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a. Acronyms

A

  • AAA – (“Triple-A”) – Anti-Aircraft Artillery 
  • AAAV – Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle
  • AAC – Army Air Corps (British Army)
  • AADC – Area Air Defence Commander
  • AAM – Air to Air Missile
  • AAV – Amphibious Assault Vehicle
  • ABM- Anti-Ballistic Missile
  • AC – Armour Class
  • ACW – Amercan Civil War
  • AD&D – Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
  • AH –  Attack Helicopter
  • APC – Armoured Personnel Carrier – Armour Piercing Capped (ammunition)
  • APCNR – Armour-Piercing, Composite Non-Rigid (ammunition)
  • APCR – Armour-Piercing, Composite Rigid (ammunition)
  • APDS – Armour-Piercing, Discarding-Sabot (ammunition)
  • APFSDS –  Armour-Piercing, Fin-Stabilised, Discarding Sabot (ammunition)
  • APHE –  Armour-Piercing, High Explosive (ammunition)
  • ASM – Air to Surface Missile
  • ASRAAM – Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile
  • ASW – AntiSubmarine Warfare 
  • AT – Anti-Tank
  • ATCCIS – Army Tactical Command and Control Information System
  • ATGM –  Anti-Tank Guided Missile
  • ATGW – Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
  • ATV – All-Terrain Vehicle
  • AWC – Aberdeen Wargames Club
  • AWI – American War of Independance

 

B

  • BAO – Battlefield Air Operations
  • BAOR – British Army Of the Rhine
  • BAS – Battalion Aid Station
  • BCIS -Battlefield Combat Identification System
  • BCT – Brigade Combat Team
  • BGWG – Battle Group Wargame
  • BLT –  Bacon Lettuce Tomato (sandwich)
  • BMEWS – Ballistic Missile Early Warning System
  • Bn –  Battalion
  • BNICE – Biological, Nuclear, Incendiary, Chemical, and Explosive Agents
  • BOS – Battlefield Operating System
  • BRDM – Russian Combat Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle
  • BTID – Battlefield Target Identification Device
  • BTIS – Battlefield Target Identification System

C

  • C2 – Command and Control
  • CAP – Combat Air Patrol
  • CATK – Counterattack
  • CAV – Cavalry
  • CCH – Computer Controlled Hostile
  • Cdr – Commander
  • CDS – Chief of the Defence Staff
  • CH – Chieftain tank
  • Char – Charisma (RPG stat)
  • CIWS – Close-In Weapon System
  • CO – Commanding Officer
  • Con – Constitution (RPG stat)
  • CI – Counter Insurgency
  • Coy – Company (military unit)
  • CZ – Combat Zone 

D

  • DAO – Division Ammunition Officer
  • DBA – De Bellis Antiquitatis (miniature wargaming rules)
  • DBBL – Dismounted Battlespace Battle Laboratory
  • DBF – Detection By Fire (weapon launch signature)
  • DBM – De Bellis Multitudinis (miniature wargaming rules)
  • DBM –  Detection By Movement (military target)
  • DBMM – De Bellis Magistrorum Militum (Miniature wargaming rules)
  • DBR – De Bellis Renationis (miniature wargaming rules)
  • D&D – Dungeons and Dragons 
  • DF – Direct Fire – Direction Finding 
  • DSAS -Disney Sing Along Songs
  • DWG – Divisional Wargame (military simulation)
  • DWM – Doctor Who Magazine
  • Dex – Dexterity (RPG stat) 

E

  • EC  Electronic Combat 
  • ECHR – European Convention on Human Rights
  • ECM – Electronic Counter-Measures 
  • EHC – Extra Heavy Cavalry
  • EHI – Extra Heavy Infantry
  • EIAH – Encyclopedia of Iranian Architectural History
  • EL – Elephant
  • EMP – ElectroMagnetic Pulse
  • ENY – Enemy
  • EOS – Earth Observation Satellite
  • EW – Electronic Warfare
  • EZ – Extraction Zone

  F

  • FLOW Focused Logistics Wargame
  • FA – Field Artillery 
  • FAA – Fleet Air Arm 
  • FAAD – Forward Area Air Defence
  • FAADEZ – Forward Area Air Defence Engagement Zone
  • FAASV – Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle
  • FAC – Forward Air Controller –
  • FARP – Forward Arming and Refuelling Point
  • FASCAM – Field Artillery Scatterable Mines
  • FAT – Field Artillery Tractor
  • FAVS – Future Armoured Vehicle System
  • FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FC – Fire Control
  • FCZ – Forward Combat Zone
  • FEBA – Forward Edge of the Battle Area
  • FEZ – Fighter Engagement Zone
  • FFOV – Forward Field Of View
  • FIBUA – Fighting In Built-Up Areas
  • FIFO – First In, First Out
  • FILO – First In, Last Out
  • FiST – Fire Support Team
  • FLET – Forward Line of Enemy Troops
  • FLIR – Forward Looking InfraRed (sensor)
  • FLOT – Forward Line of Own Troops
  • FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act
  • FMSF – False Memory Syndrome Foundation
  • FOG – Field of Glory (wargames rules)
  • FS – Fire Support (military)
  • F&SF – The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • FSO – Fire Support Officer 
  • FST – Fire Support Team –
  • FTL – Faster Than Light
  • FW – Fixed Wing

