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World War II Index/Glossary of Terms


In a Division, D-1 is the Personnel Office or officer. D-2 is the Division Intelligence Officer(r); D-3 is the Division Operations Office(r); D-4 is the Division Logistics Office(r).


June 6, 1944. The day the Allied invasion of occupied Europe began.


U.S. troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945 and discovered evidence of gruesome medical experiments.


The code name for Iwo Jima Operation.


A small Western European nation that surrendered to Germany on April 9, 1940.


Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, and other dogs were used in World War II to search out the enemy hiding in the bush, detect mines and booby traps, alert troops in foxholes at night to approaching enemy, and to carry messages, ammunition and medical supplies. See this personal recollection of the leader of a Marine Corps War Dog Platoon.

James Doolittle (Doolittle's Raid)

Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle led a dramatic bombing raid on Japan in April 1942. The raid was of little strategic value but it was a valuable morale booster for the U.S., and a morale buster for Japan.


The acronym for Died of Wounds.


The German city of Dresden was firebombed on February 13 and 14, 1945 by the Allies killing at least 135,000 people.

Dynamo (Operation Dynamo)

The evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk on the Belgian coast in May 1940.

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