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Luftwaffe slang

Post by Wuerger » 17 Jul 2003 19:36

Greetings one and all, and welcome to my first post here.

Anyone know a good "orfennick" translation or equivalent for any of the following (assuming one exists):

Watch your six
Up sun
Gone west

Thanx in advance.

Mods: sorry if this isn't the right place for this sort of enq - still finding my way around.

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Post by Benoit Douville » 20 Jul 2003 03:35

Let me welcome you with a great painting of a Luftwaffe Battle:

Image

Regards

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Post by GenLtGermanicus » 20 Jul 2003 10:46

where do you have that picture from? it looks great :)



http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/terms.html
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Glossary Of German Terms

Abschuss "Shootdown"--an air victory.
Alarmstart Scramble.
Ami slang for American.
Blitzkrieg "lightning war"--the highly mobile form of warfare developed by the Germany and used with great effect by the Wehrmacht between 1939 and 1941; it was the first wide scale use of combined arms doctrine.
dicke Autos "fat cars"--enemy heavy bombers.
Einsatzfreude love of combat.
Einsatzstaffel operational Staffel (of a training unit.).
Endausbildungstaffel operational training squadron.
Endgültige Vernichtung final destruction of an already-culled aircraft.
Ergänzungsgruppe (ErgGr) advanced training group.
Ergänzungsstaffel (ErgSt) advanced training squadron.
Erprobungsgruppe (EprGr) operational test group.
Erprobungsstaffel (EprSt) operational test squadron.
Experte a fighter pilot proficient in aerial combat; the Allied Ace.
Fliegerdivision (FD) air division--a higher command containing several types of flying units.
Fliegerführer (Flifue) aircraft command/control unit or it's commander. In the case of isolated theatres, the theatre air commander..
Fliegerkorps (FG) air corps--a higher command containing several Fliegerdivisonen.
Flugzeugführer pilot.
Freie Jagd "free hunt"--a fighter sweep without ground control.
Führer leader.
Führungsstaffel leader's squadron.
Führungsverband lead formation.
General der Jagdflieger (GdJ) General of the Fighter Arms; a staff position in the RLM. Werner Moelders and Adolf Galland were the most prominent holders of this position.
Geschwader wing (pl. Geschwader)--the largest mobile, homogeneous Luftwaffe flying unit.
Geschwaderkommodore wing commodore--usually a Major, Oberstleutenant, or Oberst in rank.
Gruppe (Gr) group (pl. Gruppen)--basic Luftwaffe combat and administrative unit.
Gruppenkommandeur group commander--usually a Haptmann, Major, or Oberstleutnant in rank.
Herausschuss "shot out" (cull)--to damage a bomber sufficiently to seperate it from it's formation.
Himmelfahrtskommando "mission to heaven"--suicide mission.
Holzauge "wooden eye"--the last airplane in a formation.
Horrido hunters' or pilots' cry of victory. St. Horridus was the patron saint of hunters and fighter pilots.
Indianer "Indians"--enemy fighters.
Jabostaffel fighter-bomber squadron.
Jäger originally hunter, now fighter pilot.
Jägerschreck :fear of fighter"--a derogatory term coined in Goering's headquarters.
Jagdbomber (Jabo) fighter-bomber.
Jagddivision (JD) fighter division; could command one or more Jafue or Jagdgeschwader.
Jagdflieger fighter pilots.
Jagdfliegerfuehrer (Jafue) fighter command/control unit or it's commander. Tha Jafue originated as administrative units but evolved into operational control units during the war.
Jagdgeschwader (JG) fighter wing, commanding three or four Gruppen.
Jagdgruppe (JGr) fighter group, containing three or four Staffeln.
Jagdkorps fighter corps; commanded one or more Jagddivisionen.
Jagdschutz "fighter protection"--generally, apatrol of a section of front, rather than an escort mission.
Jagdstaffel fighter squadron, originally containg twelve aircraft (three Schwaerme). It's authorized strength was increased to sixteen in 1943.
Jagdverband (JV) fighter unit. The term was only used for JV 44, the Gruppe of jet fighters commanded by General Adolf Galland in 1945.
Jagdwaffe fighter arm or fighter force.
Kampfgeschwader (KG) bomber wing.
Kanalfront the (English) channel front.
Kanalgeschwader the geschwader serving on the English Channel (JG 2 and JG 26).
Kanaljäger fighter pilot(s) based near the channel.
Kapitän "captain"--a Staffel command position rather than a rank.
Katschmarek a sland term for a wingman--originally a derogatory term for a dim-witted infantry recruit.
Kette flight of three aircraft.
Kommandeur "commander"--a Gruppe command position rather than a rank.
Kommodore "commodore"--A Geschwader command position rather than a rank.
Luftflotte (LF) "air fleet"--corresponded to a numbered American Air Force.
Luftwaffe "air force"--refers to German Air Force.
Luftwaffenkommando (Lkdo) air command-a small or down-graded Luftflotte.
Nachtjagdkommando night fighting detatchment.
Nachwuchs "new growth"--a late-war replacement pilot.
Oberwerkmeister line chief.
Pulk combat box-an American heavy bomber formation.
Reich "empire"--Hitler's Germany was the Third Reich.
Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) German Air Minitry; Goering's headquarters, it controlled all aspects of German aviation.
Reichsverteidigung (RVT) organization responsible for the air defence of Germany.
Rotte tactical element of two aircraft.
Rottenflieger wingman, the second man in a Rotte.
Rottenführer leader of an element of two aircraft.
Schnellkampfgeschwader (SKG) fast bomber wing.
Schwarm flight of four aircraft (pl Schwaerme); all German fighter formations were made up of units of Schwaerme.
Schwarmführer flight leader.
Sitzkrieg "sitting war"--the "phony war" in western Europe between September 1939 and April 1940.
Stab staff.
Stabsschwarm staff flight.
Staffel (St) squadron (pl. Staffeln).
Staffelführer squadron leader (temporary or probationary).
Staffelkapitän squadron leader--usually a Leutnant, OberLeutnant or Hauptmann.
Stukageschwader (Stg) dive-bomber wing.
Tommy German slang for Englishman.
Valhalla a large formation of aircraft.
Zerstörer "destroyer" (heavy fighter)--Bf 110 or Me 410 twin-engined fighter.
Zerstörergeschwader (ZG) heavy fighter wing.
Zerstörergruppe (ZGr) heavy fighter group.

