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Afghanistan War

Afghanistan War  

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(1979–1989)Following a military coup in April 1978, the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan took power. The party was riven by sectarian disputes and, in December 1979, the Soviet ...
African-American troops

African-American troops  

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Variously called negro, coloured, and black, the history of African-American soldiers is that of US race relations in general. Even after the abolition of formal discrimination by colour, advancement ...
Aggression and Violence

Aggression and Violence  

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To understand the nature of aggression and violence on the battlefield, it must first be recognized that most participants in close combat are literally “frightened out of their wits.” Once ...
aid to civil power

aid to civil power  

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Specifically (in British usage) Military Aid to the Civil Power (MACP) means armed assistance to the police when the latter are unable to cope with riot, organized crime, or terrorism. ...
Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville Patrick McNamara

Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville Patrick McNamara  

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(17 April 1923– ).A wartime entrant into the RAAF, McNamara enlisted as an aircrew trainee in October 1941 and graduated as a pilot. He flew fighters with No. 75 Squadron ...
Air Force Combat Organizations: Strategic Air Forces

Air Force Combat Organizations: Strategic Air Forces  

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First introduced as auxiliaries in support of ground and naval forces, aircraft offered a potential technological solution to the problems of warfare in the industrial age. Aerial forces could fly ...
airborne warfare

airborne warfare  

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The first concept for the use of American airborne troops occurred during World War I in 1918, when Gen. Billy Mitchell proposed a mass drop of paratroopers against German trenches ...
ambulances

ambulances  

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The transport of sick or wounded forms an important element of the organization of military medicine, and its efficiency directly affects survival rates. An ambulance is effectively any vehicle ...
ammunition

ammunition  

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N. a supply or quantity of bullets and shells.
amphibious Operations

amphibious Operations  

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An attack launched from the sea by naval and landing forces, embarked in ships or craft involving a landing on a hostile or potentially hostile shore. An amphibious operation involves five phases: ...
amphibious warfare

amphibious warfare  

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Warfare consisting of attacks launched from the sea by naval and landing forces embarked in ships or craft and involving the landing and establishing of forces on a hostile shore.[...]
animals and the military

animals and the military  

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(see also horses). Man has made use of the strength, speed, and stamina of his companion animals, in war as well as in peace, from the earliest recorded times. Domesticated ...
Antipersonnel Weapons

Antipersonnel Weapons  

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Have been defined as being “designed to destroy or obstruct personnel.” The first antipersonnel (AP) mine device activated by human foot pressure, a fladdermine, was described by a German author ...
Anzac Day

Anzac Day  

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25 April,is Australia's most important public festival and has become over time the country's de facto national day, eclipsing the more manufactured Australia Day, 26 January. It commemorates the ...
armor, Body

armor, Body  

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Warriors have protected their bodies against the weapons of their opponents since the dawn of warfare. Generally, the type of armour worn has been appropriate to the nature of the ...
arms control

arms control  

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N. international disarmament or arms limitation, especially by mutual consent.
Army Combat Branches: Armor

Army Combat Branches: Armor  

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The motto of the U.S. Army's armor branch is “The Combat Arm of Decision.” Equipped with tanks and supported by infantry, artillery, helicopters, and air forces, armor units close with and destroy ...
Army Combat Branches: Aviation

Army Combat Branches: Aviation  

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The army aviation combat branch consists of those aircraft so essential to the day‐to‐day operations of ground forces that they are placed under the command and control of a ground ...
Army Reserves and National Guard

Army Reserves and National Guard  

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The Army Reserve originated in the National Defense Act of 1916, which established the Officers' Reserve Corps (ORC), the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and an Enlisted Reserve Corps (ERC). ...
Army, U.S.

Army, U.S.  

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The principal land force of the United States, entrusted with defending the country and preserving peace. The first regulary fighting force was the Continental Army, founded June 14, 1775, to ...

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