Achtung Panzer Glossary


Glossary


 

A

  • Abteilung (Abt) – Detachment/Battalion
  • Abwehr – defence
  • Abwehr – Espionage, Counter-Espionage & Saboatage Service of the German High Command
  • Alkett – Altmaerkische Kettenfabrik GmbH
  • Amt – a main office branch
  • Anhaenger (Ah) – trailer
  • Armee – army
  • Armee-Oberkommando – Army Headquarters
  • Aufklaerung – Reconnaissance
  • Ausfuehrung (Ausf) – Variant or Model

    B

  • Bataillon – Battalion
  • Bataillonfuhrerwagen (BW) – battalion commander’s vehicle
  • Batterie – artillery battery
  • Befehlswagen (Bef.Wg) – Command Vehicle
  • Beobachtungswagen (Beob.Wg) – Observation Post Vehicle
  • Bergepanzer – Armored Recovery Vehicle
  • Beute-Panzer – captured tank
  • BMM – Boehmish-Maehrische Maschinenfabrik

    C

  • CKD – Ceskomoravska Kolben Danek

    D

  • Deutschen Afrikakorps (DAK) – German Africa Corps
  • Durchbruchwagen (DW) – breakthrough vehicle/tank

    E

  • Entwicklung – project/development
  • Ersatz – substitute/replacement

    F

  • Fahrgestell (Fgst) – chassis
  • Fallschirmjaeger – paratroopers
  • Famo – Fahrzeug-und-Motorenbau GmbH
  • Feldgrau – field grey
  • Feldhaubitze (FH) – Field Howitzer
  • Feldkanone (FK) – Field Gun
  • Flakpanzer – anti-aircraft tank
  • Flammenwerfer – Flamethrower
  • Fliegerabwehrkanone (Flak) – Anti-Aircraft Gun
  • Freiwilligen – a volunteer
  • Funk (Fu) – Radio
  • Funklenk – radio controlled

    G

  • Gebirgsjaeger – mountain troops
  • Gepanzert(er) (Gep.) – Armored
  • Geraet – device, equipment, weapon
  • Geschuetze – guns
  • Geschutzwagen (Gw.) – Gun Vehicle / Gun Carriage
  • Granatwerfer (Gr.W) – Mortar / Rocket Projector
  • Grosstraktor – large tank
  • Gruppe – section

    H

  • Haubitze – howitzer
  • Heer – Army
  • Hochleistungsmotor (HL) – High Speed Engine

    I

  • Infanterie – infantry
  • Infanteriegeschuetz (I.G) – infantry howitzer

    J

  • Jagdbomber (Jabo) – fighter bomber
  • Jagdpanzer (Jgd.Pz) – Hunting Tank / Tank Destroyer

    K

  • Kampfgruppe (KG) – Combat/Battle Group
  • Kampfwagenkanone (KwK) – Combat Vehicle Gun (Tank Gun)
  • Kanone (K) – Gun/Cannon
  • Kavallerie – cavalry
  • Klein(er) – Small(er)
  • Kleintraktor – small tank
  • Kompanie – Company
  • Korps – Corps
  • Kreuz – cross
  • Kriegsmarine – German Navy
  • Kurz (Kz.) – Short

    L

  • L/- (kaliber/lange) – Caliber Length
  • Lang (Lg.) – Long
  • Lastkraftwagen (Lkw) – Cargo Truck
  • leicht(er) (le) – light(er)
  • Luftwaffe – German Air Force

    M

  • MAN – Maschinenfabrik Augsburg Nuernberg AG
  • MG (Maschinengewehr) – Machine Gun
  • MIAG – Muehlenbau-und-Industrie AG
  • mittlerer (m) – medium
  • MK (Maschinenkanone) – Automatic Cannon/Gun
  • MNH – Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen Hannover
  • MP (Maschinenpistole) – Submachine Gun
  • Munition – ammunition
  • Munitions-Panzerwagen (Mun.Pz) – Ammunition Carrier
  • Morser (Mrs.) – Heavy Mortar

    N

  • Nachrichten – signal troops
  • Nahverteidigungswaffe (NbK) – close-in defense weapon
  • Nebelwerfer (Nb.W) – Smoke / High Explosive Ammunition Mortar
  • Neu – new

    O

  • Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres – Command in Chief of the Army
  • Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH) – Germany Army High Command
  • Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) – German Armed Forces High Command
  • Ostketten – 568mm wide tracks for use in Russia (Spring of 1944)

    P

  • Panzerabwehrkanone (Pak) – Anti-Tank Gun
  • Panzer-Befehlswagen (Pz.Bef.Wg) – Command Tank
  • Panzerbeobachtungswagen – OP Tank
  • Panzergranate (Pzgr) – armor piercing shell
  • Panzerjaeger (Pz.Jag) – Tank Hunter
  • Panzerjaegerkanone (Pjk) – Anti-Tank Gun (itself)
  • Panzerkampfwagen (PzKpfw) – Battle Tank
  • Panzerspaehwagen (PSW) – Armored Car
  • Panzertruppen – Armored Troops
  • Panzertruppenschule – Armored Troops School
  • Personenkraftwagen (Pkw) – Personnel Carrier
  • Pionier – combat engineer

    R

  • Raketenwerfer – mortar firing rocket propelled shells
  • Reichswehr – German Army (before Wehrmacht)
  • Ritterkreuztraeger – Knight’s Cross holder

    S

  • Schule – school
  • Schurzen – Armor Skirts/Aprons (extra protection for the suspension and roadwheels)
  • Schutzenkompanie – Company
  • Schutzenpanzerwagen – Half-Tracked Armored Personnel Carrier
  • Schutzenzug (Zug) – Platoon
  • schwere (s) – heavy
  • Schwimmpanzer – Amphibious / Swimming Tank
  • Selbstfahrlafette (Sf) – Self-Propelled Gun
  • Sonderkraftfahrzeug (SdKfz) – Special Purpose Motor Vehicle
  • Sprenggranate (Spgr) – high-explosive fragmentation shell
  • Sturmgeschuetz (StuG) – Assault Gun
  • Sturm-Infanteriegeschütz (SIG) – Assault Infantry Gun
  • Sturmpanzerhaubitze (StuH) – Assault Howitzer
  • Sturmpanzerkanone (StuK) – Assault Gun (itself)
  • Sturzkampfflugzeug (Stuka) – Dive Bomber

    T

  • Tauchpanzer – submersible tank
  • Tropen – tropical
  • Turm – turret

    U

    V

  • Verband – unit
  • Versuchskonstruktion (VK) – Experimental Construction / Prototype
  • Vollkettenfahrzueg (VK) – Full Tracked Vehicle
  • Vomag – Vogtlandische Maschinenfabrik AG
  • Volkssturm – People’s Storm

    W

  • Waffen SS – The Military Arm of the SS (Schutzstaffel)
  • Waffenamt – Ordnance Department
  • Waffentrager – Weapons Carrier
  • Wagen (Wg.) – Vehicle
  • Wa Pruef – design office
  • Wehrmacht – German Armed Forces
  • Wehrmachtbefehlshaber – Commander in Chief of Occupied Territory
  • Winterketten – 560mm wide tracks for use in Russia (Fall of 1942)

    X

    Y

    Z

  • Zimmerit – anti-magnetic paste/coating
  • Zug – platoon
  • Zugfuehrerwagen (ZW) – platoon commander’s vehicle
  • Zugkraftwagen (Zgkw) – prime mover/semi-tracked vehicle


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