Allied List of Operations of World War II

Operation Aberlour : 1944 - Allied attack on Galmanche, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Accolade : 1943 - British attack on the Dodecanese Islands, Greece  [Read More]
Operation Accumulator : 1944 - Diversionary Allied naval operation near the Channel Islands before the start of Operation Overlord; part of Operation Neptune  [Read More]
Operation Agreement : 1942 - British and Commonwealth attacks against targets in Libya
Operation Alacrity : 1943 - Allied naval patrols near the Azores
Operation Alpha : 1944 - Allied build-up of defenses at Kunming, China
Operation Alphabet : 1940 - British evacuation from Norway  [Read More]
Operation Alsos : 1940-1945 - Allied nuclear fission research
Operation Amherst : 1945 - Free French airborne attack in the Netherlands to capture canals, bridges, and airfields, sponsored by the British Special Air Service (SAS)
Operation Anklet : 1941 - British raid on German positions at Lofoten Islands, Norway
Operation Anthropoid : 1942 - British Special Operations Executive (SOE) assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
Operation Anvil : 1944 - Allied invasion of Southern France; later changed to Operation Dragoon  [Read More]
Operation Aphrodite : 1944 - American research on remote-controlling B-17 bombers
Operation Archery : 1941 - British commando raid on Vågsøy, Norway
Operation Archway : 1945 - British Special Air Service (SAS) operation
Operation Ariel : 1940 - Allied retreat from France using ports between Cherbourg and the Spanish border
Operation Astonia : 1944 - Allied attack on Le Havre, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Astrologer : 1941 - British convoy to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Atlantic : 1944 - Canadian attack on Caen, France in support of Operation Goodwood  [Read More]
Operation Avalanche : 1943 - Allied landing at Salerno, Italy  [Read More]
Operation Backfire : 1945 - British test launches of captured German V-2 rockets
Operation Balsam : 1945 - British photographic reconnaissance of southern Malaya and airstrikes against Sumatran airfields
Operation Baobab : 1944 - British Special Air Service (SAS) operation to destroy a rail bridge between Pesaro and Fano, Italy; part of Operation Shingle
Operation Basalt : 1942 - British commando raid on German-occupied Sark, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Britain
Operation Battleaxe : 1941 - British and Commonwealth attack in North Africa in attempt to relieve Tobruk, Libya
Operation Baytown : 1944 - Allied diversionry landings near the tip of Calabria, Italy; part of Operation Avalanche  [Read More]
Operation Begonia : 1943 - British airborne rescue operation for POWs in Italy, in conjunction with Operation Jonquil
Operation Berlin : 1944 - Allied withdrawal after failure of Operation Market Garden  [Read More]
Operation Bertram : 1942 - British deceptive operation for Operation Lightfoot
Operation Big : 1945 - Allied capture of the atomic pile at Haigerloch, Germany
Operation Bishop : 1945 - British naval operation to provide cover for Operation Dracula
Operation Biting : 1942 - British commando raid at Bruneval, France to capture a German Würzburg radar set
Operation Blackcock : 1945 - British attack on the towns of the Roer (Rur) Triangle (Roermond, Sittard, and Heinsberg) in the Netherlands
Operation Blackstone : 1942 - American attack on Safi, Morocco; part of Operation Torch  [Read More]
Operation Blockbuster : 1945 - Canadian advance toward the Rhine River
Operation Bluecoat : 1944 - Allied attack on River Vire, France; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Boarding Party : 1943 - British raid against German ships interned in neutral Portuguese port of Goa, India
Operation Boardman : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to create false threat of invasion in Balkans; part of Operation Avalanche  [Read More]
Operation Bodyguard : 1944 - Diversionary Allied attack in support of Operation Overlord
Operation Bolero : 1942 - The build-up of American forces and supplies for Operation Roundup
Operation Bolero : 1943-1944 - The build-up of American forces and supplies for Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Bowery : 1942 - Allied delivery of Spitfire fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Bravado : 1944 - Allied mine-laying operation around the Kiel Canal to prevent German naval reaction; part of Operation Neptune
Operation Brawn : 1944 - Canceled British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Brevity : 1941 - British attack on Halfaya Pass on the border of Libya and Egypt
Operation Brushwood : 1942 - American attack on Fedala, Morocco; part of Operation Torch  [Read More]
Operation Burza : 1944 - Polish local uprisings organized by the Polish Home Army
Operation Calendar : 1942 - Allied delivery of Spitfire fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Candytuft : 1943 - British Special Air Service (SAS) operation against the rail bridge between Pesaro and Fano, Italy
