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academies, Service

academies, Service  

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OverviewU.S. Military AcademyU.S. Naval AcademyU.S. Air Force AcademyU.S. Coast Guard AcademyOverviewU.S. Military AcademyU.S. Naval AcademyU.S. Air Force AcademyU.S. Coast Guard AcademyThe primary ...
ack-ack

ack-ack  

N.1 an antiaircraft gun or regiment.2 antiaircraft gunfire: a burst of ack-ack fire.World War II: signalers' name for the letters AA.
Alberghetti family

Alberghetti family  

A family of Venetian gun-founders and bronze casters who worked in the Venetian Arsenale from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Until 1582 their artillery was commissioned by the Council ...
Alfonso I d' Este

Alfonso I d' Este  

(1476–1534),Duke of Ferrara, the son of Ercole I d' Este and Eleanor of Aragon, the daughter of King Ferrante I of Naples. In 1491 he married Anna Sforza, daughter ...
antitank weapon

antitank weapon  

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Any weapon designed to destroy a tank. These may include guns of various sizes, guided missiles, rockets and their delivery systems, grenades, mines, and other obstacle systems.
Antonio López de Santa Anna

Antonio López de Santa Anna  

(1794–1876)Mexican military adventurer and statesman. He entered the Spanish colonial army and served as one of the Creole supporters of the Spanish government until 1821, when Iturbide made him ...
arms and armour

arms and armour  

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Personal weapons and protective clothing used in combat or for ceremonial purposes, regarded as objects of beauty as well as of practical use. In Europe armourers have invariably been workers in ...
Arms Industry and Trade

Arms Industry and Trade  

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Very little is known about the arms industry and trade in Europe during the Early Middle Ages, even though weapons were of course widely used by the warrior tribes of ...
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: Artillery

Army Combat Branches: Artillery  

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Beginning in colonial times, American artillery has served as coast artillery to defend the coasts, siege artillery to bombard fortifications, garrison artillery to defend land fortifications, and ...
Articles of war

Articles of war  

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The disciplinary code for the Royal Navy. They were first issued in 1653 and were based on the ancient sea Laws of Oleron in which maritime crimes and punishments are specified. In Tudor times most ...
Athenaeus Mechanicus

Athenaeus Mechanicus  

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Author of an extant work on siege-engines (Περὶ μηχανημάτων; see artillery; siegecraft), may probably be dated in the 1st cent. bc.Ed. R. Schneider, Abh. d. Gesellsch. d. Wissensch. zu Göttingen ...
Balkan Wars

Balkan Wars  

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(1912–13)Two short wars, fought between Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Bulgaria for the possession of remaining European territories of the Ottoman empire. In 1912 Greece, Serbia, ...
Battle of Fredericksburg

Battle of Fredericksburg  

A major Civil War battle near Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862, between Union forces under Gen. Ambrose Burnside and Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Confederate's entrenched ...
Battle of Hamburger Hill

Battle of Hamburger Hill  

(May 1969) a ten-day Vietnam War battle between U.S., South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese forces in the A Shau Valley. North Vietnamese troops had dug into Dong Ap Bia mountain ...
Battle of Iwo Jima

Battle of Iwo Jima  

(February 1945) a battle during the western Pacific campaign in World War II. When the Allied Forces Pacific Fleet commander was directed to occupy an island, Iwo Jima was the ...
Battle of La Molinella

Battle of La Molinella  

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The wake of a failed coup in Florence against the Medici regime in 1466 saw the creation of a defensive league involving Milan, Florence, Rome, and Naples. Perceiving this alliance ...
Battle of Murten

Battle of Murten  

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This battle, fought on the shores of Lake Morat (Murten in German) on 22 June 1476, represents a decisive moment in the conflict between the Burgundian state and the Swiss ...
Battle of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans  

(8 January 1815)A battle in the War of 1812, fought outside the city of New Orleans. A numerically superior British attempt led by Sir Edward Pakenham to seize New Orleans was brilliantly repelled by ...
Battle of San Jacinto

Battle of San Jacinto  

(21 April 1836)The last important battle of Texas's brief struggle to establish an independent republic. Sam Houston, with 800 Texans, defeated a Mexican force of 1400 at the San Jacinto River and ...

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