List of Abbreviations and Symbols

Editor’s Note.—This list does not include standard abbreviations in common usage; unusual abbreviations of rare occurrence which are clarified at appropriate points; and those abbreviations and contractions which, although uncommon, are understandable from the context.

  • A– (plus number), airgram
  • A–1 , –2 , –3 , –4 , sections of an air staff
  • A–A , Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Mr. Armour
  • AAF , Army Air Forces (U.S.)
  • AC , Allied Commission
  • AC of S , Assistant Chief of Staff
  • AF , Division of African Affairs, Department of State
  • ACA , Allied Control Authority
  • AFA , Allied Financial Agency
  • Afem (Mefa) , indicators for messages relating to the Foreign Aid Act of 1947 (Public Law 389)
  • AFHQ , Allied Force Headquarters (Mediterranean Theater)
  • AFL , American Federation of Labor
  • AFRA , Allied Forces Record Administration
  • AGWar , Adjutant General, War Department
  • AICC , All-India Congress Committee
  • AMG , Allied Military Government
  • AMGVG , Allied Military Government, Venezia Giulia
  • Am Vat , American mission at Vatican City
  • ANFD , Alianza National de Fuerzas Democraticas (Spanish political group)
  • AOA , American Overseas Airlines
  • APC , Allocation Policy Committee of the European Coal Organization
  • ARAR , Azienda Rilievo Alienazione Residuati, the Agency of the Italian Government to receive surplus materiel, and to dispose of it on a commercial basis
  • ASAA , Allied Supply Accounting Agency
  • ASC , Advisory Steering Committee on European Recovery Program
  • ASGI , Army Survey Group, Italy
  • AT , Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • ATC , Air Transport Command
  • AUS , Army of the United States
  • AUSA , Assistenza degli Stati Uniti d’America, Assistance of the United States of America, the Italian designation of the U.S. Foreign Aid Program
  • BC , Division of British Commonwealth Affairs, Department of State
  • Benelux , Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
  • BETFor , British Element, Trieste Forces
  • BMA , British Military Administration
  • BOAC , British Overseas Airways Corporation
  • BOT , Board of Trade (United Kingdom)
  • BTA , British Troops, Austria
  • CA , Constituent Assembly, India
  • CAA , Civil Aeronautics Administration
  • CBI , China-Burma-India
  • CCC , Commodity Credit Corporation
  • CCF , Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (Canada)
  • CCS , Combined Chiefs of Staff
  • CEEC , Committee (or Conference) of European Economic Cooperation
  • CFM , Council of Foreign Ministers
  • CGIL , Confederazione Generate Italiana del Lavoro (General Confederation of Labor in Italy)
  • CGMTO , Commanding General, Mediterranean Theater of Operations
  • CGT , Confédération Générale du Travail (French labor group)
  • c.i.f. , cost, insurance, freight
  • CIG , Central Intelligence Group
  • C–in–C , Commander-in-Chief
  • CIO , Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • cirtel , circular telegram
  • CLNAI , Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale dell’ Alta Italia, Committee of National Liberation of Upper Italy
  • CMF , Central Mediterranean Force (British)
  • CNT , Confederatión National del Trabajo (Spanish labor group)
  • Colit (Itcol) , indicators for messages from (to) London dealing with the question of convening the Deputies (of the CFM) for the Former Italian Colonies
  • ComGenMed , Commanding General, Mediterranean
  • CP , Division of Commercial Policy, Department of State
  • CPF , Communist Party of France (PCF)
  • CRO , Commonwealth Relations Office (United Kingdom)
  • CSGID , Ground Intelligence Division, War Department General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • Delsec (Secdel) , indicators for messages to (from) the Secretary of State while heading a U.S. delegation away from Washington
  • DepItCol , Deputies (of the CFM) for the Italian Colonies
  • Deptel , telegram from Department of State
  • DPs , displaced persons
  • DRE , Division of Research for Europe, Department of State
  • EAD , External Affairs Department
  • ECE , Economic Commission for Europe
  • ECO , European Coal Organization
  • ECOSOC , Economic and Social Council, United Nations
  • ED , Division of Investment and Economic Development, Department of State
  • EM , enlisted man, enlisted men
  • Embdes , Embtel , despatch, telegram from an American Embassy
  • ETA , ETD , estimated time of arrival, departure
  • ETO , European Theater of Operations
  • EUCOM , European Command
  • EUR , Office of European Affairs, Department of State
  • EXIM , Export-Import Bank of Washington
  • F , code letter used in 1946 and 1947 by the War Department to indicate a message from Caserta to a single addressee
  • FAA , Foreign aid and assistance
  • Fan (Naf) , indicators for messages from (to) Combined Chiefs of Staff to (from) Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean, AFHQ
  • FLC , Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • FN , Division of Financial Affairs, Department of State
  • FNA , French North Africa
  • FonMin , FonOff , foreign minister, ministry, office
  • FX , code letters used in 1946 and 1947 by the War Department to indicate a message from Caserta directed to several addressees
  • G–1 , –2 , –3 , –4 , –5 , sections of a military staff, in a division or larger unit
  • GA , General Assembly
  • GATT , General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • GHQ , General Headquarters
  • GOC , General Officer Commanding
  • GOI , Government of India
  • GOP , Government of Pakistan
  • GPU , Soviet secret police
  • GSC , General Staff Corps
  • GREEN , Greenland
  • HMG , His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom
  • IAC , Iceland Airport Corporation
  • IARA , Inter-Allied Repatriations Agency
  • IBRD , International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • ICAO , International Civil Aviation Organization
  • ICS , Indian Civil Service
  • IEFC , International Emergency Food Council
  • IMF , International Monetary Fund
  • IMI , Istituto Mobiliare Italiano (Italiian financial institution)
  • INA , Indian National Army
  • INS , International News Service
