9 Hilarious Military Code Names You Won’t Believe Were Actually Used

Jimmy Fallon told his audience, "The Pentagon just announced that its fight against ISIS will be called 'Operation Inherent Resolve.' They came up with that name using 'Operation Random Thesaurus.'" The weird operation names don’t stop there.

Operation Argument


World War II plan for attacking German factories by air.

Or: The unpleasant exchange that occurred between the Americans and Germans after we bombed their factories, and which prompted Operation I’m Not Talking to You.

Operation Brewer


World War II plan for operations in the Admiralty Islands.

Or: The operation to create a beachhead for the first Budweiser delivery truck in the Pacific Islands.

Operation Zipper


A World War II plan for an assault on Malaya.

Or: What the Colonel needs to be extracted from every time he dresses in the dark following Operation Brewer.

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Operation Toenails


World War II operation to capture New Georgia.

Or: What results when all the cool Operation Code Names are taken.

Operation Larry


Gulf War Forward Assembly Area used by the 1st Armored Division.

Or: The guy who was brought in to come up with new Operation Code Names following Operation Toenails.

Operation Slapstick


World War II British Airborne landing at Taranto, Italy.

Or: What happened at Taranto, Italy, when Operation Larry was joined by Operation Moe and Operation Curly.

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Operation Casanova


A World War II diversionary operation.

Or: Why that one soldier always stayed behind.

Operation Magneto


World War II code name for the Yalta conference between Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin.

Or: The X-Men’s mortal enemy takes on the WW II Men.

Operation Dracula


World War II plan for an attack on Rangoon, Burma.

Or: A military operation that by all accounts sucked.

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