Operation Canned : 1940 - British naval bombardment of Banda Alula, Italian Somaliland
Operation Canned : 1944 - British search and destroy operation for German supply tanker
Operation Canter : 1943 - Preliminary assault on forward Mareth Line positions
Operation Canuck : 1945 - British Special Air Service (SAS) operation near Turin, Italy to train and organize Italian resistance fighters
Operation Capital : 1943 - Allied invasion of northern Burma
Operation Carpetbagger : 1943 - American paradrop to supply anti-German resistant groups
Operation Carthage : 1945 - British Royal Air Force bombing of the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark
Operation Cartwheel : 1943 - Allied attacks against Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Ocean
Operation Catapult : 1940 - British Royal Navy operation to seize, disable, or destroy the French fleet
Operation Catchpole : 1944 - American invasion of Eniwetok, Marshall Islands; part of Operation Flintlock
Operation Catechism : 1944 - British RAF attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Catherine : 1939 - British plan to gain control of Baltic Sea
Operation Chariot : 1942 - British commando raid on the German docks at St. Nazaire, Normandy, France
Operation Charmwood : 1944 - Allied attack on Caen, France; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Chastise : 1943 - British bombing of Ruhr dams  [Read More]
Operation Chastity : 1944 - Canceled Allied plan to build artificial harbors at Quiberon Bay, Brittany, France
Operation Chestnut : 1943 - British Special Air Service (SAS) raid in Sicily, Italy; part of Operation Husky
Operation Chettyford : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to hint a false invasion of the Balkans before the start of Operation Shingle
Operation Chronicle : 1943 - Allied landings at Woodlark and Kiriwina Islands off New Guinea in support of Operation Cartwheel  [Read More]
Operation Clawhammer : 1942 - Planned British commando raid on a radar site near Cherbourg, France
Operation Claymore : 1941 - British raid on Lofoten Islands, Norway
Operation Cleanslate : 1943 - American landings on the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands  [Read More]
Operation Clipper : 1944 - Allied attack on the German Siegfried Line at Geilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Operation Coat : 1940 - British Admiralty codeword given to the passage of a reinforcement force from Force H, consisting of the Battleship Barham, the cruisers Berwick and Glasgow and three destroyers, based at one end of the Mediterranean, to the Mediterranean Fleet at the other end. The force was late and only arrived one day before the already planned attack on Taranto.
Operation Cobra : 1944 - American breakout of the Normandy beachhead that laid foundations for the Falaise Pocket; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Cockpit : 1944 - Allied naval airstrike on Sabang, Sumatra  [Read More]
Operation Cold Comfort : 1945 - Failed British Special Air Service (SAS) operation to block the railway through Brenner Pass on the Italy-Austria border; alternative name of Operation Zombie
Operation Collar : 1940 - Brtiish convoy from Gibraltar to Malta and then to Egypt  [Read More]
Operation Colossus : 1941 - British airborne raid in Calitri, Italy
Operation Comet : 1944 - Planned Allied airborne attack in the Netherlands; replaced by Operation Market Garden  [Read More]
Operation Compass : 1940 - British and Commonwealth counteroffensive in Libya and Egypt
Operation Concertina : 1943 - Planned British invasion of Alderney in the English Channel
Operation Condor : 1943 - Planned British invasion of Jersey in the English Channel
Operation Constellation : 1943 - Planned British invasion of German-occupied Channel Islands
Operation Cooney : 1944 - French commando operation sponsored by British Special Air Service (SAS) to destroy German railroad targets in Brittany, France; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Corkscrew : 1943 - British invasion of Pantellaria, Italy  [Read More]
Operation Cornflakes : 1945 - American plan to insert propaganda into the German mail system
Operation Corona : 1943 - British Royal Air Force actions to deceive German air defenses
Operation Coronet : 1945 - Planned American invasion of Japanese home islands; part of Operation Downfall  [Read More]
Operation Cottage : 1943 - Allied attack of Kiska, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States  [Read More]
Operation Coullie : 1945 - British air attacks against the Nicobar Islands and air cover for minesweeping forces near Phuket Island
Operation Countenance : 1941 - Allied invasion of neutral Iran  [Read More]
Operation Coverlet : 1943 - Planned British invasion of Guernsey in the English Channel
Operation Crimson : 1944 - Allied naval air attack on Sabang, Sumatra
Operation Cromwell : 1940 - British codename to warn that a German invasion of Great Britain was imminent.
