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–A, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Armour)
  • AA, Air Attaché
  • AA, anti-aircraft
  • AAF, Army Air Forces (U.S.)
  • AC, Allied Commission
  • ACC, Allied Control Commission, or Council
  • AC of S, Assistant Chief of Staff
  • AFA, Allied Financial Agency
  • Afem, series indicator for messages relating to the Foreign Aid Act of 1947 (Public Law 389)
  • AFHQ, Allied Force Headquarters (Mediterranean Theater)
  • AFL, American Federation of Labor
  • AGWar, Adjutant General, War Department
  • Alusna, U.S. Naval Attaché
  • AMAG, American Mission for Aid to Greece
  • Amag, series indicator for messages relating to the American Mission for Aid to Greece
  • Amb, Ambassador
  • AMC, Allied Military Command (of the Allied Zone of the Free Territory of Trieste)
  • AmDel, American Delegation
  • AmEmb, American Embassy
  • AMG, Allied Military Government
  • AMGVG, Allied Military Government, Venezia Giulia
  • ANFD, Alianza National de Fuerzas Democraticas (Spanish political group)
  • AOA, American Overseas Airlines
  • AT, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • ATC, Air Transport Command
  • AusDel, Austrian Delegation or Delegate at the Danube Conference in Belgrade
  • BalCom, Unied National Special Committee on the Balkans
  • Balgen, series indicator for telegrams to the United States Representative on the United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans, at Geneva
  • BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • BC, Division of British Commonwealth Affairs, Department of State
  • BEA, British European Airways
  • Benelux, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
  • BETFor, British Element, Trieste Forces
  • BMA, British Military Administration
  • bn, battalion
  • BOAC, British Overseas Airways Corporation
  • BOT, Board of Trade (United Kingdom)
  • BTA, British Troops, Austria
  • CA, Conference Attaché
  • CAA, Civil Aeronautics Administration
  • CAB, Civil Aeronautics Board
  • CC, Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • CCAC, Combined Civil Affairs Committee
  • CCP, Chinese Communist Party
  • CCS, Combined Chiefs of Staff
  • CD, Christian Democrat
  • CE, Division of Central European Affairs, Department of State
  • CEEC, Committee (Council, Conference) for European Economic Cooperation
  • Cere, series indicator for messages relating to the CEEC
  • CFM, Council of Foreign Ministers
  • CGMTO, Commanding General, Mediterranean Theater of Operations
  • ChNav-Grp, Chief, Naval Group
  • CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • c.i.f., cost, insurance, and freight
  • C-in-C, Commander in Chief
  • CINCNELM, Commander in Chief, Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean
  • CIO, Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • CIOS, Combined Intelligence Operations Section
  • circair, circular airgram
  • cirtel, circular telegram
  • CMF, Central Mediterranean Force (British)
  • CNO, Chief of Naval Operations
  • Combal, series indicator for telegrams from the U.S. Representative on the United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans
  • ComGen, General Committee at the Belgrade conference on free navigation of the Danube River
  • ComGenMed, Commanding General, Mediterranean
  • Cominform, Communist Information Bureau
  • Comm One, Committee One of the United Nations
  • COMOS, Continental Motor Shipping Company, Vienna
  • CP, Division of Commercial Policy, Department of State
  • CP, Communist Party
  • CPF (PCF), Communist Party of France
  • CPI, Communist Party of Italy
  • CPJ, Communist Party of Yugoslavia
  • CPSU, Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • CRC, Central Rhine Commission, at Strasbourg, France
  • CRO, Commonwealth Relations Office (United Kingdom)
  • CSA, Czechoslovak State Airline
  • CSGID, Ground Intelligence Division in the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • CSGPO, Plans and Operations Division, General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • DAG, Democratic Army of Greece (insurgent military force)