 G

  • GBU – Glide-Bomb Unit 
  • GCI – Ground-controlled interception
  • GDW – Game Designers Workshop
  • GEN – Full General
  • GEO – Geostationary Earth Orbit 
  • GEV – Ground Effect Vehicle
  • GLINT – Gallium-arsenide Laser Illuminator for Night TV 
  • GPU –  Russian Police “State Political Administration”
  • GW – Games Workshop – Germ Warfare – Guided Weapon 
  • GZ – Ground Zero

H

  • HALO – High Altitude Low Opening (parachuting) 
  • HAM – Amateur radio operator
  • HARM – High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile
  • HAW – Heavy Antitank Weapon
  • HAWK – Homing All the Way Killer (air defence system)
  • HC – Heavy Cavalry
  • HD – Hull-Down (armoured vehicle target, as opposed to Fully Exposed) 
  • HE – High Explosive
  • HEAT – High Explosive Anti-Tank (ammunition)
  • HEER – High-Explosive Extended Range (ammunition)
  • HEIC – Honourable East India Company
  • HEMP – (a) High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse
  • HEO – Highly Elliptical Orbit
  • HEOSS – High Earth Orbit Space Surveillance
  • HEP – High-Explosive Plastic (ammunition)
  • HESH – High Explosive Squash Head (ammunition)
  • HI – Heavy Infantry
  • HIMEZ – High Altitude Missile Engagement Zone
  • HLVW – Heavy Logistics Vehicle, Wheeled
  • HMCE – Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise
  • HMG – Heavy Machine Gun
  • HMO – Health Management Organization
  • HMS – Helmet-mounted display – Her Majesty’s Ship (Royal Navy)
  • HMV – His Master’s Voice
  • HOTT  – Hordes of the Things (fantasy wargaming rules; a play on The Lord of the Rings)
  • HP – Hit Points
  • HQ – Head Quarters
  • HTK – Hits to Kill
  • HTR – Heated Towel Rail
  • HVAP – High Velocity Armour Piercing (ammunition)
  • HVM – High Velocity Missile
  • HVP – High-Velocity Projectile 
  • HYW – Hundred Years War 

 

I

  • IADS – Integrated Air Defence System
  • ICBM – Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
  • ICV – Infantry Carrier Vehicle
  • IED – Improvised Explosive Device
  • IEW – Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
  • IFAK – Individual First Aid kit
  • IFF – Identification Friend or Foe
  • IFV – Infantry Fighting Vehicle
  • IJN – Imperial Japanese Navy (World War II)
  • IMR – Russian  “Engineer Vehicle Obstacle-Clearing”
  • IN – Infantry
  • Int – Inteligence (RPG stat)
  • IRBM – Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile
  • IRC – International Red Cross 

J

  • JK – Jedi Knight 
  • JSP – Joint Services Publication
  • JRSAI – Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
  • JW – Jehovah’s Witnesses 

K

  •  K9 – Dr Whos’ Robotic assistant
  • KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken 

L

  • LARP – Live-Action Role-Playing
  • LASER – light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
  • LAV – Light Armoured Vehicle
  • LAW – Light Antitank Weapon
  • LCol – Lieutenant-Colonel
  • LEO – Low Earth orbit
  • LHI – Light Heavy Infantry
  • LC – Light Cavalry
  • LI – Light Infantry
  • LLAD – Low Level Air Defence
  • LMG – Light Machine Gun
  • LMI – Light Medium Infantry
  • LNO – Liaison Officer
  • LOS – Line Of Sight
  • LOTR or LotR – Lord of the Rings
  • LR-ATGW – Long-Range Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
  • LRGW – Long-Range Guided Weapon
  • LRS – Long Range Surveillance 

M

  • MBT – Main Battle Tank
  • Me – Messerschmitt
  • MC – Medium Cavalry
  • MG – Machine Gun
  • MI – Medium Infantry  
  • MILAN – Missile d´infanterie léger antichar (French, “Anti-Tank Light Infantry Missile”)
  • MLRS – Multiple-Launch Rocket System
  • MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb
  • MP – Magic points
  • MRAV – Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle
  • MRBM – Medium Range Ballistic Missile
  • MRL – Multiple Rocket Launcher 

