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Military language is full of abbreviations, near-abbreviations, and acronyms. The word “Steal” for instance, comes from the military acronym for “Supplies Taken in Excess of Authorised Listing”.

To assist you on your travels through Tanks Encyclopedia, we have formulated this categorized alphabetical list:


Note: Almost all of these ammo types may have a Tracer variant, this is identified in most cases as a “-T”. “AP-T, Armor-Piercing, Tracer” for instance.

AP Armor-Piercing
AP-I Armor-Piercing, Incendiary
APBC Armor-Piercing Ballistic Capped
APC Armor-Piercing Capped
APCBC Armor-Piercing Capped Ballistic Capped
APCR Armor-Piercing Composite Ridgid
APCNR Armor-Piercing Composite Non-Ridgid
APDS Armor-Piercing Discarding Sabot
APFSDS Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding-Sabot
APHE Armor-Piercing High-Explosive
ATGM Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
HE High-Explosive
HEP High-Explosive, Plastic (American designation for HESH)
HESH High-Explosive Squash-Head
HEAT High Explosive Anti-Tank
HEAT-FS High-Explosive Anti-Tank Fin-Stabilised
HVAP High-Velocity Armor-Piercing
KEP Kenetic Energy Penetrator
SAPHE Semi-Armor-Piercing High-Explosive
WP White Phosphorus, sometimes known as “Willy Pete”

Vehicle Designations

AFV Armored Fighting Vehicle
APC Armored Personnel Carrier
ARV Armored Recovery Vehicle
ASV Armored Security Vehicle
AVLB Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge
BARV Beach Armored Recovery Vehicle
CEV Combat Engineering Vehicle
IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle
LPPV Light Protected Patrol Vehicle
MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected
SPAAG Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
SP Self-Propelled
SPAT Self-Propelled Anti-Tank
SPG Self-Propelled Gun
SPH Self-Propelled Howitzer
SPRG Self-Propelled Recoiless Gun
TME Tactical Missile Erector
TEL Transporter Erector Launcher (missile)

Crew and Personel

Cdr Commander
Ldr Loader
Gnr Gunner


ERA Explosive Reactive Armor
FCS Fire Control System
ft Feet
HMG Heavy Machine-gun
hp Horsepower
IFF Identification Friend or Foe
gas Gasoline (engine)
kph Kilometers per hour
kw Kilowatts
LR Laser Rangefinder
m Meter(s)
mm Millimeters
mph Miles per hour
MG Machine-gun
NBC Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
p/w power-to-weight (engine ratio)
rf Rifled barrel (main gun)
RHA Rolled Homogeneous Armour
ROF Rate of Fire
rpm Revolutions Per Minute (engine)
RPM Rounds Per Minute
sb Smooth bore barrel (main gun)


GBR, UK Great Britain/United Kingdom
REME Royal Electrical Mechanical Egineers
RTR Royal Tank Regiment
JPN Japan
Services, Imperial:
IJA Imperial Japanese Army
IJAAF Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
IJN Imperial Japanese Navy
Services, Modern:
JSDF Japanses Self Defence Force
JGSDF Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force
JASDF Japanese Air Self-Defence Force
JMSDF Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force
RoC Republic of China
PRC People’s Republic of China
USA, US United States of America, United States
USMC United States Marine Corps
USSR Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Tanker Jargon

Gun Crutch British Term for the external gun Travel Lock
Tanker Bar Long bar with tapering to a wedge on one end used to open panels and assist in general maintenance.
Turret Monster The void between the turret and hull that has a habbit of swallowing pens maps and other equipment.

One Response to Lexical Index

  1. Donald Frost says:

    The A1E1 Independent is listed twice. Just thought you would like to know.

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