SOE Section Symbols and Code Numbers

A list of some of the more common Special Operations Executive section symbols and general code numbers.

12-land

Germany

19-land

Denmark

21-land

Finland

22-land

England

26-land

Norway

31-land

Latvia

36-land

Sweden

38-land

Poland

43-land

Estonia

46-land

Lithuania

93-land

Scandinavia

95-land

Russia

AD/E

Director of SOE London Group/Head of SOE in NW Europe

AD/H

Director of Mediterranean Operations

AD/M

Musgrove

AL

Air Operations

AMX

Massingham Mission

AQ/F

FANY personnel

AQ/H

HQ Admin

AQ/O

Stationery

AQ/S

Stores and Equipment

B/B

Delhi Group

CD

Executive Director of SOE

D

Head of Section D (one of SOE’s forerunners)

D/A

Administration

D/AF

Offices, furniture and telephones

D/AG

Air Raid Precautions

D/AT

Transport

D/CA

Arms

D/CAM.F

Special Supplies

D/CE

Security

D/D

Devices

D/E

Wireless

D/FIN

Finance

D/H

Balkans and Middle East (Cairo Group)

D/N

Persian staff

D/P

Russia

D/PLANS

Future Planning

D/PROPS

Land and Buildings

D/Q

Press Propaganda

D/R

French, Dutch and Belgian Sections

D/S

Scandinavia

D/SD

War Establishments

D/T

Security

D/YC

Codes, Cyphers and Telegrams

D/Z

Shipping

DSP

Special Propaganda Directorate, Middle East

DSR

Director of Scientific Research

DSS

Security Special Section

DT

Liaison with SIS

E

Equipment & Supplies/Director of Services

E/C

Codes

EU/P

Poles abroad, Minorities

F

France

G-60,000

President Roosevelt

H

Spain and Portugal (Iberia)

J

Italy, Malta and Switzerland

K

Special Liaison and Far East

L

Planning and Intelligence

MG

General Staff (London Group)

MP

Poland

MS

Communications

MT

Training

MTH

Hungary

MY

Czechoslovakia

N

Netherlands

O

Far East

OSA

Official Secrets Act

PTC

‘Put through the cards’, Used in SOE personal files indicating when the subject was negatively vetted, i.e. when a check was carried out of the MI5 card index to see if anything was recorded against the person.

Q

North Africa

RF

Allied French

S

Scandinavia

SO

Minister of Economic Warfare (Ministerial head of SOE)

STS

Special Training School

T

Belgium

U

USA and South America

UKCC

United Kingdom Commercial Corporation

W

East and West Africa

X

Germany and Austria

YM

Military Attaché

YP

Embassy

ZC

UKCC Headquarters

ZE

Ministry of Economic Warfare (MEW) Headquarters

ZNO

Zone non-occupée (Vichy France)

ZO

Zone occupée (Occupied France)