British Army War Diary Abbreviations

A list of some of the common abbreviations used in British and Commonwealth Army war diaries:

A. Fd. Coy.

Army Field Company (A Fd Coy)

A. Tank

Anti-Tank

A.A.

Anti-Aircraft (AA)

A.F.V.

Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV)

A.T.S.

Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS)

A/Tk.

Anti-Tank

Adm.

Administration

Adv.

Advance

Air Fmn. Sigs.

Air Formation Signals (Air Fmn Sigs)

Amb.

Ambulance

Amm.

Ammunition

Amn.

Ammunition

Armd. Recce. Regt.

Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (Armd Recce Regt)

Armd.

Armoured

Art. Wks. Coy.

Artizan Works Company (Art Wks Coy)

Arty.

Artillery

Aslt. Bde. Ord. Fd. Pk.

Assault Brigade Ordnance Field Park (Aslt Bde Ord Fd Pk)

Aslt.

Assault

Aux.

Auxiliary

B.A.D.

Base Ammunition Depot (BAD)

B.D. Vet.

Base Depot Veterinary

B.O.

Base Ordnance (BO)

B.O.D.

Base Ordnance Depot (BOD)

B.S.D.

Base Supply Depot (BSD)

Bde.

Brigade

Bky.

Bakery

Bn.

Battalion

Brit.

British

Bty.

Battery

C.R.A.O.C.

Commander Royal Army Ordnance Corps (CRAOC)

C.R.A.S.C.

Commander Royal Army Service Corps (CRASC)

C.R.E.

Command Royal Engineer (CRE)

C.R.E.M.E.

Commander Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (CREME)

Cam.

Camouflage

Cav.

Cavalry

Cnd.

Canadian

Coln.

Column

Comd.

Command

Constr.

Construction

Coy.

Company

D.C.E.

Deputy Chief Engineer (DCE)

D.C.L.I.

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI)

D.L.I.

Durham Light Infantry (DLI)

Def.

Defence

Del.

Delivery

Dep.

Depot

Det.

Detachment

Div. Recce. Regt.

Divisional Reconnaissance Regiment (Div Recce Regt)

Div.

Divisional

Edn.

Education

Emp.

Employment

Engr.

Engineer

Engrs.

Engineers

Eqpt.

Equipment

Est.

Establishment

Evac.

Evacuation

F.S.

Field Security

Fd. Coy.

Field Company (Fd Coy)

Fd. Ord. Depot

Field Ordnance Depot (Fd Ord Depot)

Fd. Ord.

Field Ordnance (Fd Ord)

Fd. Pk. Coy.

Field Park Company (Fd Pk Coy)

Fd. Regt. Coy.

Field Regiment Company (Fd Regt Coy)

Fd. Svy. Coy.

Field Survey Company (Fd Svy Coy)

Fd.

Field

Fwd.

Forward

G.H.Q.

General Headquarters (GHQ)

G.P.T.

General Purpose Transport (GPT)

G.T.

General Transport (GT)

Gen.

General

Gov.

Government

Gp.

Group

Grn.

Garrison

Grp.

Group

H.A.A.

Heavy Anti-Aircraft (HAA)

H.Q.

Headquarters (HQ)

Hosp.

Hospital

Hy.

Heavy

Hyg.

Hygiene

Ind. Inf. Bde. Ord. Wksp.

Indian Infantry Brigade Ordnance Workshop (Ind Inf Bde Ord Wksp)

Ind. Inf. Bde. Sigs.

Indian Infantry Brigade Signals (Ind Inf Bde Sigs)

Ind. Inf. Bde. Wksp.

Indian Infantry Brigade Workshop (Ind Inf Bde Wksp)

Ind. Inf. Bde.

Indian Infantry Brigade (Ind Inf Bde)

Ind.

Indian

Indep.

Independent

Inf. Bde. A. Tk. Coy.

Infantry Brigade Army Tank Company (Inf Bde A Tk Coy)

Inf. Bde. Coy.

Infantry Brigade Company (Inf Bde Coy)

Inf. Bde. Gp.Ord. Coy. R.A.O.C

Infantry Brigade Group Ordnance Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Inf Bde Gp Ord Coy RAOC)

Inf. Bde. Ord. Coy.

Infantry Brigade Ordnance Company (Inf Bde Ord Coy)

Inf. Bde. Ord. Fd. Pk. Coy.

Infantry Brigade Ordnance Field Park Company (Inf Bde Ord Fd Pk Coy)

Inf. Bde. Ord. Fd. Pk.

Infantry Brigade Ordnance Field Park (Inf Bde Ord Fd Pk)

Inf. Bde. Ord. Wksp.

Infantry Brigade Ordnance Workshop (Inf Bde Ord Wksp)

Inf. Bde. Sigs. Sec.

Infantry Brigade Signals (Inf Bde Sigs Sec)

Inf. Bde. Sigs.

Infantry Brigade Signals (Inf Bde Sigs)

Inf. Bde. Wksp.

Infantry Brigade Workshop (Inf Bde Wksp)

Inf. Bde.

Infantry (Inf Bde)

Inf.

Infantry

Infm.

Information

L.A.A.

Light Anti-Aircraft (LAA)

L.A.D.

Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

Lab.

Labour

Lt.

Light

M.T.

Motor Transport (MT)

Maint.

Maintenance

Mech.

Mechanical

Med.

Medium

Mil.

Military

Mob.

Mobile

Mot.

Motor

Mov.

Movements

Mtn.

Mountain

Op. Coy.

Operating Company

Op. Det.

Operation Detachment

Op. Gp.

Operating Group

Op. Sec.

Operating Section

Ops.

Operations

Ord. Fd. Pk. Det.

Ordnance Field Park Detachment (Ord Fd Pk Det)

Ord. Fd. Pk. Sub. Pk.

Ordnance Field Park Sub-Park (Ord Fd Pk Sub Pk)

Ord. Fd. Pk.

Ordnance Field Park (Ord Fd Pk)

Ord.

Ordnance

Ord.Fd.Pk.

Ordnance Field Park (Ord Fd Pk)

Ord.Fd.Pk.Det.

Ordnance Field Park Detachment (Ord Fd Pk Det)

P.R.

Public Relations

Para.

Parachute

Pet.

Petrol

Pk.

Park

Pl.

Platoon

Pmr.

Paymaster

Pnr.

Pioneer

Pro.

Provost

R.A.O.C.

Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC)

R.A.S.C.

Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

R.A.V.C.

Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC)

R.E.M.E.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

Rd. Constr. Coy.

Road Construction Company (Rd Constr Coy)

Rd.

Road

Rec.

Recovery

Recce Corps

Reconnaissance Corps (Recce Corps)

Recce Regt.

Reconnaissance Regiment (Recce Regt)

Recce Sqn.

Reconnaissance Squadron (Recce Sqn)

Regt.

Regiment

Res.

Reserve

Rft.

Reinforcement

Rh.

Railhead

Rly. Op. Coy.

Railway Operating Company (Rly Op Coy)

Rly. Op. Gp.

Railway Operating Group (Rly Op Gp)

Rly.

Railway

S.L.

Search Light (SL)

S/L

Search Light (S/L)

Sec.

Section

Sigs.

Signals

Sp.

Special

Sqd.

Squadron

Sup.

Supply

Svy.

Survey

Tech.

Technical

Tk.

Tank

Tps.

Troops

Tpt.

Transport

Tptr.

Transporter

Trg.

Training

Veh.

Vehicle

Vet.

Veterinary

Wks.

Works

Wksp.

Workshop

Wrls.

Wireless