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Abd al-Qadir

Abd al-Qadir  

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(d. 1883)Algerian independence leader, Sufi mystic, and poet. Born in Algeria to a notable Moroccan family. Became involved in the Algerian independence movement after the French occupation of ...
Algeria

Algeria  

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Algeria is now much more peaceful, but its democracy is fragile and still vulnerable to occasional terrorismAlgeria has a narrow coastal plain which is regularly broken by parts of the Atlas range of ...
Algerian War

Algerian War  

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(1954–62)On 1 November 1954, hostilities broke out between the Christian colonists of French descent and Algerian Muslim nationalists who were organized into the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) ...
Amilcar Cabral

Amilcar Cabral  

(1924–73)Guinean revolutionary. He founded a clandestine liberation organization against Portuguese rule. From 1963–1973 he led a successful guerrilla campaign which had gained control of much of the ...
Angola

Angola  

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Angola's economy is growing thanks to oil exports but the country still faces a long period of post-war reconstruction.Angola has a dry coastal plain which is at its broadest in the north where it ...
Arab revolt

Arab revolt  

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(1916)A revolt against Turkish rule in the Middle East. In July 1915 Hussein ibn Ali, Sherif of Mecca, negotiated with Britain about rising up against the Ottoman Empire, a German ally during World ...
Arab-Israeli Conflict

Arab-Israeli Conflict  

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Ongoing conflict between Arabs and Israel over Palestinian territory. The origins of the conflict lie in the Balfour Declaration (1917), which promised “a national home for the Jewish people,” and in ...
attitudes to enemy

attitudes to enemy  

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The soldier's attitude to his enemy is often ambivalent. On the one hand propaganda (some of it usually often founded on fact) encourages him to see an enemy as a ...
Battle of the Ia Drang Valley

Battle of the Ia Drang Valley  

(November 14–16, 1965) a significant battle of the Vietnam War, it marked strategic changes on the part of both North Vietnam and the United States. For the NVA, it signaled ...
Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg  

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(German, ‘lightning war’)A military tactic employed by the Germans in World War II, which was especially successful in campaigns against Poland, France, Greece, and the Soviet Union. It employed ...
Borneo Campaign

Borneo Campaign  

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(1962–6).When the Federation of Malaysia was created it included the old British protectorates in north Borneo and the surrounding areas. This resulted in protests from Pres Sukarno of Indonesia ...
Byzantine army

Byzantine army  

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This was a continuation of the Roman army. By the end of the 3rd century the wars of conquest were over and the army's role was to protect the imperial ...
campaign in German East Africa

campaign in German East Africa  

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(1914–18).In 1914 Germany possessed four colonies in sub-Saharan Africa: Togoland, Cameroons, South-West Africa (now Namibia), and East Africa (now Tanzania). The fight for the fourth of these has ...
Carlist wars

Carlist wars  

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(1834–40, 1872–6).Although the Carlist wars originated in a disputed succession to the Spanish throne, they reflected tensions between liberalism and conservatism, the Church and anticlericalism, and ...
Carlos Marighela

Carlos Marighela  

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(1911–69),Brazilian communist who came to the theory and practice of urban guerrilla warfare comparatively late in a life devoted to clandestine activity. A mulatto, he joined the Brazilian Communist ...
Chad

Chad  

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Chad has had decades of civil war, and is still subject to many rebellions. Its future could be transformed by oilChad's territory forms a basin centred on Lake Chad on the western border. The ...
Chetniks

Chetniks  

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Serbian nationalist guerrillas who fought to protect the Serbian minorities in Macedonia in the late nineteenth century. The name was then adopted by nationalist guerrillas fighting initially with ...
Chinese Communist Party

Chinese Communist Party  

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(CCP)Chinese political party. Interest in communism was stimulated by the Russian Revolution (1917) and the May Fourth Movement and promoted by Li Dazhao, librarian of Beijing University, and Chen ...
commando

commando  

N. pl. -os1 a soldier specially trained to carry out raids: the commando unhooked a grenade from his belt.2 a unit of such troops.3 a group forming ...
commissariat

commissariat  

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ˌkämǝˈserēǝtn. a department for the supply of food and equipment.

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