N

  • NAAFI – Navy, Army and Air Force Institute
  • NAAK – Nerve Agent Antidote Kit (Mk 1)
  • NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NBC – Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
  • NCO – Non-Commissioned Officer
  • NLW – Non-Lethal Weapon
  • NVG – Night Vision Goggles
  • NWA – National Wrestling Alliance 

O

  • OIC – Officer In Charge
  • OMGW –  “Oh My Gosh it’s Windy”
  • ONCE – Spanish, “National Organization for the Spanish Blind”
  • OOBE – Out-of-body experience
  • ORBAT – Order of Battle 

P

  • PAMELA –  Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics
  • PCB – Pie, chips and beans  (yes please)
  • PDF – Principal Direction of Fire
  • PIC – Person In Charge
  • Pln – Platoon
  • PO – Post Office
  • POG – Passionfruit, Orange and Guava
  • POTC – Pirates of the Caribbean
  • POW – Prisoner of war 

Q

  • Quango – QUasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation

 

R

  • RADAR – RAdio Detection And Ranging
  • RCZ – Rear Combat Zone
  • ROV – Remotely Operated Vehicle
  • RPG – Role Playing Game
  • RPG – Rocket Propelled Grenade
  • R&R – Rest & Relaxation
  • RV – Reconnaissance Vehicle
  • RWS – Remote Weapon Station 

S

  • SAHB – Sensational Alex Harvey Band
  • SAS – Special Air Service 
  • SAW – Squad Automatic Weapon
  • SCHIMS – Soldier Combat Helmet Identification Marking System
  • SciFi – Science Fiction
  • SEAD – Suppression of Enemy Air Defence(s)
  • SETI – Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence
  • SFSFW – Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction Wargamers
  • SHC – Super Heavy Cavalry
  • SHI – Super Heavy Infantry
  • SNAFU – Situation Normal —All Fouled Up
  • SOA – Society of Ancients
  • SPI – Simulations Publications, Inc. (wargames designer and publisher)
  • SR-ATGW – Short-Range Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
  • SRB –  Solid Rocket Booster
  • SSM – Surface-to-Surface (Guided) Missile
  • SSV –  Soft-Skinned Vehicle (i.e, unarmoured)
  • Str – Strenth (RPG stat)
  • Stuka – Sturzkampfflugzeug (German WWII dive bomber)
  • SYW – Seven Years War 

T

  • TMP – The Miniatures page
  • TNB – Tea and Biscuits
  • TSR – Tactical Studies Rules (wargames rules and games publisher)
  • TTW – Tactical Training Wing
  • TTW – Tank-To-Wheels
  • TTW  – Territorial Waters
  • TTW – Transition to War (NATO)
  • TTW  – Tropical Tower Wars (gaming, World of Warcraft)
  • TTW  – The Tolkien Wiki
  • TTW – Time of Tension of War
  • TTW – Table-Top Wargaming
  • TTW – Tactical Trench Wars (gaming) 

U

  • UN – United Nations
  • UPS – Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • USS – United Star Ship (Star Trek)
  • UTB – Under The Bed
  • UXB – Unexploded Bomb 

V

  • VA – Vatican City-State
  • VACIS – Victorian Ambulance Clinical Information System
  • VB – Victoria Bitter (beer) 
  • VC – Viet Cong  (cong san Viet Nam- Vietnamese communist)
  • VE – Victory in Europe
  • VLVS – Very Loud, Very Stinky
  • VSTOL – Vertical Short Take-Off and Landing
  • VTOL – Vertical Take-Off & Landing
  • VW – Volkswagen 

W

  • WAB – Warhammer Ancient Battles (wargames rules)
  • WFD -Weapon(s) of Focused Destruction
  • WFZ – Weapons Free Zone
  • Wis – Wisdom (RPG stat)
  • WL – Wehrmacht Luftwaffe (German World War II air force vehicle licence plate code)
  • WM – Wehrmacht Marine (German World War II navy vehicle licence plate code)
  • WMD – Weapon[s] of Mass Destruction 
  • WNSD – What’s New, Scooby-Doo?
  • WO – Warrant Officer
  • WOW – World of Warcraft – Wings of War (wargames rules)
  • WP – White Phosphorus (ammunition)
  • WWF – World Wildlife Fund
  • WWI – World War I
  • WWII – World War II
  • WWIII – World War III
  • WWWF – World Wide Wrestling Federation 

X

 

Y

 

Z

  • ZOPFAN – Zone Of Peace, Freedom And Neutrality
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