Question on Abbreviations for German and Allied Units

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Question on Abbreviations for German and Allied Units

Post by CV60 » 01 Oct 2018 20:01

I am working on a game dealing with World War II, and a question has arisen regarding the proper abbreviations used by all the major allied and axis ETO powers (US/UK/France/USSR/Germany/Italy) for designating a unit. For example, in the US Army, "A" company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment would be designated as "A/1-15". What we would like to have is the proper abbreviation format for all the major powers, from squad to division, (as well as a reference citation, if possible) In the US Army it looks like this:

Squad: Number
Platoon: Number
Company: Letter
Battalion: Number
Regiment: Number
Division: Number

Can anyone on the list steer me in either an answer to this question for each of the major combatants in WWII, and/or possible ways to research this issue? Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Question on Abbreviations for German and Allied Units

Post by askropp » 01 Oct 2018 22:03

Germany:

2. Gruppe
2. Zug
2. Kompanie
II. Bataillon
Infanterieregiment 2
2. Infanteriedivision
II. Armeekorps
2. Armee
Heeresgruppe B
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Re: Question on Abbreviations for German and Allied Units

Post by CV60 » 02 Oct 2018 00:08

askropp wrote:
01 Oct 2018 22:03
Germany:

2. Gruppe
2. Zug
2. Kompanie
II. Bataillon
Infanterieregiment 2
2. Infanteriedivision
II. Armeekorps
2. Armee
Heeresgruppe B
Thank you for the quick reply Am I correct in assuming that Gruppe/Zug/Kompanie as well as division and Army are designated with numbers, Bataillon, and Armeekorps with Roman numerals, and Army Groups with letters?

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Re: Question on Abbreviations for German and Allied Units

Post by Richard Anderson » 02 Oct 2018 05:05

CV60 wrote:
01 Oct 2018 20:01
I am working on a game dealing with World War II, and a question has arisen regarding the proper abbreviations used by all the major allied and axis ETO powers (US/UK/France/USSR/Germany/Italy) for designating a unit. For example, in the US Army, "A" company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment would be designated as "A/1-15". What we would like to have is the proper abbreviation format for all the major powers, from squad to division, (as well as a reference citation, if possible) In the US Army it looks like this:

Squad: Number
Platoon: Number
Company: Letter
Battalion: Number
Regiment: Number
Division: Number
Um, "A/1-15" is modern American Army abbreviation. World War II that would be 'A' Co, 1st Bn, 15th Inf. Or some variation, things weren't quite as regulated then as now. :lol:
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Re: Question on Abbreviations for German and Allied Units

Post by jpz4 » 06 Oct 2018 13:06

askropp wrote:
01 Oct 2018 22:03
Germany:

2. Gruppe
2. Zug
2. Kompanie
II. Bataillon
Infanterieregiment 2
2. Infanteriedivision
II. Armeekorps
2. Armee
Heeresgruppe B
I've also seen plenty of examples where roman numerals are used for platoons: II. Zug
Since both Roman and Arabic numerals were used for platoons I do wonder about the official regulations...

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