  • DDSG, Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft, First Danube Steamship Company, Austrian shipping company, founded in 1829
  • DefenseSec, Secretary of Defense
  • Deldu, series indicator for messages from the U.S. Delegate to the Danube Conference in Belgrade
  • Delga, series indicator for messages from the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly
  • Delsec, series indicator for messages to the Secretary of State while heading a U.S. Delegation away from Washington
  • Depcircair, circular airgram from the Department of State
  • Depcirinst, circular instruction from the Department of State
  • Depintel, Depinfotel, information telegram from the Department of State
  • Deptel, telegram from the Department of State
  • desp, despatch
  • Detert Company, founded in Hungary in 1936 for shipping via the Danube to the Black Sea and beyond
  • DP, displaced person
  • DRE, Division of Research for Europe, Department of State
  • DS, Division of Protective Services, Department of State
  • Dudel, series indicator for messages to the U.S. Delegate to the Danube Conference in Belgrade
  • E, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • ECA, Economic Cooperation Act, or Administration
  • Ecato, series indicator for messages from the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington to its missions abroad
  • ECE, Economic Commission for Europe
  • ECO, European Coal Organization
  • Econ, series indicator for messages to the U.S. Delegation to the Economic Commission for Europe
  • ECOSOC, Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • ED, Division of Investment and Economic Development, Department of State
  • EE, Division of Eastern European Affairs, Department of State
  • EM, enlisted man, enlisted men
  • Embdes, despatch from an American Embassy
  • Embniact, night action (urgent) message from an American Embassy
  • Embtel, telegram from an American Embassy
  • EP, Division of Economic Property Policy, Department of State
  • ERP, European Recovery Program
  • Esso, Ekpaidevtiki Seira Stratevsimon Opliton (Enlisted Conscript Training Course)
  • ETA, estimated time of arrival
  • ETD, estimated time of departure
  • EuCom, European Command, U.S. Army
  • EUR, Office of European Affairs, Department of State
  • ExIm, or Ex-Im Bank, Export-Import Bank of Washington
  • FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice
  • FC, Division of Foreign Activity Correlation, Department of State
  • FEC, Far Eastern Commission
  • FLC, Foreign Liquidation Commismissioner, Department of State
  • FN, Division of Financial Affairs, Department of State
  • FonMin, Foreign Minister, Ministry
  • FonOff, Foreign Office
  • FPRY, Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia
  • FRB, Federal Reserve Bank
  • FSO, Foreign Service Officer
  • FTT, Free Territory of Trieste
  • Fund, International Monetary Fund
  • FY, fiscal year
  • FYI, for your information
  • G–1, –2, –3, –4, –5, sections of a military staff, in a division or larger unit
  • GA, General Assembly of the United Nations
  • Gadel, series indicator for messages to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly
  • Gama, series indicator for messages relating to the American Mission for Aid to Greece
  • GATT, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • Genbal, series indicator for telegrams from the United States Representative on the United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans, at Geneva
  • GGS, Greek General Staff
  • GHQ, General Headquarters
  • GNA, Grand National Assembly (Bulgaria)
  • GNA, Greek National Army
  • GOC, Committee of Good Offices for the Netherlands East Indies of the United Nations Security Council
  • GOC, General Officer Commanding
  • GPU, Soviet secret police
  • GSC, General Staff Corps
  • GTI, Division of Greek, Turkish and Iranian Affairs, Department of State
  • HMG, His (Her) Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom (or in The Netherlands, etc.)
