Guideline for naming military operations?

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Guideline for naming military operations?

Post by Panzermahn » 13 Feb 2003 08:05

Does anyone knew any official guidelines for naming military operations in WW2?

By the way, is the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich named Operation Anthropoid?

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Post by Caldric » 13 Feb 2003 10:20

I do not think there was any set way of naming operations. Pretty much whatever fit such as Operation Overlord, which basically means the operation is to completely Overpower Normandy and the German forces. Sledge hammer to kill a fly type of thing.

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Post by James Patrick » 14 Feb 2003 00:16

I don't know about official guidelines, but the names should avoid any type of connotation as to the type of operation. Examples: Operation Neptune-airborne assault of Normandy, Operation Market-Garden- Land/AirAssault of Holland, Operation Zipper-Invasion of Malaya. Kind of interesting when you look at US ops today how they totally contradict this maxim. Must be impossible with today's media coverage to plan operations and not have people leak them, so why not give a cool name.

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