Operation Croquet : 1944 - Allied anti-shipping patrols off Norway
Operation Crossbow : 1943-1944 - British raids against German rocket research, production, and launch sites
Operation Crossword : 1945 - Negotiations which led to the German surrender in Italy; known as Operation Sunrise for Americans
Operation Crucible : 1940 - British codename to warn of a potential Luftwaffe attack on London.
Operation Crusader : 1941 - British attempt to relieve Tobruk, Libya
Operation Culverin : 1943 - Proposed Allied invasion of northern Sumatra
Operation Cupola : 1944 - British anti-shipping patrols off Norway
Operation Cycle : 1940 - Allied evacuation from Le Havre, France
Operation Cyclone : 1944 - American airborne landings on Noemfoor, New Guinea  [Read More]
Operation Daffodil : 1942 - British and Commonwealth raid against Tobruk, Libya; part of Operation Agreement
Operation Dauntless : 1944 - British Army action during Operation Overlord
Operation Deadlight : 1945 - Post-war scuttling of German submarines
Operation Defoe : 1944 - British Special Air Service (SAS) reconnaissance operation in the Argentan area of Normandy, France; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Dervish : 1941 - The first British Arctic convoy to Russia
Operation Detachment : 1945 - American invasion of Iwo Jima, Japan  [Read More]
Operation Devon : 1943 - British No.3 Commando amphibious landing to outflank the German lines at Termoli, Italy
Operation Diadem : 1944 - Allied attack on the German Gustav Line in Italy  [Read More]
Operation Dingson : 1944 - French commando operation sponsored by British Special Air Service (SAS) to organize and arm French Resistance fighters; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Diplomat : 1944 - Allied exercise in preparation for joint operations against the Japanese
Operation Diver : 1944 - Defense of London, England, Britain against German V-1 rocket attack
Operation Double Strike : 1943 - American air raid on Regensburg and Schweinfurt, Germany
Operation Dove : 1944 - Allied gliderborne attack in Southern Frace; part of Operation Dragoon  [Read More]
Operation Downfall : 1945 - Planned American invasion of Japanese home islands  [Read More]
Operation Dracula : 1945 - British amphibious assault on Rangoon, Burma
Operation Dragoon : 1944 - Allied invasion of Southern France; original name was Operation Anvil  [Read More]
Operation Driftwood : 1944 - Failed British raid on rail targets north of Rome, Italy
Operation Dukedom : 1945 - British search and destroy operation for Japanese cruiser Haguro
Operation Dunhill : 1944 - Aborted British Special Air Service (SAS) operation to support Operation Cobra
Operation Dunlop : 1941 - British delivery of 24 Hurricane fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Dynamo : 1940 - Allied evacuation from Dunkirk, France  [Read More]
Operation EJ : 1941 - British anti-shipping operation off Norway
Operation Encore : 1945 - Allied attack on German mountain positions in Italy
Operation Epsilon : 1945 - British evesdropping on imprisoned German scientists
Operation Epsom : 1944 - Failed British attack on Caen, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Excess : 1941 - British convoy to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Exporter : 1941 - Allied invasion of Syria and Lebanon  [Read More]
Operation Ferdinand : 1942 - Allied coastwatchers operating on Japanese-occupied islands in the Pacific Ocean
Operation Ferdinand : 1944 - Diversionary Allied attack to create the deception of an attack on Genoa, Italy before the start of Operation Dragoon
Operation Flax : 1943 - Allied air operation to disrupt the Axis system of air transport to Africa
Operation Flintlock : 1944 - American invasion of Marshall Islands  [Read More]
Operation Foil : 1945 - British operation to cut the submarine telephone cables off Hong Kong
Operation Forager : 1944 - American invasion of Mariana Islands  [Read More]
Operation Fork : 1940 - British invasion of Iceland  [Read More]
Operation Fortitude : 1944 - Allied deceptive operations to hint two false invasions before the start of Operation Overlord
Operation Foxchase : 1945 - British anti-shipping operation off Norway
Operation Frankton : 1942 - British commando raid on German shipping in the harbor of Bordeaux, France
Operation Frantic : 1943 - The use of Soviet airfields by bombers of Western Allies
Operation Freshman : 1942 - Attempted British raid on a heavy water plant at Vemork, Norway
Operation Fustian : 1943 - British airborne attack on Primasole Bridge over River Simeto south of Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
Operation Gaff : 1944 - British Special Air Service (SAS) assassination attempt on Erwin Rommel
