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Military abbreviations

Military language is not necessarily easy and often uses abbreviations! The Belgian War Dead Register will help you along the way by providing a list of the ranks, functions and units.

Abbreviations of ranks and functions

Abbreviation

Explanation

Abréviation

Explication

BV

Beroepsvrijwilliger

Professional Volunteer

VC

Volontaire de Carrière

Professional Volunteer

OV

Oorlogsvrijwilliger

War Volunteer

VG

Volontaire de guerre

War Volunteer

Mil

Dienstplichtige

Militiamen / Minutemen

Mil

Milicien

Militiamen / Minutemen

CS

Speciale contingenten dienstplichtigen

Special Contingent Militiamen

CS

Contingent Spécial

Special Contingent Militiamen

Re

Dienstplichtige wederdienstnemer

Re-Enlisted militiamen

Milicien réengagé

Re-Enlisted militiamen

VAP

Vrijwilliger met Premie

Paid Volunteers

VAP

Volontaire avec prime

Paid Volunteers

 

Abbreviations of Military Units

Abbreviation

Description

Explication

ACM

Auto canons mitrailleurs

Armoured Cars

Auto canons mitrailleurs

Armoured Cars

C

Karabiniers 

Riflemen

Carabiniers

Riflemen

C Cy

Karabiniers Wielrijders

Bicycle Mounted Riflemen

carabiniers-cyclistes

Bicycle Mounted Riflemen

Ch à Ch

Jagers te Paard

Mounted Rifles

Chasseurs à Cheval

Mounted Rifles

Ch à P

Jagers te voet

Ranger

Chasseurs à Pièd

Ranger

CI

Opleidingscentrum

Training Centre

Centre d'instruction

Training Centre

CIAX

Hulpopleidingscentrum artillerie

Auxiliary Artillery Training Center

Centre d'instruction d'artillerie auxiliares

Auxiliary Artillery Training Center

CTAG

Korps Geniehulptroepen

Corps of Engineers Auxiliary Forces

Corps des troupes auxiliares de genie

Corps of Engineers Auxiliary Forces

DA

Legerdivisie

Army Division

Division d'Armée

Army Division

DD

Divisiedepot

Division Depot

Dépôt divisionnaire

Division Depot

DOAH

Detachement werklieden Le Havre

Workers Detachment at Le Havre

Detachement d'ouvriers Le Hâvre

Workers Detachment at Le Havre

GATA

Administratieve groepering Legertroepen

Army Forces Administrative Pool

Groupement administratif des troupes d'armée

Army Forces Administrative Pool

Gn

Genie

Engineer

Genie

Engineer

Gr

Grenadiers

Grenadiers

Grenadiers

Grenadiers

L

Lansiers

Lancers

Lanciers

Lancers

Li

Linieregiment

Line Regiment

régiment de Ligne

Line Regiment

PFA

Versterkte Plaats Antwerpen

Fortified Place Antwerp

Place Fortifiée Anvers

Fortified Place Antwerp

PFL

versterkte Plaats Luik

Fortified Place Liège

Place Fortifiée Liège

Fortified Place Liège

PFN

Versterkte Plaats Namen

Fortified Place Namur

Place Fortifiée Namur

Fortified Place Namur

RAL

Regiment Zware Artillerie

Heavy Artillery Regiment

Régiment d'artillerie Lourd

Heavy Artillery Regiment

SA

Gezondheidsdienst

Health Services

Service du Sante

Health Services

TAG

Geniehulptroepen

Engineers Auxiliary Forces

Troupes auxiliares de genie

Engineers Auxiliary Forces

TASS

Administratietroepen gezondheidsdienst

Health Services Administrative Forces

Troupes administration service du Sante

Health Services Administrative Forces