German Military Dictionary

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Contents

  1. A
  2. B
  3. D
  4. E
  5. F
  6. G
  7. H
  8. J
  9. K
  10. L
  11. M
  12. N
  13. O
  14. P
  15. R
  16. S
  17. W

A

Ausführung (Ausf.)
Model (i.e., the sub-model of the production type, similar to the Ax suffix on American model numbers).

B

Bergepanther
Recovery Panther.
Braun
Brown.
Buntfarbenanstrich
Multi-colored pattern.

D

Dunkel-
Dark. Used as a prefix for other colors, such as Dunkelbraun and Dunkelgrau.

E

Elfenbein
Ivory.
Erdgelb
Earth yellow.

F

Flakpanzer
Anti-aircraft tank.
Flugabwehrkanone (Flak)
Anti-aircraft gun.

G

Gelb
Yellow.
Grau
Gray.
Grün
Green.

H

Hinterhalt-Tarnung
Ambush pattern
Hornisse
Hornet

J

Jagdpanther
Hunting Panther.
Jagdpanzer
Tank destroyer.
Jagdtiger
Hunting tiger.

K

Kanone (Kan)
Gun.
Kampfwagenkanone (Kw K)
Tank gun.
Kettenkraftrad (Kettenkrad)
Tracked motor cycle.

L

Leichte (le.)
Light

M

Machinengewehr (M G)
Machine gun.
Machinenpistole (M P)
Sub-machine gun.

N

Nashorn
Rhinoceros.

O

Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH)
Army high command.
Olivgrün
Olive green.
Ostwind
Eastern wind.

P

Panzer (Pz)
Armor. Also commonly used for tank.
Panzerabwehrkanone (Pak)
Anti-tank gun.
Panzerbefehlswagen (Pz Bef Wg)
Armored command vehicle.
Panzerjäger (Pz Jäg)
Tank destroyer.
Panzerjägerkanone (Pjk or Pak)
Anti-tank gun.
Panzerkampfwagen (Pz Kpfw)
Tank.
Panzersturmmörser
Armored assault mortar.

R

Reich-Ausshuss für Lieferbedingungen (RAL)
Reich committee for terms of delivery.
Reich Luft Ministerium (RLM)
Reich aviation ministry.
Reichministerium für Rüstung und Kriegsproduktion
Reich ministry for armament and war production.
Rot
Red.

S

Schwartz
Black
Schwere (s.)
Heavy.
Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd Kfz)
Special purpose vehicle.
Sturmgeschütz (Stu-Gesch)
Assault gun.
Sturmhaubitze (Stu H)
Assault howitzer. Also used for the gun on an assault howitzer.
Sturmkanone (Stu K)
The gun on an assault gun.
Sturmpanzer
Assault tank.

W

Wehrmacht
Combined armed forces.
Wirbelwind
Whirlwind.