View Full Version : WW2 Phonetic Alphabet

Herc Jerk
29th Sep 2003, 04:55
Would anyone be so kind as to point me towards (or post) a copy of the phonetic alphabet as used back in "the good old days".

Believe it started with Able, Baker... and have been arguing about the rest with various people ever since!

Ta muchly


29th Sep 2003, 05:47
Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog, Easy, Fox, George, How, Item, Jig, King, Love, Mike, Nan, Oboe, Peter, Queen, Roger, Sugar, Tare, Uncle, Victor, William, X-ray, Yoke, Zebra

Red Spitfire Driver
30th Sep 2003, 03:52
Take a look at this site if you want to know anything about the (many) phonetic alphabets.


Cheers RSD

Herc Jerk
30th Sep 2003, 04:19
Muchas Gracias!!

StbdD- exactly what i was after thanks- was that from memory, or would you prefer not to say?!

RSD- that was a surprise, didn't realise how many different alphabets were, and still are, in use.

Is interesting to see X-ray used as far back as US Army 1916. I had thought X-ray(s) were more of a WW2 era invention with radar etc.

Certainly was a sad day when Mike, November replaced Monkey, Nuts....


30th Sep 2003, 07:30
I was interested to see the Afrikaans one as I lived in South Africa and did not know of it's existence. But then, my telecommunications experience was all in the UK. Note that it is unusal that they have 'Christo' for spelling English words. Why? There is no 'C' in Afrikaans.

When I worked as a Telephone Operator (many moons ago) in the UK, I see that it was the Dutch, International Alphabet that I tried to learn. I was not in the GPO so it was not compulsory but found it diificult to supplant the WWII Able, Baker that my father had taught his children!

The plethora of telephone directories, explains why you often found that the operator in the distant country had a different name for the letter!

I am particularly pleased to see that Johannesburg (1965) has my own first name as one of the letters, as I have never heard it used in any phonetic alphabet.