Axis and Allies Acronyms Commonly Used

  • A&A- Axis and Allies
    A+3.9- Axis and Allies Global 40 with the latest Larry Harris update
    AAA- Axis and Allies
    AAE- Axis and Allies Europe (the old one released 1999)
    AAE40- Axis and Allies Europe '40
    AAP- Axis and Allies Pacific (the old one released 2001)
    AAP40- Axis and Allies Pacific '40
    AAR- Axis and Allies Revised
    AA Gun- Anti Aircraft Gun
    AARHE- Axis and Allies Revised Historic Edition
    AP- Transport

    BB- Battleship
    BotB- Axis and Allies Battle of the Bulge

    CA- Cruiser
    CP- Central Powers
    CT- Contested Territory
    CV- Aircraft Carrier

    DD- Destroyer
    DEI- Dutch East Indies
    DOW- Declaration of War

    ECan- Eastern Canada
    EE- Eastern Europe
    EUS- Eastern United States

    FEA- French Equatorial Africa
    FIC- French IndoChina
    FMG- Field Marshal Games
    FWA- French West Africa

    G40- Axis and Allies Global

    HB- Heavy Bomber Tech
    HBG- Historical Board Gaming

    IC- Industrial Complex
    IPC- money

    JP- Jet Power Tech
    JTDTM- Japan Tank Dash To Moscow

    KAF- Kill America First
    KBF- Kill Britain First
    KIF- Kill Italy First
    KISS- Keep It Simply Stupid
    KGF- Kill Germany First
    KJF- Kill Japan First
    KRF- Kill Russia First

    LHTR- Larry Harris Tournament Rules
    LRA- Long Range Aircraft Tech

    NA- National Advantage
    NO- National Objective

    OOB- Out of the Box

    SBR- Strategic Bombing Run
    SE- Southern Europe
    SJF- Slow Japan First (then kill germany)
    SS- Submarine
    SSX- Super Submarines Tech
    SZ- Sea Zone normally followed by a number. The number tells you which Sea Zone.

    TUV- Total Unit Value
    TT- Transport
    tt- territory (I know tt is used across the boards in both ways)

    UK- United Kingdom
    US- United States
    USSR- Russia

    WCan- Western Canada
    WE- Western Europe
    WOTC- Wizards of the Coast
    WRS- West Russia Stack
    WRU- West Russia
    WUS- Western United States

    R1, UK2, J4, etc. Letter is nation, number is game turn. So… R1: Russia Turn 1 (begining of the game) R4: Russia Turn 4
    T1, T5, etc. Generic turn designation, not nation specific unless context makes it nation specific.

    Let me know if I’m missing something. and i’ll organize them later.

    I updated the title to make it more easily found by people searching Google - � djensen

    I fixed the typo in the updated title

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10


    Half those acronyms are garbage.

    There is only 1 B in Battleship.  And there is no A in Cruiser.  I refuse to submit to a system designed by a bunch of puddle pirates, who were to afraid to get real jobs, and joined the navy.

    Use the standardized 3 letter system.

  • Founder TripleA Admin

    Your wordng is a little little too harsh. Think about the person who reads this list as a reference and then your comment after. Think if comments could be voted upon.

    The sentiment, however, is actually relevant because there is one article in particular on the website that has about 5 comments complaining about the acronyms. I’m even considering a global replace of “BB” with “BB (battleship)” in all articles on the website (not forums).

    I prefer spelling out as much as possible when possible but the fact is that many in the A&A community use these and this is a useful reference.  😄

  • The BB for Battleship is the United States Navy Acronym. Same with the CA, CV, DD, SS, AP all used by The Navy. this isn’t meant for anything more than a reference guild for noobs or someone reading something else and goes “wtf is that suppose to mean” So they can decode what people are saying. Not an attempt to set a standard language of the game.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    It doesn’t matter.

    I’m offended by the language. 🙂

  • What lang. is offending you so I can fix it. So not to run into this problem again. I’m trying to be helpful not offensive.

  • Founder TripleA Admin

    Yavid, you are being helpful. Gargantua seems to disagree with the system currently being used because it is based on the navy.

  • Is he an Army guy? if so then I understand. I’m an army brat myself and that’s the only College football (by that i mean sports) game my dad would ever watch was The Army/Navy game.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    LOL, Yavid, I mean no offense. I was being sarcastic, but that gets lost over the internet.

    There are only a handful of things that drive me abosolutely bonkers in life, and although the list is short… annoying internet acronymns are close to the top.

    If the average user can’t undestand it, or the acronymn uses letters that aren’t from the word and DELIBERATELY make things confusing, then the purpose of using an acronymn is faulted, and the user trying to communicate has FAILED.

    It doesn’t help that the listed acronyms also are associated with the Navy. 😛

  • I very much agree that using letters that appear nowhere in the word or words is alittle insane. The Navy being the biggest offender. I mean look at them top to bottom BB (battleship) CV (Aircraft Carrier) CA (Cruiser) CL (Light Cruiser) DD (Destroyer) SS (Submarine) AP (Transport) and even PT (Torpedo Boat) not one of them fit. I’m a much bigger fan of short hand like Inf. Art. Fig. Bmb.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10


    a 3 letter acronym system is superior. 🙂

  • @Gargantua:


    a 3 letter acronym system is superior. 🙂

    I go for being practical: using an already established system beats having to reinvent the wheel.

    A few missing/typos:

    IC - Industrial Complex
    KBF- Kill Britain First
    KIF - Kill Italy First

  • Founder TripleA Admin

    It’s only established for a few players, like the folks on this forum. However, newer players are not familiar with it.

  • @djensen:

    It’s only established for a few players, like the folks on this forum. However, newer players are not familiar with it.

    Some terms are pretty much established with the A&A community, I’d say, like KGF, OOB, etc., since their use started with Classic.
    For newer players it is also better to use the US Navy system because if they know any system then that would most likely be it.
    And I’m not a US citizen so I don’t really mind whether the Army or the Navy rules 🙂

  • My hope is to have a source where someone reading the boards would see something they don’t know what it means check here and go back to reading. I’m not trying to standardize the lang. at all

  • Thank you Hobbes for your help and the list is updated.

  • '17 '16 '15 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    All those Acronyms are spot on. They are the most common ways to make notation of games easier.

  • Customizer

    What’s a NO?

  • '21 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10


    What’s a NO?

    National Objective.

    By the way, there’s another acronyms thread over here:

  • List updated

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    What’s a NO?

    It means buy her aNOther drink.

  • @Gargantua:

    What’s a NO?

    It means buy her aNOther drink.

    I thought “maybe” was “buy me another drink”

  • Maybe could a moderator please put this thread as sticky? Thank you

  • @Hobbes:

    Maybe could a moderator please put this thread as sticky? Thank you

    Hope i did it right

  • @Yavid:


    Maybe could a moderator please put this thread as sticky? Thank you

    Hope i did it right

    I’ll report the one you just wrote if no one notices. 😉

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