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Courtesy of Sir Veilance and his response to a question I had on load label for truck door on the WW2AA site.

Below is a rather lengthy list of German abbreviations and there meaning!

The Vehicles

Kfz. 1-10 l.Pkw.
Kfz. 11-20 m.Pkw.
Kfz. 21-30 s.Pkw.
Kfz. 31-40 l.Lkw. or s.Pkw.
Kfz. 41-50 m.Lkw.
Kfz. 51-60 s.Lkw.
Kfz. 61-70 l.gl.Lkw or s.Pkw.
Kfz. 71-80 m.gl.Lkw or l.gl.Lkw.
Kfz. 81-90 l.gl.Lkw or s.Pkw.
Sd.Kfz. 1-100 Special Vehicles
Sd.Kfz. 101+ Special Vehicles, armoured

Vehicle Types

Ah. - Anhänger - Trailer
Aufkl. - Aufklärer - Reconnaissance Vehicle
ARW - Achtradwagen - 8-wheeled Vehicle
Krad - Kraftrad - Motorcycle
K.Krad - Kettenkraftrad - Tracked Motorcycle
Kfz - Kraftfahrzeug - Motor Vehicle
Kw - Kraftwagen - Automobile
Pkw.(o) - Personenkraftwagen - Car
gl.Pkw. - Personenkraftwagen, geländegängig - Car, off-road
E.Pkw. - Einheits Personenkraftwagen - Standard (military) Car
KrKw. - Krankenkraftwagen - Ambulance
Sankra - Sanitätskraftwagen - Ambulance
Lkw.(o) - Lastkraftwagen - Truck
gl.Lkw. - Lastkraftwagen, geländegängig - Truck, off-road
E.Lkw. - Einheits Lastkraftwagen - Standard (military) Truck
Gef.Wg. - Gefechtswagen - Combat Supply Carrier
MTW - Mannschafts-Transportwagen - Personnel Carrier
Kommandeurwagen - Command Vehicle
K.Flak - Kraftwagen-Flugabwehrkanone - Motorized Anti-Aircraft Gun
Kom. - Kraftomnibus - Bus
KP - Kraftprotze - Artillery Tractor
DR - Drehleiter - Rotating Ladder
LF - Löschfahrzeug - Fire Truck
KS - Kraftspritze - Fire Engine
TLF - Tanklöschfahrzeug - Fire Truck with internal Water Tank
Zgkw. - Zugkraftwagen - Prime Mover
Schlp. - Schlepper - Tractor
Rd.Schlp.(o) - Radschlepper (handelsüblich) - commercial Wheeled Tractor
RS - Raupenschlepper - Caterpillar Tractor
RSG - Gebirgsraupenschlepper - Caterpillar Tractor for Mountain Troops
RSO - Raupenschlepper Ost/Radschlepper Ost - Tractor, tracked or wheeled
Kett.Schlp.(o) - Kettenschlepper (handelsüblich) - commercial Caterpillar Tractor
LWS - leichter Wehrmachtsschlepper - Light (military) Tractor
SWS - Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper - Heavy (military) Tractor
Sfl. or Sf. - Selbstfahrlafette - Self-propelled Gun Mounting
Gw. - Geschützwagen - Self-propelled Gun Mounting
Pz.A. - Panzerartillerie - Armoured Self-propelled Artillery
Pz.F. - Panzerfähre - Armoured Amphibious Ferry
Pz.FlaK. - Panzerflak - Armoured Self-propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
Jgd.Pz. - Jagdpanzer - Tank Destroyer
Pz.Jg. or Pz.Jäg. - Panzerjäger - Tank Hunter
Pz.Kpfw. - Panzerkampfwagen - Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Pz.Spähwg. or Pz.Sp.Wg. - Panzer-Spähwagen - Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle
Pz.Beob.Wg. - Panzer-Beobachtungswagen - Armoured Observation Vehicle
Pz.Bef.Wg. or Pz.Bflswg. - Panzer-Befehlswagen - Armoured Command Vehicle
Mun.Pz - Munitions-Panzerwagen - Armoured Ammunition Carrier
Schtz.Pz.Wg. or SPW - Schützenpanzerwagen - Armoured Personnel Carrier
Sd.Kfz. - Sonderkraftfahrzeug - Special Motor Vehicle
Stu.Gesch. or StuG. - Sturmgeschütz - Assault Gun
StuH. - Sturmhaubitze - Assault Howitzer
StuK. - Sturmkanone - Assault Gun
StIG - Sturm-Infanteriegeschütz - Assault Infantry Gun
StuPz. - Sturmpanzer - Assault Tank
Vs.Kfz. - Versuchskraftfahrzeug - Experimental Vehicle