Operation Galvanic : 1943 - American invasion of Gilbert Islands  [Read More]
Operation Gambit : 1944 - Allied usage of X-Craft midget submarines as navigation beacons off Sword and Juno beaches; part of Operation Neptune
Operation Garden : 1944 - British armor attack along highway 69 in the Netherlands; part of Operation Market Garden  [Read More]
Operation Gauntlet : 1941 - British raid on Spitzbergen, Svalbard Islands, Norway
Operation Giant II : 1944 - Canceled landing of US 82nd Airborne near Rome, Italy; part of Operation Avalanche  [Read More]
Operation Goalpost : 1942 - American attack on Port Lyautey (now Kenitra), Morocco; part of Operation Torch  [Read More]
Operation Goldflake : 1945 - Canadian administrative operation that moved troops from Italy to northwestern Europe
Operation Gomorrah : 1943 - British bombing of Hamburg, Germany
Operation Goodwood : 1944 - British armor breakout attempt from the Normandy beachhead/attempt to tie down German units in support of Operation Cobra  [Read More]
Operation Goodwood I : 1944 - British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Goodwood II : 1944 - British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Goodwood III : 1944 - British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Goodwood IV : 1944 - British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Greenline : 1944 - British attack on Caen, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Grenade : 1945 - American crossing of the Roer (Rur) River
Operation Grouse : 1942 - Norwegian guide party for Operation Freshman
Operation Guillotine : 1941 - British transfer of troops to Cyprus
Operation Guillotine : 1943 - British advance from Cyrenaica to Tripolitania, Libya
Operation Gunnerside : 1943 - Second British raid on a heavy water plant at Vemork, Norway
Operation Gymnast : 1943 - Early name for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa  [Read More]
Project Habakkuk : 1943 - British project to construct an aircraft carrier from ice for North Atlantic defense
Operation Hailstone : 1944 - American air attack on Truk, Caroline Islands  [Read More]
Operation Halbred : 1941 - British convoy from Gibraltar to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Hambone/Copperhead : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to hint a false invasion of Southern France before the start of Operation Overlord
Operation Harborage : 1945 - American capture of German atomic materials ahead of French occupation
Operation Harpoon : 1942 - British convoy from Gibraltar to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Hats : 1940 - British convoy from Alexandria to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Hawkeye : 1944 - American naval radar research
Operation Heckle : 1944 - British attack on the floating U-boat dock in Puddefjord, Bergen harbour, Norway by miniature submarine X-24 (Lt. H.P.Westacott RN).
Operation Holder : 1943 - British special naval transport to Murmansk
Operation Houndsmith : 1944 - British Special Air Service (SAS) commando action near Dijon, France
Operation Hurricane : 1944 - Allied bombing of Duisburg and Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Operation Hurry : 1940 - British delivery of Hurricane fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Husky : 1943 - Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy  [Read More]
Operation Hyacinth : 1942 - British and Commonwealth raid against Barce, Libya; part of Operation Agreement
Operation Hydra : 1943 - British air raid on rocket research facilities at Peenemünde, Germany; part of Operation Crossbow
Operation Iceberg : 1945 - American invasion of Okinawa, Japan  [Read More]
Operation Infatuate : 1944 - Allied assault on Walcheren Island, Zeeland, the Netherlands
Operation Inmate : 1945 - British and New Zealand naval bombardment of Truk, Caroline Islands
Operation Ironclad : 1942 - British invasion of Madagascar  [Read More]
Operation Jael : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to hint continued Allied focus in the Mediterranean Sea when the Allies had already decided on a cross-Channel invasion
Operation Jaywick : 1943 - Anglo-Australian attack on Japanese shipping in Singapore harbor
Operation Jericho : 1944 - Low-level Allied air raid on Amiens, France prison to release French Resistance and political prisoners
Operation Jonquil : 1943 - British seaborne rescue operation for POWs in Italy, in conjunction with Operation Begonia
Operation Jubilee : 1942 - Allied invasion of Dieppe, France  [Read More]
Operation Judgment : 1940 - British air attack on the Italian fleet in Taranto harbor, Italy
Operation Juggler : 1943 - 8th USAAF disastrous attack on the German ball-bearing factories concentrated at Schweinfurt in Southern Germany.
