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  ABBREVIATION
S AND GLOSSARY

  AA & QMG assistant adjutant and quartermaster general (the principal administrative staff officer in a division)

  ADC aide de camp (usually a lieutenant or captain on a general’s personal staff)

  Adj adjutant (generally a captain, the staff officer to the commanding officer of a battalion or equivalent)

  ADMS assistant director of Medical Services (the senior medical officer in a division)

  ADS advance dressing station (the second link in the chain of medical evacuation)

  AG adjutant general

  Alleyman slang for a German (from French allemand)

  APM assistant provost marshal (responsible for military police matters at division, corps and army headquarters)

  Archie anti-aircraft gun or gunfire. From a music-hall song with the words ‘Archibald – certainly not!’

  ASC Army Service Corps (or, unkindly, Ally Sloper’s Cavalry)

  AVC Army Veterinary Corps

  BC battery commander

  BEF British Expeditionary Force

  BGGS brigadier general, general staff (chief of staff of a corps)

  Blighty Home, Britain

  BM brigade major (chief of staff of a brigade)

  BQMS battery quartermaster sergeant: the equivalent ofCQMS in the Royal Artillery

  BSM battery sergeant major (ranking as warrant officer class 2)

  bullring training area at the base

  Canary training NCO at the base (so called because of his yellow armband)

  CB Companion of the Order of the Bath confined to barracks

  counter battery

  CCS casualty clearing station (the third link in the chain of medical evacuation)

  CGS chief of the general staff (chief of staff of the British Expeditionary Force)

  CIGS chief of the imperial general staff (professional head of the British army)

  CMC Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  C in C commander in chief (overall commander of the BEF: until December 1915 Field Marshal Sir John French, and then General (later Field Marshal) Sir Douglas Haig

  CO commanding officer (properly used for commanding officers of battalions or their equivalents in other arms, though sometimes blurred with OC [qv])

  Coal Box German heavy shell (so named because of its cloud of black smoke: see also Jack Johnson’)

  CQMS company quartermaster sergeant (senior NCO, ranking as staff sergeant, responsible for administration at company or equivalent level)

  CRA commander Royal Artillery (artillery commander in adivision)

 
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