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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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A type of glider designed by the Waco Aircraft Company. The Waco was mainly used by US airborne forces.


The German Armed Forces during the Second World War.

Western 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.


The codename for the floating roadways that ran from the Mulberry harbours onto shore. These allowed ships to unload vehicles.