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D-Day produced thousands of code names, acronyms, abbreviations and many other strange and unusual terms and names!

We have compiled a list of some of the most common terms related to D-Day. If you think something is missing, please let us know.

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Small German fast attack craft. E-boats were a threat to allied ships on D-Day and sank the Norwegian ship Svenner.

Eastern Front

The campaign between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in Russia and Eastern Europe from 1941 to 1945.

Eastern Task Force

A group of naval vessels that supported the US landings on D-Day. It included bombarding warships, minesweepers escorts, assault ships and landing craft.

Eisenhower, Dwight

An American Army general and statesman, President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front.

El Alamein, Battle of

Two battles were fought at El Alamein in Egypt during the North African campaign of the Second World War. The Second Battle of El Alamein led to the defeat of the Axis forces in North Africa. The British Eighth Army was commanded by Field Marshal Montgomery and the Axis forces were commanded by Rommel.

embarkation point

Places where troops boarded landing craft or ships to sail to France.


Codename for a type of cipher machine used by the German armed forces and intelligence agencies to send secret messages. The Enigma code was broken by codebreakers at Bletchley Park, allowing the Allies to read Enigma signals.

Epsom, Operation

The codename for a British offensive between 26 and 30 June 1944. The operation aimed to outflank and capture Caen from the west. The operation ended after the Battle of Villers Bocage.