Origin

(a) - amerikanisch - American equipment captured 1942-45
(e) - englisch - British equipment captured 1940-45
(f) - französisch - French equipment captured, confiscated, and procured 1940-44
(h) - holländisch - Dutch equipment captured in 1940
(i) - italienisch - Italian equipment confiscated, captured, and procured Sept. 1943-45
(o) - handelsüblich - commercial equipment, i.e. militarized civilian vehicles
(p) - polnisch - Polish equipment captured in 1939
® - russisch - Russian equipment captured 1941-45, probably including Latvian and Estonian 4.7 cm Böhler infantry guns captured in 1941.
(t) - tschechisch - Czech equipment confiscated, and procured 1939-45

Specifications

kl. - klein - small
l. or le. - leicht - light
m. or mittl. - mittel - medium
s. or schw. - schwer - heavy
gr. - groß - large

A - Allrad - all-wheel drive
Ausf. - Ausführung - Type/Model
E. or Einh. - Einheits - Standard
FA - Feldartillerie - Field Artillery
Fgst. - Fahrgestell - Chassis
Fe - Fernsprech - Telephone
FF-Kabel - Feldfernkabel - Field Telegraph Line
Fu - Funk - Radio
FuGer - Funkgerät - Radio Equipment
FuSprGer - Funksprechgerät - Walky Talky
F.T. - Funk/Telegraph - Radio/Telegraph
R.V. - Richtverbindung - Directional Beam Wireless
T.F. - Trägerfrequenz - Carrier Frequency
ve. - vollentstört - interference-free
gp. or gep. - gepanzert - armoured
gl. - geländegängig - off-road
gf. - geländefähig - suitable for off-road
(H) - Heckmotor - Rear Engine
Hk - Halbkette - Half-Track
K - Kofferaufbau - House Body
Kleinfunk Kw. - small Radio Vehicle
mot. - motorisiert - motorized
Nachr.Kw. - Nachrichten Kraftwagen - Signal Vehicle
n/A - neue Art, neue Ausführung - New Variant
Messtrupp Kw. (Artillerie) - Registration Vehicle (Artillery)
off. - offen - flatbed, with canvas tilt
Pf. - Pionierfahrzeug - Engineer Vehicle
Pi. - Pionier - Engineer
® - Raupen - Tracks
R/R - Räder/Raupenantrieb - Wheeled/Tracked
S - Standard - Standard
schg. - schienengängig - can be driven on railroads
schwf. or schf. - schwimmfähig - amphibious
Tr. - Truppe - Arm of Service
Tp. - Tropenausführung - Desert Variant
Vw.Kw. - Vorwarner Kw. (Artillerie) - Forward Observer Vehicle (Artillery)
wg. - wassergängig - suitable for water crossing

Armament

FH - Feldhaubitze - Field Howitzer
Fl - Flammenwerfer - Flamethrower
FlaK - Fliegerabwehrkanone - Anti-Aircraft Gun
FK - Feldkanone - Field Gun
Gew - Gewehr - Rifle
FG42 - Fallschirmjägergewehr - Paratroop Automatic Rifle
Gr - Granate - Shell/Grenade
GrW - Granatwerfer - Mortar
lGrW - leichter Granatwerfer
mGrW - mittlerer Granatwerfer
sGrW - schwerer Granatwerfer
IG - Infanteriegeschütz - Infantry Gun
K - Kanone - Cannon
KwK - Kraftwagenkanone - Tank Gun
LG - Leichtgeschütz - Recoilless Gun
sWG - schweres Wurfgerät - Heavy Rocket Launcher
Kar - Karabiner - Carbine
MG - Maschinengewehr - Machine Gun
FlaMG - Flugabwehr-Maschinengewehr - Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun
lMG - leichtes Maschinengewehr - Light Machine Gun
sMG - schweres Maschinengewehr - Heavy Machine Gun
SmK - Spitzgeschoss mit Kern - Pointed Bullet with (Steel) Core
MP - Maschinenpistole - Machine Pistol
MW - Minenwerfer - Mortar
NbW - Nebelwerfer - Multiple Rocket Launcher
PaK - Panzerabwehrkanone - Anti-Tank Gun
Tak - Tankabwehrkanone - Anti-Tank Gun (pre-war designation)
PWK - Panzerabwehrwurfkanone PWK 8H63 - Anti-Tank Launcher
PzB - Panzerbüchse - Anti-Tank Rifle
PzSprgrPatr - Panzer-Sprenggranat-Patrone Armour Piercing High-Explosive Ammo
PzGr - Panzergranate - Armour Piercing Shell
PzGrPatr - Panzergranatpatrone - Armour Piercing Ammunition
RaW - Raketenwerfer - Rocket Launcher
SprgrPatr - Sprenggranat-Patrone High-Explosive Ammunition
StG - Sturmgewehr - Assault Rifle
ZF - Zielfernrohr - Telescopic Sight
ZG - Zielgerät - Infrared Sight