Operation Juneau : 1945 - American minesweeping operations off Okinawa, Japan  [Read More]
Operation Jupiter : 1942 - Planned British invasion of Norway
Operation Jupiter : 1944 - British attack on Hill 112 near Caen, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Keelhaul : 1945 - American and British forced repatriation of Soviet prisoners of war back to the Soviet Union
Operation Kitten : 1944 - Allied advance to the Seine River, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Krohcol : 1942 - British pre-emptive strike into Siam
Operation Ladbroke : 1943 - British gliderborne attack near Syracuse, Sicily, Italy; part of Operation Husky  [Read More]
Operation LB : 1942 - British delivery of Spitfire fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Lentil : 1945 - British air attack on Pangkalan Brandan, Eastern Sumatra
Operation Lightfoot : 1942 - British and Commonwealth attack of El Alamein, Egypt
Operation Livery : 1945 - British naval air strikes on northern Malaya and air cover for minesweeping operations
Operation Longcloth : 1943 - British deployment of Chindit forces into Burma
Operation Lost : 1944 - British Special Air Service (SAS) operation to lead French Resistance fighters to disrupt German forces; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Loyton : 1944 - Failed British Special Air Service (SAS) action at the Vosges Mountains in eastern France
Operation Lucid : 1940 - Canceled British attempt to use fire ships to destroy German barges that could be used for a British invasion
Operation Lustre : 1941 - Allied reinforcement of Greece
Operation Lusty : 1945 - American capture of German scientific documents
MAGIC : 1939-1945 - American code name for decoded Japanese cipher system
Operation Magic Carpet : 1945-1946 - American operation to transport American servicemen back to the United States
Operation Majestic : 1945 - Planned Allied invasion of Japanese home islands; scrapped in favor of Operation Olympic
Manhattan Project : 1941-1945 - American nuclear weapon research  [Read More]
Operation Manna : 1945 - Allied paradrop of food to German-occupied Netherlands
Operation Maple : 1944 - Allied mine-laying operation in and at the entrances to the English Channel; part of Operation Neptune
Operation Market : 1944 - Allied airborne attack in the Netherlands; part of Operation Market Garden  [Read More]
Operation Market Garden : 1944 - Failed Allied attempt to secure bridges over the main rivers of Netherlands
Operation Mascot : 1944 - The failed British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Matador (1941) : 1941 - Planned British pre-emptive strike into Siam from Malaya
Operation Matador (1945) : 1945 - British occupation of Ramree Island, Burma  [Read More]
Operation Matterhorn : 1944 - American build-up of long range bomber bases in China and India
Operation Meetinghouse : 1945 - Incendiary bombing of Tokyo, Japan  [Read More]
Operation Menace : 1940 - British and French attack on Dakar, French West Africa  [Read More]
Operation Meridian : 1945 - British air attack on Palembang, Southern Sumatra
Operation Millennium : 1942 - The first British 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne, Germany
Operation Mincemeat : 1943 - Allied deceptive operation for Operation Husky  [Read More]
Mission Boston : 1944 - American parachute assault near Merderet River in Normandy, France; part of Operation Neptune  [Read More]
Mission Chicago : 1944 - American glider-borne attack in Normandy, part of Operation Neptune  [Read More]
Mission Detroit : 1944 - American glider-borne airborne assault near Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy, France; part of Operation Neptune  [Read More]
Operation Most III : 1944 - The transfer of captured V-2 rocket components from Poland to Britain; also known as Operation Wildhorn III
Mulberry : 1944 - Allied construction of artificial anchorages off Normandy, France using block ships
Operation Musketoon : 1942 - British and Norwegian destruction of a power station in Norway
Operation Narcissus : 1943 - British Special Air Service (SAS) raid on a lighthosue in Sicily, Italy; part of Operation Husky
Operation Nation : 1945 - Successful SOE mission (Force 136) involving Karen guerrillas to attack Japanese forces in Southern Burma. Estimates suggest that the Japanese suffered 4,000 casualties for the loss of only 70 guerrillas.
