Glossary & Abbreviations

The Glossary & Abbreviations definitions that are given here, apply to the contents of this site only. They may have different meanings outside of this scope or in a different time frame.

2 i/c Second in Command
A/ As in A/Sgt – Acting rank. Can be paid but holder can be returned to previous rank by CO
AA Anti-Aircraft
ACC Army Catering Corps
Ack Assistant
Adj Adjutant – Administrative officer at Regimental Headquarters
ACPO Assistant Command Post Officer – See CPO
AGPO Assistant Gun Position Officer – See GPO
ATk Anti-Tank
BC Battery Commander – Major in charge of the battery
Bdr Bombardier – RA equivalant of a corporal
BK Battery Captain – Battery second in command
BSM Battery Sergeant Major – Warrant Officer Class 2
BTE British Troops Egypt
BQMS Battery Quartermaster Sergeant – Staff Sgt, responsible for battery
stores & equipment
Bty Battery – the standard unit of the RA. A Major’s command
CMF Central Mediterranean Forces
CO Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel in charge of a regiment
CPO Command Post Officer – Selected gun positions for each Troop & had overall control
Dvr/Op Driver/wireless operator
EAA East African Artillery
FFW Fitted for wireless – Indicates that the vehicle has the equipment to
mount a wireless set
FOO Forward Observation Officer – Captain or Major controlling the fire of the guns, Usually mobile with the supported infantry or tanks
Gnr Gunner – RA equivalent of a private
GOR Gun Operations Room (AA)
GPO Gun Position Officer – Controlled the Troop position
GS General Service
HAA Heavy Anti-Aircraft
HKSRA Hong Kong & Singapore RA – recruited in India, mostly Punjabis
HKVDC Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps – Locally recruited Europeans and Chinese
How Howitzer- fires in the upper register i.e. above 45 degrees elevation
LAA Light Anti-Aircraft
LAA/ATk Light Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank – A unit with two batteries of each type
L/Bdr Lance Bombardier – RA equivalent of a lance corporal
LMG Light Machine Gun (Bren)
(M) “Mixed” in a Heavy Anti-Aircraft unit. Unit has ATS women fully integrated.
OP Observation Post – static position from which to observe & control the fire of the guns
OPA Observation Post Assistant
OPO Observation Post Officer – FOO in static position
PIAT Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (Spring loaded anti-tank projectile launcher)
QM Quartermaster – responsible for regimental stores & equipment
RA Royal Artillery
RFA Royal Field Artillery
RGA Royal Garrison Artillery
RHA Royal Horse Artillery
RMA Royal Malta Artillery
REME Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
RMA Royal Malta Artillery
RQMS Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant – assists QM, WO2
R Sigs Royal Corps of Signals
RSM Regimental Sergeant Major – WO1
(SR) Supplementary Reserve – N Ireland’s Territorial Army
TA Territorial Army
TC Troop Commander – Usually a Captain employed as an FOO
TF Territorial Force – predecessor of the Territorial Army
Truck 5 cwt 4×4 Jeep
TSM Troop Sergeant Major
U/ As in U/Sgt – Unpaid rank usually for a probationary period.
Veh Mech Vehicle Mechanic
Warrant Officer Ranks above Staff Sergeant and below commissioned officer. Known as
Sergeant Majors they hold their rank by Royal Warrant
WAA West African Artillery
WOP Wireless Operator
WO1 Warrant Officer Class 1 – RSM and equivalent. See Insignia section
WO2 Warrant Officer Class 2 – BSM and equivalent. See Insignia section
WO3 Warrant Officer Class 3 – TSM. See Insignia section
W/ As in W/Sgt – War rank, holder can be asked to revert to pre-war rank at the end of hostilities.
The Royal Artillery 1939-45