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.
Head of mission, Gibraltar; this abbreviation also appears to have been used for the SOE director of
intelligence and security in London.
SOE head of operations, north-west Europe (also known as London section). Headed by EE Mockler
Ferryman from March 1943.
SOE Airforce liaison section.
Bureau Central de Renseignements et d’Action (Free French Centre for Intelligence and Action).
British Liaison Officer.
Bureau d’Opérations Aériennes (France).
Bureau de Renseignements et d’Action Londres (Free French, London office for Research and Action).
Head of SOE; from August 1940, Sir Frank Nelson;
from May 1942, Sir Charles Hambro; from September 1943, General Sir Colin Gubbins.
Comité Départemental de la Libération (French).
Chief Executive Office; Gladwyn Jebb to May 1942.
Corps Frances de la Libération (French).
Comité Français de la Libération Nationale (French Committee of National Liberation).
Comitato di Liberazione.
Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale dell’ Alta Italia.
Conseil National de la Résistance
(France, National Council of Resistance).
Comité d’Action Militaire (Military Action Committee of CNR).
section of SOE, working in north-west Europe.
Direction Générale des Services Spéciaux
(Gaullist Special Services Executive).
Délégué Militaire Operations Sud.
eputy head of operations, north-west Europe.
État Major des Forces Français de l’Intérieur
(General Staff, French Forces of the Interior).
Liaison section, Polish forces in France.
Independent country section for France.
French Committee of National Liberation.
Forces Françaises de I’Intérieur (unified French forces, under General Koenig).
Front de L’indépendence et la Liberation, Belgium.
Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (French Communist resistance; literally sharp-shooters and partisans).
Belgium, small specialized sabotage group, an SOE creation, through Tybalt/Claudius mission.
Head of Tangier mission, Barbara Salt.
Iberian section; also denotes head of section.
Inter Services Research Bureau.
Inter Service Signals Unit.
Head of SOE operations section.
SOE base near Algiers.
Ministry of Economic Warfare.
Motor Gun Boat.
Mouvement de Libération Nationale (Federation of the
Earl of Murray with Northern resistance groups, France).
Mouvement National Belge.
Motorised torpedo boat.
Mouvements Unis de la Résistance (consolidation of Combat, Libération, and Franc-Tireurs).
SOEcountry section for the Netherlands.
Orde Dienst (Holland).
Organization de Résistance de l’Armée (Army resistance organisation, disbanded by Germans, 1942, France).
Code name given to Brigade Blanches or Troupes Secrètes, General Gerard, Belgium.
Organizzazione di vigilanza e repressione dell’antifascismo
(Italy, organization for repressing anti-fascists).
Office of Strategic Services.
Parti communiste française (French Communist Party).
Partiti comunista italiano (Italian Communist Party).
name given to Russian agents, to be infiltrated by SOE.
Political Warfare Executive.
Free French/Gaullist Section of SOE.
Section d’attérrisage et de parachutage (Section for landings, parachuting, southern France).
Minister of Economic Warfare, head of SOE; initially Hugh Dalton, he was succeeded by Lord Selborne in February 1942.
Joint SOE/OSS group, working into north-western Europe.
Special Project Operations Centre (Algiers).
pecial Planning Units, Belgium.
Service du Travail Obligatoire (France).
Special Training Schools.
Section of SOE working into Belgium and Luxemburg.
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.
Section of SOE concerned with work into Germany and Austria.