Operation Navvy : 1943 - Allied building of the Tiddim road across the Chin hills in Central Burma.
Operation Nelson : 1944 - Canceled British Special Air Service (SAS) action in France
Operation Neptune : 1944 - Allied attack on the Normandy, France beaches; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Newton : 1944 - Free French jeep-mounted patrol in Champagne-Burgundy, France, sponsored by the British Special Air Service (SAS)
Operation Nipoff : 1946-1947 - The repatriation of 70,000 surrendered Japanese from Burma. About half were repatriated over a three week period in June 1946. The remainder between March and June 1947.
Operation Obviate : 1944 - British RAF air attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Olympic : 1945 - Planned American invasion of Japanese home islands; part of Operation Downfall  [Read More]
Operation Outing I : 1944 - British anti-shipping operation in the Aegean Sea
Operation Outing II : 1944 - British anti-shipping operation in the Aegean Sea
Operation Overcast/Paperclip : 1945 - American capture of German rocket technology
Operation Overlord : 1944 - Allied invasion of Normandy, France  [Read More]
Operation Paddle : 1944 - Canadian pursuit of German rear guard near the Seine River, France; part of Operation Overlord
Operation Pamphlet : 1943 - Australian convoy transporting troops from Suez, Egypt to Australia
Operation Paravane : 1944 - British RAF air attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Passport : 1945 - Amphibious landing by 25th Indian Division and 3rd Commando Brigade on the Myebon penninsula to cut Japanese lines of communication.
Operation Pedestal : 1942 - Allied convoy from Gibraltar to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Pegasus : 1944 - Allied rescue mission of airborne troops after the failure of Operation Market Garden  [Read More]
Operation Peking : 1939 - Polish naval withdraw to Britain prior to German invasion  [Read More]
Operation Perianth : 1944 - American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) supported operation in Sweden; also named Operation Sepals
Operation Perpetual : 1942 - Allied landing at Cap Carbon, Algeria; part of Operation Torch  [Read More]
Operation Pied Piper : 1939 - British evacuation of women and children from major cities
Operation Pike : 1939-1941 - British plan to invade the Soviet Union
Operation Pirate : 1944 - Allied training exercise at Studland Bay, England, Britain; in preparation to Operation Neptune
Plan W : 1942 - Planning between the Allied countries and Ireland to counter a potential German invasion
Operation Planet : 1944 - Canceled British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Plunder : 1945 - British crossing of the Rhine River  [Read More]
Operation Pluto : 1944 - Allied construction of undersea oil pipelines between Britain and France
Operation PM : 1945 - Allied removal of own naval mines off Auckland, New Zealand
Operation Pointblank : 1943-1944 - Allied bombing missions aimed at softening German coastal defenses in France
Operation Pomegranate : 1944 - British attack in Normandy in support of Operation Goodwood  [Read More]
Operation Pomegranate : 1944 - British Special Air Service (SAS) raid against the airfield at San Egidio, Italy in support of Operation Shingle
Operation Portcullis : 1942 - British convoy from Alexandria, Egypt to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Postage Able : 1944 - Allied survey of Normandy, France beaches using X-Craft and divers; in preparation to Operation Neptune
Operation Posthorn : 1944 - British naval air attack on shipping off Norway
Operation Potluck : 1944 - British anti-shipping patrol off Norway
Operation Primrose : 1941 - British capture of German submarine U-110's Enigma cypher machine and documents by HMS Bulldog
Operation Pugilist : 1943 - British and Commonwealth attack on the Mareth Line in Libya
Operation Queen : 1944 - Allied offensive operation in and near Roer (Rur) valley, Germany
Operation Quicksilver : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to hint a false invasion of Pas de Calais, France before the start of Operation Overlord; part of Operation Fortitude
Operation Regatta : 1941 - British invasion of Iraq from Basra up the Tigris River; part of Operation Sabine  [Read More]
Operation Regulta : 1941 - British invasion of Iraq from Basra up the Euphrates River; part of Operation Sabine  [Read More]