  • HRC, House of Representatives Committee
  • IARA, Inter-Allied Reparation Agency
  • IBD, Division of International Broadcasting, Department of State
  • IBRD, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • IC, Interim Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations
  • ICAO, International Civil Aviation Organization
  • IEFC, International Emergency Food Council
  • IMF, International Monetary Fund
  • IMRO, Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization
  • infotel, information telegram
  • INP, Division of International Press and Publications, Department of State
  • INS, International News Service
  • inst, instruction
  • IR, International Resources Division, Department of State
  • IRO, International Refugee Organization
  • IS, Division of International Security Affairs, Office of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • ITO, International Trade Organization
  • ITP, Office of International Trade Policy, Department of State
  • IWG, International Working Group
  • JCS, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JIC, Joint Intelligence Committee, in the American Embassy in the Soviet Union
  • JUSMAPG, Joint United States Military Advisory and Planning Group
  • JUSPAD, Yugoslav-Soviet Joint Shipping Company
  • KKE, Kommounistikon Komma Ellados (Communist Party of Greece)
  • KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines
  • L, Le, Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State
  • LA, Latin America
  • Lasco, series indicator for messages from the Department of State to the U.S. Representative to the European Coal Organization
  • Legtel, telegram from an American Legation
  • LP, Division of Lend-Lease and Surplus War Property Affairs, Department of State
  • MA, Military Attaché
  • MAA, Miliary Air Attaché
  • MAORT, Magyar Amerikai Olajipari Reszenytarsasag (Hungarian-American Oil Company)
  • MAR, Military Attaché report
  • Martel, series indicator for messages from Secretary of State Marshall
  • ME, Middle East
  • MEA, Mission for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy, London
  • Mefa, series indicator for messages relating to the Foreign Aid Act of 1947 (Public Law 389)
  • MESZHART, Joint Soviet-Hungarian Navigation Company
  • MFN, most favored nation
  • MGB, Ministry of State Security in the Soviet Union, in control of the secret political police
  • MID, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union
  • MILA, Military Liquidating Agency
  • MinFonAff, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • MOFP, Ministry of Fuel and Power (United Kingdom)
  • MRP, Mouvement Républicain Populaire (French political party)
  • MTO, Mediterranean Theater of Operations
  • MTOUSA, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army
  • mydes, my dispatch
  • mytel, my telegram
  • NA, Naval Attaché
  • NAC, National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Problems
  • NDC, National Defense Corps (Greek)
  • NDE, National Defense Establishment
  • NEA, Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs, Department of State
  • NEI, Netherlands East Indies
  • niact, night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NKVD, Soviet secret police
  • NME, National Military Establishment
  • Noce, series indicator for messages from the U.S. Delegation to the Economic Commission for Europe
  • NOE, Division of Northern European Affairs, Department of State
  • NOF, Narodnoosloboditelniot front (Macedonian National Liberation Front)
  • NSC, National Security Council
  • NSRB, National Security Resources Board
  • NV, note verbale
  • OA, Division of International Organization Affairs, Department of State
  • OBP, Office of Budget and Planning, Department of State
  • OEEC, Organization for European Economic Cooperation
  • OFD, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • OFLC, Office of Foreign Liquidation Commissioner, Department of State
  • OIE, Office of Information and Educational Exchange, Department of State
  • OIR, Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OIT, Office of International Trade, Department of Commerce
  • OMGUS, Office of Military Government for Germany (United States)
  • OSR, Office of the U.S. Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • OVIR, Bureau of Visas and Registration of Foreigners, in the Ministry for Internal Affairs of the Soviet Union
  • P, Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  • PAA, Pan American Airways
  • Par, series indicator for messages relating to the U.S. Foreign Relief Program
  • Patsu, series indicator for telegrams to the American Mission for Aid to Turkey, at Ankara
  • PED, Petroleum Division, Department of State
  • PL, Public Law
  • PM, Prime Minister
  • POL, pertroleum, oil, and lubricants
  • PolAd, Political Adviser
  • POS, Public Affairs Overseas Program Staff, Department of State
  • PPS, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • PriMin, Prime Minister
  • R, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Research and Intelligence
  • R/SPS, Special Projects Staff of R
  • Rap, series indicator for messages relating to the U.S. Foreign Relief Program