This glossary acquired from JG 26 by Donald Caldwell



there were some mistakes, i hope, i found all


@wuerger, do you want a translation into german or what?

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Post by USAF1986 » 20 Jul 2003 11:06

Hi! Here is a list of Luftwaffe fighter radio code words from The Battle of Britain by Richard Townsend Bickers (Prentice Hall Press, New York, New York, 1990).

Regards,
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Kirchturm: (Church Tower) Own height in hundreds of meters
Hanny: (Johnny or “bloke”) Enemy height
Caruso: Course
Zirkus über: (Circus over) Assemble at
Gartenraum: (Garden room) Airfield
Horrido: I have shot down an enemy aircraft
Ente: (Duck) Range from enemy aircraft
Bodo: Unit headquarters or own base
Orkan: Enemy’s speed
Tuba: Bearing
Pauke-Pauke!: Attack!
Viktor: Understood
Ich berühre: (I touch) I have seen the target
Otto-Otto: Target in searchlight
Normaluhr in: (Usual time) Wait at
Ich habe Durst: (I am thirsty) I am short of fuel
Radfahrer: (Cyclist) Own single-engine aircraft
Möbelwagen: (Furniture van) Own twin-engine aircraft
Dicke Möbelwagen: (Big furniture van) Own three-engine aircraft
Feindlich jäger: Enemy fighters
Autos: (Cars) Enemy twin-engine aircraft
Dicke Autos: (Big cars) Enemy three-engine aircraft
Freie Bahn: (Free road) Enemy fighters breaking formation
Donnerkeil: (Thunderbolt) Night attack
Stacheldraht: (Barbed wire) Flying within certain height limits forbidden
Objekt: (Object) Designated object being defended e.g. town, port, ship
Mauerblume: (Wallflower) Contact with the enemy
Spielbeginn: (Start of the game) Enemy formation recognized at (followed by place name)
Halbzeit: (Half time) Abandoning engagement
Ich suche: (I am looking) I haven’t seen, or lost, the target
Gehen Sie ins Vorzimmer: (Go into the anteroom) …Wait
Konkurrenz: (Competition) Danger warning
Weiss: (White) Fighter operating with searchlights
Schwartz: (Black) fighter operating without searchlights

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Post by GenLtGermanicus » 20 Jul 2003 11:17

interesting - thank you...didn't know all of them...might be a nice for my luftwaffe-rpg ;)


"Schwartz" is written that way Schwarz ;)

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Post by Benoit Douville » 20 Jul 2003 17:33

GenLTGermanicus,

It's from the Aviation Art Gallery:

http://www.oldgloryprints.com/aviation%20art.htm

They are not too expensive too buy I think.

Regards in the beautiful town of Berlin.

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Post by GenLtGermanicus » 20 Jul 2003 20:58

amazing, thank you :)

nice greetings back to montréal ^^

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Post by Erich » 20 Jul 2003 22:19

correction,

Dicke autos.......Fat cars. Viermot....... 4 motor bomber, Allied heavy.

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Post by Reader3000 » 22 Jul 2003 11:58

I have also two:
"zahme Sau" means night fighting with Radar guidance
"wilde Sau" means night fighting witout Radar guidance

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Post by Xnomad » 22 Jul 2003 22:52

Here are quite a few more words that you will find are also used in IL2 Sturmovik the PC game.

http://members.aol.com/dheitm8612/attack.htm

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Post by Erich » 22 Jul 2003 23:45

your defintition of Wilde Sau is not quite correct as there were single engine Fw 190's of 1./NJGr 10 and II./JG 300 flying with Fug 217 and 218 N radars. More in our book covering the subject......next year.

Zusatztank ab ! (drop tanks now !)

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Post by Reader3000 » 23 Jul 2003 18:47

The chain of Radar guidance and observing stations along the north western part of Germany was called "Himmelbett". See the German book "Die großen Luftschlachten des zweiten Weltkriegs".

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Post by Erich » 23 Jul 2003 19:09

in addition it ran west into Holland and upwards the coast into Denmark interspersed with the "Knickebein stations" from Holland into France, this again is going to be covered in our books.

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