Operation Reservist : 1942 - Failed Allied attack on Oran, Algeria; part of Operation Torch  [Read More]
Operation Roast : 1945 - British commando attack at Comacchio lagoon, Northeastern Italy
Operation Romeo : 1944 - Free French attack on a German coastal battery in Southern France; part of Operation Dragoon
Operation Roundel : 1945 - British convoy escort to Murmansk
Operation Roundhammer : 1942 - Revised planning of Operation Roundup, the planned Allied invasion of Europe
Operation Roundup : 1942 - Planned Allied invasion of Europe
Operation Royal Marine : 1940 - First British mining of the Rhine River, Germany
Operation Royal Marine : 1944 - Second British mining of the Rhine River, Germany
Operation Ruthless : 1939-1941 - British Admiralty plan to capture an Enigma encryption machine
Operation Rutter : 1942 - Planned British invasion of Dieppe, France
Operation Sabine : 1941 - Allied invasion of Iraq  [Read More]
Operation Sabre : 1945 - British cutting of submarine communications cable off Saigon, Vietnam
Operation Sandcrab : 1943 - American attack on Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States  [Read More]
Operation Sankey : 1945 - British Royal Marines invasion against Cheduba Island, Burma
Operation Satin : 1943 - Allied plan to drive between German armies in Tunisia
Operation Savannah : 1941 - Free French attempt to ambush and kill Luftwaffe pathfinder pilots in France
Operation Saxifrage : 1943 - British Special Air Service (SAS) raid on the rail line between Ancona and Pescara, Italy
Operation Sepals : 1944 - American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) supported operation in Sweden; also named Operation Perianth
Operation Shingle : 1944 - Allied invasion of Anzio and Nettuno, Italy  [Read More]
SIGSALY : 1943-1945 - American-developed secure speech system for highest-level Allied communications
Operation Skye : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to hint a false invasion of Norway before the start of Operation Overlord; part of Operation Fortitude
Operation Slapstick : 1943 - British 1st Airborne Division landing at Taranto, Italy
Operation Sledgehammer : 1942 - Planned Allied invasion of Cherbourg or Brest, France; part of Operation Roundup
Operation Sleuth : 1944 - British pursuit of German raider in the Indian Ocean
Operation Slippery : 1945 - Planned British deceptive operation for Operation Zipper
Operation Snowdrop : 1942 - British and Commonwealth raid against Benghazi, Libya; part of Operation Agreement
Operation Source : 1943 - British X-class midget submarine attacks on German warships based in Norway  [Read More]
Operation Source : 1945 - British response to German Operaiton Sizilien
Operation Span : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation for Operation Dragoon  [Read More]
Operation Speedwell : 1945 - British Special Air Service (SAS) raid to disrupt rail communications in Northern Italy
Operation Spotter : 1942 - British delivery of Spitfire fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Spring : 1944 - Canadian attack near Caen, France; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Stalemate : 1944 - American attack invasion of Palau Islands  [Read More]
Operation Starvation : 1945 - American aerial mining of Japanese ports and waterways
Operation Stone Age : 1942 - British convoy from Alexandria, Egypt to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Stonewall : 1943 - Allied operation to intercept blockade runners in the Bay of Biscay
Operation Strangle : 1944 - American bombing of German supply lines prior to Operation Diadem
Operation Strike : 1943 - Final phase of the Allied assault on Tunis and Bizerte in North Africa
Operation Struggle : 1945 - British midget submarine attack on Japanese cruiser Takao in Singapore Harbor
Operation Substance : 1941 - British convoy to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Sunrise : 1945 - Negotiations which led to the German surrender in Italy; also known as Operation Crossword for non-American Allies
Operation Super Gymnast : 1943 - Early name for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa  [Read More]
Operation Supercharge : 1942 - British and Commonwealth attack of El Alamein, Egypt
Operation Supercharge II : 1942 - Brtiish attack on Tebaga Gap, Tunisia
Operation Supply : 1941 - British anti-submarine naval patrol off Madagascar
Operation Surgeon : 1945 - British capture of German rocket technology