Units and Organisations

KG - Kampfgruppe - Combat Command
Abt. - Abteilung - Detachment
Aufkl.Abt. - Aufklärungsabteilung - Reconaissance Detachment
Pz.Abt.300 (FL) - Panzerabteilung 300 Fernlenktruppe - Remote Control Tank Unit
Artl.B.St. - Artillerie Beobachtungsstelle - Artillery Observation Position
Gef.St. - Gefechtsstand - Command Post
AR - Artillerie-Regiment - Artillery Regiment
Frw. - Freiwillige - Volunteer
Füs.Rgt. - Füsilier-Regiment - Light Infantry Regiment
FP - Feldposten - Picket
RFP - Reiter-Feldposten - Cavalry Picket
verst.FP - verstärkter Feldposten (mit MG) - Reinforced Picket (with MG)
FW - Feldwache (ca. Zugstärke) - Outpost (approx. Platoon)
Vorp.-Res. - Vorposten-Reserve - Outpost Reserve
Widerstandslinie - Line of Resistance
HKL - Hauptkampflinie - Main Defense Line
HWA - Heereswaffenamt - Army Ordnance Department
WaPrüf - Waffenprüfamt - Ordnance Testing Department
Reichspostforschungsanstalt - Postal Research Laboratory
RLM - Reichsluftfahrtministerium - Air Ministry
Nachr.Tr. - Nachrichtentruppe - Signal Troops
Gef.Vorp. - Gefechtsvorposten - Combat Outpost
Schw.MG - Schweige-MG - Silent Machine Gun (in ambush position)
Vw. - Vorwarner (Artillerie) - Artillery Forward Observer
Tr. - Trupp(e) - Squad (Truppe = Troop Type)
Sch.-Tr. - Schützentrupp - Rifle Squad
Gr. - Gruppe - Section
Zug - Platoon
Kp. or Komp. - Kompanie - Company
Kp.Tr. or Kp.Trupp - Kompanietrupp - Company HQ Section
Btl. or Batl. - Bataillon - Battalion
Rgt. or Regt. - Regiment - Regiment
Inf. - Infanterie - Infantry
Radf. - Radfahrer - Cyclist
LwFD - Luftwaffe-Feld-Division - Luftwaffe Infantry Division until November 1943
FD(L) - Felddivision (Luftwaffe) - Infantry Division (Luftwaffe) from November 1943
ID - Infanterie-Division - Infantry Division
GD - Gebirgs-Division - Mountain Division
JR - Jäger-Regiment - Light Infantry Regiment
Füs.Rgt. - Füsilier-Regiment - Light Infantry Regiment
Pz.Gren.Regt. - Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment - Armoured Infantry Regiment
Pz.Pi.Btl. - Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon - Armoured Engineer Battalion
GJR - Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment - Mountain Regiment
GArtR - Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment - Mountain Artillery Regiment
LwFK - Luftwaffe Feldkorps - Luftwaffe Infantry Corps
FJD - Fallschirm-Jäger-Division - Paratroop Division
FJR - Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment - Paratroop Regiment
FJStR - Fallschirm-Jäger-Sturmregiment - Paratroop Assault Regiment (1940)
LLStR - Luftlande-Sturmregiment - Air-Landing Assault Regiment (1941)
LLD - Luftlande-Division - Air-Landing Division
FR der Lw. - Feld-Regiment der Luftwaffe - Luftwaffe Infantry Regiment
PD - Panzer-Division - Armoured Division
Späher (2 Mann) - Scouts
Spähtr. - Spähtrupp (Spähtrupp-Führer and 3-6 Men) - Patrol
verst. - verstärkt - reinforced
Res. - Reserve - Reserve
fdl. or feindl. - feindlich - hostile
zbV - zur besonderen Verwendung - for special action/deployment
g. - geheim - Secret
g.Kdos - geheime Kommandosache - Top Secret
g.RS - geheime Reichssache - State Secret

Other

kg - Kilogramm
t or to - Tonne - ton
Verl.Kl. - Verladeklasse - Vehicle Load Class (for rail transport)
HM - Heeresmitteilung - Army Communiqué

License Plates

LC - Legion Condor (Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939)
Pol - Polizei - Police
RW - Reichswehr - German Army before 1935
WH - Wehrmacht Heer - Army
WL - Wehrmacht Lufwaffe - Airforce
WM - Wehrmacht Kriegsmarine - Navy
OT (later WT) - Organisation Todt
RAD - Reichsarbeitsdienst (1943-1945)[/QUOTE]


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