  • Rece, series indicator for messages relating to the CEEC
  • reEmb, regarding Embassy’s message
  • refdes, despatch under reference
  • reftel, telegram under reference
  • remy, regarding my message
  • reourtel, regarding our telegram
  • Repto, series indicator for messages to the Economic Cooperation Administration headquarters in Washington from the United States Special Representative in Europe under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948
  • reurtel, regarding your telegram
  • RFC, Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • RHAF, Royal Hellenic Air Force
  • RHN, Royal Hellenic Navy
  • RJ, ratification by Yugoslavia of the treaty of Peace with Italy
  • S, Secretary of State
  • SAC, Supreme Allied Commander
  • SACMED, Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean
  • SANACC, State-Army-Navy-Air Force Coordinating Committee
  • SC, Security Council of the United Nations
  • SCAP, Supreme, Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan
  • SD, Shipping Division, Department of State
  • SD, Social Democrats
  • SDGP, Soviet Danube State Shipping Company
  • SE, Division of Southern European Affairs, Department of State
  • SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • SecDef, Secretary of Defense
  • Secdel, series indicator for messages from the Secretary of State while heading a U.S. Delegation away from Washington
  • SecGen, Secretary-General
  • SecState, Secretary of State
  • SFND, Société Française de Navigation Danubienne (French Danube Navigation Company)
  • SHAEF, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force
  • SMA, SMAD, SMAG, Soviet Military Administration (Germany)
  • Soceco, series indicator for telegrams to the U.S. Delegate to ECOSOC
  • SONJ, Standard Oil Company of New Jersey
  • SovDel, Soviet Delegation
  • SovRomtransport, Joint Soviet-Romanian Shipping Company
  • S/P, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • SPA, Office of Special Political Affairs, Department of State
  • SWN, designation for a series of papers presented to the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee
  • SWNCC, State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee; also a designation of a series of papers presented to that Committee
  • SYG, Secretary-General
  • T, Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation and Communications
  • TA, trade agreement
  • TAC, Interdepartmental Committee on Trade Agreements
  • TASS, Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, official communications agency of the Soviet Union
  • TC, Trusteeship Council of the United Nations
  • telecon, telecommunication conversation or conference
  • Telmar, series indicator for messages to Secretary of State Marshall
  • TIAS, Treaties and Other International Acts Series, official publication by the Department of State
  • Toeca, series indicator for messages to the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington from its missions abroad
  • Torep, series indicator for messages to the U.S. Special Representative in Europe (Harriman, at Paris)
  • TRC, Office of Transport and Communications, Department of State
  • TUC, Trades Union Congress (British)
  • Tusag, series indicator for telegrams from the U.S. Army Group in Turkey
  • TWA, Transcontinental and Western Air, Inc.
  • U, Under Secretary of State
  • U/GT, Coordinator for Aid to Greece and Turkey in the Office of the Under Secretary of State
  • UDBA, Uprava drzavne bezbednosti (Yugoslav Administration of State Security)
  • UKDel, United Kingdom Delegation
  • UMT, Universal Military Training
  • UNA, Office of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
  • UNGA, United Nations General Assembly
  • UNRRA, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
  • UNSC, United Nations Security Council
  • UNSCOB, United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans
  • UNSYG, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • urdes, your dispatch
  • urtel, your telegram
  • USAF, U.S. Air Force
  • USAFE, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
  • USAGG, U.S. Army Group in Greece
  • USDel, U.S. Delegation
  • USFA, U.S. Forces in Austria
  • USFAP, U.S. Foreign Aid Program
  • USFET, U.S. Forces, European Theater
  • USFRP, U.S. Foreign Relief Program
  • USG, U. S. Government
  • USGADel, U.S. Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly
  • USIS, U.S. Information Service
  • Ustap, series indicator for telegrams from the American Mission for Aid to Turkey, at Ankara
  • USUN, U.S. Mission at the United Nations
  • VOA, VOUSA, Voice of America
  • WAR ( WARX, WAREX), series indicators for telegrams sent overseas by the Department of the Army or by Army Headquarters, Washington
  • WD, War Department
  • WE, Division of Western European Affairs, Department of State
  • WFTU, World Federation of Trade Unions
  • WHO, World Health Organization
  • WPA, Works Progress Administration
  • YCP, Yugoslav Communist Party
  • YMS, motor mine sweeper
  • yrdes, your dispatch
  • yrtel, your telegram
  • Zecho, Czechoslovakia
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