Operation Sussex : 1944 - French reconnaissance operation to monitor German troop movements in Normandy, France, sponsored by American Office of Strategic Services (OSS); part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Switchback : 1944 - Canadian offensive against the Breskens Pocket of German resistance on the southern shore of the Scheldt estuary in the southern Netherlands
Operation Tabarin : 1943 - British Antarctic expedition for the possibility of establishing bases
Operation Talon : 1945 - British invasion of Akyab Island, Burma
Operation Tasma : 1943-1944 - Action of the Polish Home Army against German border guarding stations
Operation Thursday : 1944 - British deployment of Chindit units into Burma
Operation Tiger : 1941 - British convoy to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Tiger : 1944 - Allied training exercise at Slapton, England, Britain; in preparation of Operation Neptune
Operation Tiger Claw : 1944 - Canceled British carrier attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Tombola : 1945 - British Special Air Service (SAS) raid near Bologna, Italy
Operation Tonga : 1944 - British airborne attack east of the Orne River, Normandy, France; part of Operation Neptune  [Read More]
Operation Torch : 1942 - Allied invasion of French Morocco and Algeria  [Read More]
Operation Totalize : 1944 - Allied break out from the Normandy, France beachhead along the Caen-Falaise road; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Tracer : 1941 - British delivery of Hurricane fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Tractable : 1944 - Canadian operation against German defenses along the Caen-Falaise road to allow an Allied break out of the Normandy, France beachhead; follow-up to Operation Totalise and part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Transom : 1944 - Allied naval air raid on Surabaya, Java  [Read More]
Operation Trousers : 1944 - Allied training exercise at Slapton, England, Britain; in preparation of Operation Neptune
Operation Tube : 1940 - Delivery of equipment and aircraft spare parts to Malta via British submarines.  [Read More]
Operation Tulip : 1942 - British and Commonwealth attack on Jalo oasis in Cyrenaica, Libya; part of Operation Agreement
Operation Tungsten : 1944 - British carrier air attack on German battleship Tirpitz
Operation Tunnel : 1943 - British plan to intercept German blockade runners
Ultra : 1939-1945 - British code name for decoded German Enigma messages
Operation Varsity : 1945 - Allied airborne operation east of the Rhine River; part of Operation Plunder
Operation Vengeance : 1943 - American interception of Japanese aircraft carrying Isoroku Yamamoto  [Read More]
Operation Veritable : 1945 - Canadian crossing of the Roer (Rur) River
Operation Vigorous : 1942 - British convoy from Alexandria, Egypt to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Vitality : 1944 - Canadian offensive down the South Beveland peninsula near the Scheldt estuary in the southern Netherlands
Operation Vulcan : 1943 - Final Allied attack on Tunis, Tunisia
Operation Walk : 1943 - UK Guards Brigade attack on Horseshoe Hill at Mareth Line in Tunisia
Operation Watchtower : 1942 - American invasion of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands  [Read More]
Operation White : 1940 - British delivery of Hurricane fighters to Malta  [Read More]
Operation Wieniec : 1942 - Polish Zwiazek Odwetu sabotage against German railway transport
Operation Wildhorn III : 1944 - The transfer of captured V-2 rocket components from Poland to Britain; also known as Operation Most III
Operation Wilfred : 1940 - Failed British Admiralty plan to lay two live and one fake minefields in Norwegian waters.
Operation Windsor : 1944 - Canadian attack on Carpiquet, France near Caen; part of Operation Overlord  [Read More]
Operation Wop : 1943 - American occupation of Gafsa, Tunisia
Operation Worek : 1939 - Polish naval defense of the Polish coast
Operation Zeppelin : 1944 - Allied deceptive operation to hint a false invasion of Crete, western Greece, or the Romanian Black Sea coast before the start of Operation Overlord
Operation Zipper : 1945 - Planned British amphibious invasion of Malaya
Operation Zombie : 1945 - Failed British Special Air Service (SAS) operation to block the railway through Brenner Pass on the Italy-Austria border; alternative name of Operation Cold Comfort



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