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Paul Francis
13-07-2011, 19:03
Home Forces War Book Code Words




(Source: WO 199/3289)



Used by

Code Word

Significance



GHQ Home Forces G. Ops

Action Stations

Indicated an immediate threat of invasion, for which a full-scale state of readiness,
and calling out of the Home Guard was required



Air Ministry

Banquet

Code word for a scheme to make operational use in an emergency of a number of training and non-operational aircraft.
The scheme was divided into eight sections, each of which was allocated an individual code-word.



Beetle Network -
Inter-Service Code Word

Beetle

Plan would come into effect on an invasion, using the radio for issuing certain specific instructions.
See 'Bishop', Blackbird', Caterpillars', 'Finish', 'Gallipoli', 'Parasols', 'Passports' & 'Pepper'



Beetle Network -
Inter-Service Code Word

Bishop

'I have sighted suspicious vessels which I think are probably enemy, but I am not certain'



Beetle Network -
Inter-Service Code Word

Blackbird

'I have sighted enemy ship/s' (surface vessels, submarines or motor boats’).
First reports of enemy invasion



Orkney & Shetland Defences

Blood Red

‘Enemy troops (a minimum of eight) either airborne or shipborne have landed or are about to land’.
All defences will be fully manned and operational schemes brought into effect.



GHQ Home Forces

Bugbear

A general warning that a raid by seaborne or airborne troops is anticipated, normally followed by the anticipated area,
such as Bugbear Deal, meaning a raid was expected to be delivered at Deal.



Admiralty

Deluge

Followed by an area and a number, indicating the degree of suitability of weather for invasion by enemy small craft.
1 Suitable, 2 Possible & 3 Unsuitable.



SO-in-C, GHQ

Essay

A practice W/T message between regions and the War Office



GHQ Home Forces 'A'

Foreman

Concentration of personnel reinforcements of certain arms and trades, normally at training



Air Ministry

Furnace

With addition of either Warm or Cold, refers to suitability or otherwise, of conditions for use of smoke screens.
Warm Suitability. Cold Unsuitability.



Beetle Network -
Inter-Service Code Words

Gallipoli

‘Enemy landing from ships or boat at …’



War Office

Minimise

Only messages directly contributing to the conduct of operations in progress were to be passed to signals for despatch.



War Office/GHQ Home Forces

Nuts & May

Deployment of AFVs from factories



Navy, Army & RAF

Panda

Emergency W/T communications between RAF aerodromes and Army Command and Corps HQ,
in the event of enemy attacks on aerodromes







Home Forces War Book Code Words – (continued)



Used by

Code Word

Significance



Beetle Network Inter-Service Code Words

Parasols

‘Enemy parachutists (number indicated) landing at …’



Beetle Network Inter-Service Code Words

Passports

'I have sighted a large number of enemy aircraft believed enemy, flying towards shore at …'



Beetle Network Inter-Service Code Words

Pepper

Used by coastal forces in prevention of invasion, meaning 'I am being attacked';
used in conjunction with Air, Heavy and Light.



Royal Navy

Purge

Followed by name of a locality – referred to C-in-C Nore's standing orders for defeating an attempted seaborne invasion.



Air Ministry

Simplex

Special forecasts of suitability or otherwise of conditions for enemy gas cloud attacks.
such as: ‘Simplex towards Sector No.... Suitable’



Beetle Network Inter-Service Code Words

Starlings

‘Enemy aircraft landing at …’



GHQ Home Forces

Stand To

Indicated that conditions were particularly favourable for an invasion. Troops would come to a complete state of readiness,
but the Home Guard would not be called out except for special purposes as ordered by GOC-in-C



Royal Navy

Toadstools

Naval beach mines



War Office

Wardog

Put Nuts of May scheme into operation