  • InterCross , International Red Cross
  • IR , International Resources Division, Department of State
  • IRI , Institute for Industrial Reconstruction (in Italy)
  • Itcol , see Colit
  • ITO , International Trade Organization
  • ITP , Office of International Trade Policy, Department of State
  • JCS , Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Kosmos (Moskco), indicators for messages from (to) the United States delegation at the Fourth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers at Moscow on subjects other than C.F.M. business
  • Lasco (Salco) , indicators for messages from (to) Department of State to (from) U.S. representative to the European Coal Organization
  • LE , Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • LP , Division of Lend-Lease and Surplus War Property Affairs Department of State
  • MA , military attaché
  • MAR , military attaché report
  • Martel (Telmar) , indicators for telegrams from (to) the Secretary of State at the Fifth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers at London, November–December 1947
  • MEA , Mission for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy, London
  • Mefa , see Afem
  • MILA , Military Liquidating Agency
  • MOFP , Ministry of Fuel and Power (United Kingdom)
  • Moskco , Kosmos
  • MRP , Mouvement Républicain Populaire (French political party)
  • MTO , Mediterranean Theater of Operations
  • MTOUSA , Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army
  • mydes , mytel , my despatch, telegram
  • NAC , National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Problems
  • Naf , see Fan
  • Niact , night action (urgent message)
  • NKVD , Soviet secret police
  • NWFP , North West Frontier Province (India)
  • ODT , Office of Defense Transportation
  • OFD , Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • OFLC , Office of Foreign Liquidation Commissioner
  • OIE , Office of Information and Educational Exchange, Department of State
  • OIR , Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OMGUS , Office of Military Government (for U.S. Zone of Germany)
  • Par (Rap) , indicators for messages relating to the U.S. Foreign Relief Program
  • PCF , Parti Communiste Français, the French Communist Party
  • PL , Public Law
  • PM , Prime Minister
  • PCI , Partito Comunista Italiano, the Italian Communist Party
  • POL , petroleum, oil, lubricants
  • PolAd , Political Adviser
  • POW’s , PW , prisoners of war
  • PriMin , Prime Minister
  • PRL , Parti Républicain de la Liberté (French political party)
  • PSLI , Partito Socialist a dei Lavoratori Italiani, Socialist Party of Italian Workers, or Saragat Socialists
  • PTT , posts, telephone, telegraph
  • R–Day , Ratification Day (as applied to the Treaty of Peace with Italy)
  • RAF , Royal Air Force (British)
  • Rap , see Par
  • reemb , with reference to embassy’s (message)
  • refdes , reftel , despatch, telegram under reference
  • remy , with reference to my (message)
  • reourad , reurade , with reference to our, your, radiogram
  • reourtel , reurtel , with reference to our, your telegram
  • RFC , Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • RGR , Rassemblement des Gauches Républicaines (French political party)
  • RJ , Ratification by Yugoslavia of the Treaty of Peace with Italy
  • RPF , Rassemblement du Peuple Français (French political party)
  • S-Day , Signature Day (as applied to the Treaty of Peace with Italy)
  • SAC , Supreme Allied Commander
  • SACMED , Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean
  • Safehaven , a program directed against efforts by the Axis governments to secrete funds or other assets in neutral countries
  • Salco , see Lasco
  • SAS , Scandinavian Airlines System
  • SC , Security Council
  • SCAP , Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (in Japan)
  • SD , social democrats
  • SE , Division of Southern European Affairs, Department of State
  • Secdel , see Delsec
  • SecState , Secretary of State
  • SHAEF , Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force
  • SOA , Division of South Asian Affairs, Department of State
  • SPITS , Spitsbergen, Svalbard
  • SWN , designation for a series of papers presented to the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee
  • SWNCC , State, War, Navy Coordinating Committee, and also a designation of a series of papers presented to that Committee
  • SYG , Secretary General
  • TA , Trade Agreement
  • TAC , Interdepartmental Committee on Trade Agreements
  • Telmar , see Martel
  • TIAS , Treaties and Other International Acts Series, official publication by the Department of State superseding the Treaty Series and the Executive Agreement Series
  • TRUST , Trieste United States Troops
  • UDSR , Union Démocratique et Sosialiste de la Resistance (French political party)
  • UE , Office of the Under Secretary of State for Economic affairs
  • UGT , Unión General del Trabajadores (Spanish labor group)
  • UNESCO , United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNGA , United Nations General Assembly
  • UQ , Uomo Qualunque (Mr. Everyman), a movement, and then a political party, founded in Italy in 1946 by Guglielmo Giannini, a movement of protest against the anti-Fascists
  • urdes , urtel , your despatch, telegram
  • USAFE , United States Air Forces in Europe
  • USAF , United States Air Force
  • USFET , United States Forces, European Theater
  • USDel , U.S. Delegation
  • USFA , United States Forces in Austria
  • USFAP , United States Foreign Aid Program
  • USFRP , United States Foreign Relief Program
  • USG , United States Government
  • USIS , United States Information Service
  • USPolAd , United States Political Adviser
  • VG , Venezia Giulia
  • WAA , War Assets Administration
  • WARX , War Department call sign, for messages emanating from the War Department or from Army Head quarters, Washington
  • WD , War Department
  • WDSCA , War Department Special Staff, Civil Affairs Division
  • WE , Division of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WFTU , World Federation of Trade Unions
  • WPA , Works Progress Administration
  • YMS , Auxiliary Motor Mine Sweeper (Navy symbol)
  • yrdes , yrtel , your despatch, telegram
  • Z.I. , Zone of the Interior