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"Glossary of German Words in Common Use" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following article on German military terms is taken from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 8, Sept. 24, 1942.

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Abteilung     Section, subdivision, battalion, or department.
Aufklaerungsflugzeug Reconnaissance aircraft.
BordfunkerRadio operator of aircraft.
Bordmechaniker (B.M.) Flying engineer.
EinsatzhafenOperational airdrome.
Einsatzhafenkommandatur Operational airdrome command.
FeldflugplatzField landing ground.
Fliegerhorst An occupied G.A.F. airdrome.
Fliegerhorstkommandatur Military airdrome command.
FliegerschuetzeAir gunner.
FlughafenbereichkommandoAirdrome Regional Command.
Flughafenbetriebskompanie Airdrome servicing company.
Flugmeldedienst Air raid reporting service.
Flugmeldekompanie Signal company for observation of enemy aircraft.
Flugwetterdienst Meteorological Service.
Flugzeugbewaffnung Aircraft armament.
Flugzeugfuehrer Pilot.
Flugzeugfunkpersonal Radio personnel (of aircraft).
FunkerRadio operator.
FunkpeilungRadio direction-finder.
LuftgauArea supply and communication command.
Luftgaustab Subsidiary area command, supplies a Fliegerkorps.
Luftnachrichtenabteilung Signal Section.
Luftnachrichtendienst Signal Service.
Luftnachrichtenstelle Signal Station.
Luftnachrichtentruppe Signal detachment.
Luftnachrichtenzug Signal platoon.
LuftschraubeAir propeller.
Luftzeuggruppe Equipment section attached to Luftgau.
LuftzeugstabSubsidiary equipment section to a Luftzeuggruppe.
Mannschaft Personnel.
Maschinengewehr Machine gun.
NebelgeraetSmoke-laying apparatus.
NotlandungEmergency landing.
Oberbefehlshaber Commander-in-Chief.
PeildienstDirection-finding Service.
Schleuderstart Catapult take-off.
Segelflugzeug Glider.
Uebungsflugzeug Training aircraft.
Wasserflugzeug Float-plane.
WehrkreisArmy area (corresponding to Army Corps)
WehrmachtArmed or defense forces.
Z.Z. VerfahrenA blind-landing method.


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