham

SOE base near Algiers.


MEW

Ministry of Economic Warfare.


MGB

Motor Gun Boat.


MLN

Mouvement de Libération Nationale (Federation of the Earl of Murray with Northern resistance groups, France).


MNB

Mouvement National Belge.


MTB

Motorised torpedo boat.


MUR

Mouvements Unis de la Résistance (consolidation of Combat, Libération, and Franc-Tireurs).


N

SOEcountry section for the Netherlands.


OD

Orde Dienst (Holland).


ORA

Organization de Résistance de l’Armée (Army resistance organisation, disbanded by Germans, 1942, France).


Osric

Code name given to Brigade Blanches or Troupes Secrètes, General Gerard, Belgium.


OVRA

Organizzazione di vigilanza e repressione dell’antifascismo (Italy, organization for repressing anti-fascists).


OSS

Office of Strategic Services.


PCF

Parti communiste française (French Communist Party).


PCI

Partiti comunista italiano (Italian Communist Party).


PICKAXES

name given to Russian agents, to be infiltrated by SOE.


PWE

Political Warfare Executive.


RF

Free French/Gaullist Section of SOE.


SAP

Section d’attérrisage et de parachutage (Section for landings, parachuting, southern France).


SO

Minister of Economic Warfare, head of SOE; initially Hugh Dalton, he was succeeded by Lord Selborne in February 1942.


SOE/SO

Joint SOE/OSS group, working into north-western Europe.


SPOC

Special Project Operations Centre (Algiers).


SPU

pecial Planning Units, Belgium.


STO

Service du Travail Obligatoire (France).


STS

Special Training Schools.


Surbiton

Yugoslavia.


T

Section of SOE working into Belgium and Luxemburg.


V/CD

Deputy to CD; H N Sporborg from September 1943.


V1 and V2

German weapons; V1 was a pilotless rocket aircraft and the V2 was a larger rocket missile, V standing for Vergeltungswaffe, or reprisal weapon.


X

Section of SOE concerned with work into Germany and Austria.


13 Land

Belgium.

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