Hello cyber-friends. This post is proof how much your comments affect what I blog about. I like comments (hint, hint). I also love chatting about what interests YOU.
A few days ago I shared the stories my veteran friends sent me about where they were V-E day (Victory in Europe). You can read that post here.
Gina commented: “I always wondered with those DAYS were all about. D Day, VE Day. You need to do a post JUST on all those abbreviations.”
So I thought I would.
But first I wanted to share a little about my experiences. If you haven’t read the story about how I got the idea for “From Dust and Ashes” you have to read it. Then, you really, truly understand how God led me down this road of historical novels.
What I didn’t tell you in that story was how totally clueless I previous was concerning WWII.
For example, I had no clue what year the U.S. got involved. Or who we were fighting exactly. I knew about the bad Nazis and some thing about the Japanese–because of Pearl Harbor. But I had no idea why we got involved and when. (I seriously cannot remember studying any of this in school. Yikes!)
So honestly, when I started researching for From Dust and Ashes, it was like opening up a whole new world for me. A world I’ve sinse fallen in love with!
Only a few months after I got the idea for From Dust and Ashes, I attended the reunion of the veterans of the 11th Armored Division. Well, of course, these guys knew a little more than me about the war (smile). And they talked in acronyms and slang. Every sentence was filled with them.
So what did I do? I taped the interviews, nodded and smiled like I knew what they were talking about, and went back and looked up the meaning for their words!
So, Gina, I know exactly what you were talking about!
D-Day The first day of any military operation, specifically the day OVERLORD was launched; variations include “A-Day”, “”X-Day”, etc.
J-series — American term for group of Japanese codes (e.g.: “JN-25”)
Pathfinder — An aircraft with a specially trained crew, carrying dropping zone/landing zone marking teams, target markers, or navigational aids. It preceded the main force to the dropping zone/landing zone, or target.
VE-Day Victory in Europe
VJ-Day Victory in Japan (also sometimes referred to as VP-Day Victory in the Pacific)
WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots
Waffen-SS — Combat arm of the SS, in effect a partial duplication of the German Army
Other websites you might like:
Glossary of German Military Terms and Abbreviations –
Glossary containing hundreds of German terms related to the armed forces of Germany during the WWII era, covering the Heer, Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Auxiliary and Foreign units.
Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary –
A dictionary of the words used by the Navajo Code Talkers to transmit information.
Dictionary of Military Terms and Abbreviations –
A military site containing rank insignia, medals, ribbons, images, and information on the United States’ Armed Forces.
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