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Glossary of spy-set related expressions

ACC   Allied Clandestine Committee

CIA   Central Intelligence Agency
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DWS   Diplomatic Wireless Service
British communication system used by the Foreign Office from 1945 onwards for communications with their representatives overseas. It was established by Brigadier Richard Gambier-Parry and grew out of the wartime Special Communications Unit (SCU) of MI6. Originally based in Whaddon Hall, but moved to Hanslope Park at the end of 1946. It was succeeded by HMGCC. (Wikipedia)

GCHQ   Government Communications Headquarters
British intelligence agency. (More...) (Wikipedia) (Website) (Other)

Gladio   Italian Stay-Behind
Name of the Italian Stay-Behind organisation in the Cold War era, that would be activated as soon as Italy was invaded by the Russians. In polular culture, the name 'Gladio' is often used to identify the Stay-Behind organisations of other European countries as well. (Wikipedia)

HARPOON   Telefunken FS-5000 spy radio set
Codename of a a secretly developed pan-European spy radio set, that was intended to be used by all Stay-Behind organisations in Europe and in some other countries, including non-NATO countries. (More...)

HMGCC   Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre
British development centre for secure communications, hardware and software. Mainly aimed at HM Government use, both in the UK and overseas. Also known as Hanslope Park. (Wikipedia) (Website)

Morse   Morse Code
Method for (manually) transmitting text based messages, by encoding them into a series of dashes and dots, and sending them by means of sound, light or radio waves. Often used on narrow-band (short wave) radio channels. (More...)

NATO   North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(Wikipedia) (Website)

O&I   Operatiën en Inlichtingen
Name of the Dutch Stay-Behind organisation during the Cold War. The secret organisation is also known as A&B. (More...)

OSS   Office of Strategic Services
Clandestine US organisation for infiltration and sabotage activities during WWII. The predecessor of the current CIA.

OTAN   NATO

SAC   Strategic Air Command

SF   Special Forces

SHAPE   Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Headquarters of the Allied Command Operations (ACO), one of NATO's two strategic military commands. (Website)

SOE   Special Operations Executive
British espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance organisation during WWII, active from 22 July 1940 to 15 January 1946. Also known as Churchill's Secret Army and as the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Approx. 13,000 people were involved in the SOE, 3200 of which were women. (Wikipedia)

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